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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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Engender Parliamentary Briefing: Gender Balanced Boards Stage 1 Debate November 2017

Engender briefing on the debate on the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill. The following briefing highlights why the Bill, and further amendments, are needed to strengthen women's representation on public boards in Scotland.

Date of publication: November 2017.

Filename: Parliamentary-Briefing---Gender-Balanced-Boards-Stage-1-Debate.pdf | File size: 494KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation 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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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Electoral Reform

In December 2017, the Scottish Government launched its consultation on electoral reform. Among its many questions on the future of elections in Scotland, the Scottish Government has focused on possible reforms to anonymous voter registration as well as to improving gender balance in elected office.

Equal representation across politics and public life is a key issue within feminist agendas, and Engender has long advocated for women’s increased representation in both political and public life.

Date of publication: March 2018.

Filename: Engender-Response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultaion-on-Electoral-Reform.pdf | File size: 548KB | Tags: equalrepresentation publiclife quotas
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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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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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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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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.

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Whilst measures to erode the structural barriers that prevent women from entering into public office and to support women as candidates are also vital, these are simply not enough. If gender parity in our democratic institutions and gender equality more broadly are genuine political goals in the UK, then we must start moving towards a system of legal quotas to reduce men’s over-representation across public life.

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.docx | File size: 50KB | Tags: quotas equalrepresentation
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Introduction of Diversity Succession Planning for Board Appointments and the Lowering of the Threshold for Publishing Gender Pay Gap and Equal Pay Statements

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on the introduction of diversity succession planning for board appointments and the lowering of the threshold for publishing gender pay gap and equal pay statements.

Date of publication: November 2015.

Filename: Scottish-Government-public-sector-boards-consultation-November-2015.pdf | File size: 356KB | Tags: psed equalrepresentation quotas publiclife genderpaygap equalpay
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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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Engender Repsonse to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Introduction of Gender Quotas on Public Sector Boards

Engender's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on gender quotas on public sector boards.

Date of publication: July 2014.

Filename: Scottish-Government-quotas-consultation-Engender-July-2014.pdf | File size: 369KB | Tags: equalrepresentation quotas publiclife
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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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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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