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Engender produces a range of publications including reports about specific subjects, parliamentary briefings, responses to consultations, and our annual reports. These are all available online, and we can also send printed copies of selected reports. Contact us to arrange this.

The Gender Matters Roadmap

In 2017 Engender launched the Gender Matters Roadmap, which sets out the steps needed to move closer to women's equality in Scotland by 2030.

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Access to Abortion: Situating Scotland in the Western World

This paper describes the different legal and regulatory contexts for abortion healthcare in Scotland and in other European and western nations.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: AccessToAbortion.pdf | File size: 396KB | Tags: abortion health international
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Engender Submission to the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights Call for Evidence on the Impact of Economic Reforms and Austerity Measures on Woman’s Human Rights

This is Engender's response to the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights call for evidence on the impact of economic reforms and austerity measures on woman’s human rights.

For years, Engender has worked with women and women’s organisations in Scotland to provide evidence on how the UK Government’s economic reform policies are breaching women’s human rights, and to lobby for policy change.
We are very pleased to present some of this evidence here. Our response mainly focused on social security policy, as well as provision of social care, violence against women and legal aid services in the UK.

Date of publication: March 2018.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-UN-Independent-Expert-on-Foreign-Debt-and-Human-Rights-call-for-evidence-on-the-impact-of-economic-reforms-and-austerity-measures-on-womans-human-rights1.pdf | File size: 632KB | Tags: international womensrights austerity
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CEDAW: Follow-up to Concluding Observations 4 nations report

This submission follows a four-nations shadow report produced for the UK examination in February 2019,1 and draws on evidence submitted by civil society organisations to Engender, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, Women’s Equality Network Wales and the Women’s Resource Centre in England. This interim shadow report focuses on the areas of concern indicated by the Committee (at paragraphs 13, 21 and 25).

However, since the CEDAW examination, the Covid-19 pandemic and continued austerity measures mean that women’s lives are likely to have worsened. We have therefore highlighted the impact of COVID-19 and violence against women to assist the Committee evaluate progress reported by the UK Government. We must stress that the UK government did not engage with any of the contributing organisations in the preparation of its report.

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Engender ICESCR Shadow Report

The sixth periodic report of the government of the United Kingdom on measures taken to give effect to ICESCR.

Date of Publication: April 2016.

Filename: Engender-shadow-report-April-2016.pdf | File size: 378KB | Tags: international
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Engender Refreshed Shadow ICESCR Report

Engender's refreshed shadow report to the 6th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This shadow report is supported by Close the Gap, Equate Scotland, Scottish Women's Budget Group, Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, and SCVO.

Date of publication: April 2016.

Filename: Engender-shadow-report-April-2016-ICESCR-UK.pdf | File size: 381KB | Tags: international
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Engender Shadow ICESCR Report

Engender's shadow report to the 6th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This shadow report is supported by Close the Gap, Equate Scotland, Scottish Women's Budget Group, Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, and SCVO.

Date of publication: August 2015.

Filename: Engender-shadow-report-ICESCR-UK.pdf | File size: 777KB | Tags: international
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UK Joint Committee on Women Response to the 2013 National Reform Programme

Each year, the European Women's Lobby asks national co-ordinations to comment on aspects of the individual European member state's National Reform Programme. This is the UK Joint Committee's response to the process that concluded in March 2014, which was drafted by Engender.

Date of publication: March 2014.

Filename: UK-Joint-Committee-on-Women-response-to-EWL-February-2014.pdf | File size: 371KB | Tags: international ewl
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Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women Concluding Observations 2013

The concluding observations (recommendations) of the CEDAW Committee, following its examination of the UK in 2013.

Date of publciation: July 2013.

Filename: 130730-Conc-Obs.doc | File size: 134KB | Tags: international cedaw
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Engender Shadow CEDAW Report

Engender's shadow report to the 7th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's CEDAW Committee.

Date of publication: December 2012.

Filename: 130508-Engender-shadow-CEDAW-report.doc | File size: 92KB | Tags: international cedaw
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Scottish NGO Commission on the Status of Women 57 Statement

This is a joint submission to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57th meeting in 2012. The theme of CSW57 was violence against women.

Date of publication: November 2012.

Filename: Scotland-NGO-CSW57-statement-15-Nov-20122.pdf2.pdf | File size: 158KB | Tags: international
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Engender CEDAW Pre-hearing Statement

Engender's statement to the pre-session working group, which took place in November 2012. This relates to the UK's examination by the CEDAW Committee in respect of its 7th periodic report.

Date of publication: October 2012.

Filename: CEDAWstatement-2012final.pdf | File size: 179KB | Tags: international cedaw
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Engender Submission to the European and External Affairs Committee Call for Evidence on the Implications of the EU Referendum Result

This paper sets out the need for effective gender mainstreaming and the inclusion of women’s voices as the Brexit process moves forward, briefly describes current gender equality law to which EU member states are bound under the terms of their membership and Scotland is therefore set to lose, and sets out the impact that this legislation has had on UK policy, and current EU programmes, policies and funding priorities that promote gender equality. In demonstrating what the EU has done and is doing for women, we highlight areas of concern and the need for action to protect women’s rights as the UK negotiates its exit.

Date of publication: August 2016.

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What's Next? Women's Equality in Scotland 20 Years After the Beijing Platform for Action

It is twenty years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was negotiated at the fourth world conference on women convened by the United Nations in China. Governments committed to a global framework for women’s empowerment and a diverse agenda to advance gender equality. The UK is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and is obliged to report against the twelve ‘critical areas of concern’ identified in the Platform. 1 Equality and human rights also engage devolved issues and the Scottish Government is therefore accountable for aspects of the UK’s international commitments on gender equality and women’s rights.

Since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, successive administrations have worked to tackle the entrenched inequalities that persist in Scotland, as they do elsewhere in the world. We welcome the recent commitments that have been made by Scottish Government to move this agenda forward, and the renewed focus on some of the most intractable gender gaps.

This briefing paper sets out the current context in Scotland across ten areas of the Platform. It outlines recent progress, particular gaps and challenges, and courses of action that the Scottish Government must pursue to deliver on its ambitions. The recommendations that we set out relate to policies and initiatives that are either well-established or already under development by Scottish Government, rather than the new measures that will also be necessary to achieve gender equality in Scotland. The Scottish Government’s existing commitments must be implemented as a matter of priority, or else Scotland will continue to fall short of realising women’s human rights.

Date of publication: April 2015.

Filename: EngenderBeijing20.pdf | File size: 156KB | Tags: international womensrights equality
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Scottish NGO Briefing for UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Joint briefing paper for the UN Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Produced by Engender, Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council, and Human Rights Consortium Scotland for the UN Rapporteur's UK Country Mission in 2014.

Date of publication: March 2014.

Filename: UNSR-briefing-final---March-2014---External.pdf | File size: 145KB | Tags: international vawg
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Engender Questions for CEDAW Examination of the UK

NGOs can submit questions to the CEDAW Committee in advance of the examination of their governments. These are the questions that Engender submitted prior to the examination of the UK.

Date of publication: September 2012.

Filename: CEDAW-Questions-for-UK-Govt-Sep-2012-Engender.pdf | File size: 564KB | Tags: international cedaw
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European Women’s Lobby General Assembly 2012 - Notes

Engender's notes of proceedings from the European Women's Lobby General Assembly in 2012.

Date of publication: August 2012.

Filename: EuropeanWomensLobby-ConferenceNotes20121.pdf | File size: 34KB | Tags: international ewl
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Engender and Close the Gap Joint Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on European Structural and Investment Funds 2014 – 2020 Programmes

A joint response from Engender and Close the Gap to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Scottish structural and investment funds programmes for 2014 - 2020.

Date of publication: January 2014.

Filename: Structural-funds-Engender-and-Close-the-Gap-January-2014.pdf | File size: 400KB | Tags: equality international feministeconomics
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Engender Statement on UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Engender's statement to the UN's Universal Periodic Review process.

Date of publication: April 2012

Filename: Statement-from-Engender-UPR-April-2012-1.pdf | File size: 119KB | Tags: international
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Women in Scotland: Facts and Stats 2012 Calendar

Women in Scotland calendar 2012: monthly facts and stats on women's inequality.

Date of publication: January 2012.

Filename: Engender2012CalendarFinal.pdf | File size: 3219KB | Tags: equality womensrights international publiclife politics genderpaygap care socialcare socialsecurity childcare vawg
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