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GUEST POST: Looking Deeper: Black and Minority Ethnic Women in the Scottish ParliamentMay 13 2022 at 11:00

GUEST POST: Who are the conversation starters in the Scottish Parliament when it comes to marginalised women?May 11 2022 at 15:00

GUEST POST: Which women are visible in the Scottish Parliament? May 10 2022 at 11:00

Why we need data to achieve equal representation in politicsMay 5 2022 at 15:17

GUEST POST: Women’s Representation in the Scottish Local Council Elections 2022: What We Know So FarMay 4 2022 at 14:57

GUEST POST: Supporting women to stand for political officeMay 3 2022 at 09:00

GUEST POST: Why we need diverse representation nowApril 27 2022 at 10:35

GUEST POST: Women and Local Council Elections in Scotland March 23 2022 at 10:00

Data & Equality in PoliticsMarch 17 2022 at 15:55

Supporting Political Parties to achieve Equal Representation in PoliticsAugust 12 2021 at 15:22

#GE2019 - what's in it for women?November 28 2019 at 14:56

Protecting Scotland's Future: Programme for Government 2019-2020September 4 2019 at 14:58

Proxy voting and making politics work for womenFebruary 1 2019 at 14:20

Guest post: Reflections on the Intersection Between Race and Gender in Public LifeDecember 3 2018 at 15:56

What's in it for women? Programme for Government 2018-19October 5 2018 at 08:36

Gender equality and the Sustainable Development GoalsDecember 14 2017 at 11:19

Scottish Labour Party Leadership Election Q&ANovember 10 2017 at 09:43

What do women want from local councils?February 28 2017 at 15:53

Everything you need to know about the gender commitments in the Holyrood 2016 manifestosMay 2 2016 at 11:11

Scottish Green Party Elections - Female Co-Convener Q&ANovember 25 2015 at 17:12

Gender Matters: Twenty for 2016October 10 2015 at 00:52

Scottish Labour leadership contest: Q&A with EngenderNovember 20 2014 at 12:08

Guest blog: Indyref, women and politics (Indyref Thursday #5)August 21 2014 at 13:00

We celebrated IWD by talking about women's equality & Scotland's futuresMarch 18 2014 at 12:17


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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Engender response to the Scottish Parliament Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee consultation on Code of Conduct changes to give effect to the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Sexual Harassment and Sexist Behaviour

Engender is pleased to respond to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee consultation on Code of Conduct changes to give effect to the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Sexual Harassment and Sexist Behaviour. We continue to support Parliament taking any step open to it to ensure that robust accountability and support systems are in place to prevent sexual harassment, support women who report sexist and sexual harassment, and enable widespread and lasting culture change to realise women’s right to participate fully in political and public life on equal terms with men.

Date of publication: February 2021.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-to-the-SPPA-Committee-consultation-on-Code-of-Conduct-changes.pdf | File size: 145KB | Tags: vaw, womensrights, politics
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A Gender Edit of Party Manifesto 2021

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections on the 6th May 2021, political parties have published commitments in manifestos covering a broad range of devolved policy areas. This gender edit contains a list of commitments made that explicitly reference women’s equality, or which are directly associated with Engender’s asks in our Vision for a Feminist Recovery Manifesto.

While many other areas or commitments will be of great interest to women such as policies around rent, primary health care or climate change measures, for example, unless the party themselves has noted a specific commitment to advance women’s equality or rights we have not included them in this particular summary. Nor have we included commitments for which power and responsibility rests with Westminster or, in the main, those that take the form of broad statements expressing positive attitudes towards equality without a substantive commitment.

This gender edit covers each of the five parties elected in 2016. A supplementary document summarising the commitments of the other 20 parties running for election in 2021 can be found here:

Date of Publication: April 2021

Filename: A-Gender-Edit-of-Party-Manifestos-2021.pdf | File size: 312KB | Tags: holyrood2021, representation, politics
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee Call for Evidence on the Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the call for evidence on the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

As highlighted by Engender in its response to the call for written evidence on gender balancing measures on public boards in Scotland in 2014, policy changes are needed to tackle gender inequality across the public sector; to break down the barriers to women’s equal participation in public life; and to eliminate gender imbalance in leadership, authority and decision-making across public, political, social and cultural institutions.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-call-for-evidence-on-the-Gender-Representation-on-Public-Boards-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 778KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics publiclife
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Sex and Power in Scotland 2017

This report sets out the extent of men’s over-representation in positions of authority and influence in Scotland. In 2017, women still have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation throughout all areas of public life, with men holding 73% of the 3029 positions of power and authority identified.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: SEX-AND-POWER-IN-SCOTLAND-2017.pdf | File size: 752KB | Tags: sexandpower equality womensrights publiclife politics equalrepresentation quotas media sport arts
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A Gender Edit of A Plan for Scotland: The Government's Programme for Scotland 2016-17

This document is a ‘gender edit’ guide to the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2016-17. It includes all extracts that refer directly to women and gender, and selected text on issues where there are clear implications for women and girls in Scotland, such as social security and unpaid care. The Programme for Government confirms the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the opening year of the parliamentary term and it is worth noting that many of the policy and funding commitments set out are not new announcements.

Date of publication: September 2016.

Filename: A-GENDER-EDIT-of-A-PLAN-FOR-SCOTLAND---THE-GOVERNMENTS-PROGRAMME-FOR-SCOTLAND-2016-17.pdf | File size: 493KB | Tags: genderedit politics
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Engender Submission to the UK Government Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry on Women in the House of Commons After the 2020 Election

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to this inquiry on women’s representation in the House of Commons. Women have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation across all areas of public life in the UK. This is the case in the House of Commons, where men’s over-representation still stands at 70%, and throughout the political pipelines that lead to elected office nationally. This means that women are not able to participate fully in society and to exercise equal citizenship in the UK.

Date of publication: November 2016.

Filename: Engender-submission-to-the-Women-and-Equalities-Committee-Inquiry-on-Women-in-the-House-of-Commons-after-the-2020-election-November-2016.pdf | File size: 687KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics
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Equal Voice, Equal Power: The Case for Gender Quotas in Scotland

Women have unequal access to power, decision-making and participation throughout all areas of public life in Scotland. In order to participate fully in society and to exercise equal citizenship, women must be able to contribute across the spectrum of civic life. Evidence from around the world shows that increased representation for women in politics has a positive impact on both gender equality issues and social policy more broadly. Gender balance in parliament, local government and around decision-making tables influences both the focus and outcomes of discussions.

This report sets out the case for gender quotas in Scotland; looking at international examples, analysing the current gender balancing mechanisms at play in Scotland, debunking some commonly held myths about quotas, and making recommendations to the Scottish Government and political parties.

Date of publication: March 2016.

Filename: Equal-Voice-Equal-Power---the-case-for-gender-quotas-in-Scotland.pdf | File size: 358KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics publiclife
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Scottish Labour Party Leadership Q&A with Engender November 2014

Candidates for the leader and deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party answer questions on gender equality.

Date of publication: November 2014

Filename: Leadership-questions.pdf | File size: 336KB | Tags: politics
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Scotland's Futures: Women, Politics and Power

This briefing is part of a series that sets out how power and responsibility to tackle critical gender equality issues are divided between Holyrood and Westminster. It is part of Engender’s contribution to the independence referendum debate.

Date of publication: August 2014

Filename: Engender-briefing-1---Women-politics-and-power.pdf | File size: 64KB | Tags: indyref politics quotas equalrepresentation publiclife
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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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Quotas in the Scottish Parliament: Festival of Politics Briefing Paper

This briefing paper lays out Engender's position on parliamentary quotas. It was produced for the Festival of Politics, 2011.

Date of publication: July 2011.

Filename: Quotas-Statement.pdf | File size: 166KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation publiclife politics
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Politics in Your Pocket Resource

A pocket guide to gender inequality across political life in Scotland.

Date of publication: 2010.

Filename: PIYP-FINAL.pdf | File size: 992KB | Tags: politics poverty genderpaygap publiclife vawg austerity
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Engender Response to the Government Equalities Office on Proposals for Extending the Provisions for Women-only Shortlists

Engender's response to the Government Equalities Office proposal on extending women-only shortlists.

Date of publication: October 2008.

Filename: 081016-Response-to-the-Proposal-on-Extending-the-Women.pdf | File size: 19KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation politics publiclife
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