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.
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.
This is a briefing for MSPs ahead of the Scottish Parliament Stage One Debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill on 14th December.
We welcome this opportunity to highlight our work on misogyny and hate crime ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s Stage One debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. In particular, we welcome the Justice Committee’s detailed scrutiny of the effective response needed to tackle the nature and scale of harassment and violence directed toward women because they are women.
Date of publication: December 2020.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-Stage-1-Hate-Crime-and-Public-Order-Bill.pdf | File size: 163KB | Tags: hatecrime, womensrights, vawg
This is a note contributing to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault. As a policy and advocacy organisation, Engender works to secure women’s rights and we are ambitious in our aspiration to see a gender-equal Scotland for all women and girls.
Engender works closely with our colleagues across the women’s sector including Scotland’s violence against women organisations. We face a shared task given that violence against women is a cause and consequence of women’s inequality, but we have specific areas of expertise and focus. We are therefore responding to this consultation only where we have additional evidence to share about the experience of disabled and learning disabled women. On the wider issue we are pleased to endorse the evidence and analysis of Rape Crisis Scotland.
Date of publication: May 2019.Filename: 1557327269_Engender-note-on-Equally-Safe-A-consultation-on-legislation-to-improve-forensic-medical-services-for-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault.pdf | File size: 552KB | Tags: disabledwomen, ourbodiesourrights, vawg
Engender has drafted a briefing for tomorrow’s parliamentary debate on the report by Standard, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee into sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct. In our briefing, we outline our support for certain measures recommended by the Committee, as well as share further action which could be taken to prevent, appropriately investigate, and sanction sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing---SPPA-report-on-sexual-harassment.pdf | File size: 574KB | Tags: politics, sexism, vawg
This is Engender's response to the call for evidence to the sexual harassment inquiry by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
Engender's Parliamentary and Policy Manager, Emma Trottier, appeared before the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee to speak on this topic on February 1st 2018.
Date of publication: January 2018.Filename: Consultation-Response---Sexual-Harassment-Investigation.pdf | File size: 523KB | Tags: vawg sexualharassment
Engender welcomes the opportunity presented by this independent review to consider the ways in which Scotland might respond to the gendered social phenomenon of misogynistic harassment and hate speech.
The aim of Lord Bracadale’s review is to consider “whether the law should be clarified and harmonised, and whether additional protected groups should be included” . Our submission attempts to reflect on the shape and impact of misogynistic harassment of women in Scotland, and to generate ideas about how this might be disrupted.
Date of publication: November 2017.
Engender briefing on the debate to mark the 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of violence against women and girls. The briefing sets out the epidemic levels of violence that persist in Scotland, the ways in which women's inequality is cause and consequence of violence against women, and our calls for making change happen in communities in Scotland.
Date of publication: November 2017.Filename: Parliamentary-Briefing---16-Days-of-Activism.pdf | File size: 433KB | Tags: vawg activism
Engender welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Equally Safe draft delivery plan.
As a women’s equality policy and advocacy organization, we have joined sister organisations in the violence against women sector in warmly welcoming the broad approach of Equally Safe. This bold document of ambition firmly locates the causal story for men’s violence against women in women’s inequality.
Date of publication: June 2017.
Engender welcomes the proposed legislation as an opportunity to advance Scotland’s compliance with domestic and international obligations respecting women’s rights and women’s equality. In Scotland last year, 59,882 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded by police in Scotland, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2013-14. Of the recorded incidents, 79% had a female victim and male perpetrator.
Date of publication: May 2017.Filename: Engender-Submission-of-eveidence-on-the-Domestic-Abuse-Scotland-Bill-to-Scottish-Parliament-Justice-.pdf | File size: 618KB | Tags: vawg
Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to Scottish Government on its Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy. We observed in our submission on the Human Trafficking Bill that around 75% of people trafficked into Scotland are women, the vast majority of traffickers are men, and ‘sex trafficking’ is the most prevalent form of abuse . Cross-border movement of people is heavily associated with commercial sexual exploitation. Globally, 98% of those trafficked for that purpose are female, with 21% children and 79% adult women . The contexts into which the draft strategy describes individuals as being trafficked into in Scotland, including commercial sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and criminal exploitation, domestic servitude, and sham marriages , are all highly gendered. It is our position that gendered interventions will necessarily be required to meet the strategy’s ambitions to “eliminate human trafficking and exploitation” and “investigate the crimes and disrupt the activities of the perpetrators”.
Date of publication: March 2017.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Trafficking-and-Exploitation-Strategy.pdf | File size: 539KB | Tags: vawg
Engender welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee on bullying and harassment of children and young people, with a particular focus on sexism, sexual harassment and gender inequalities in the school system.
Sexist bullying and sexual harassment undermine the dignity and safety of girls and young women, negatively impacting on their views of themselves and their experience of and attainment in education. Sexist bullying and misogynistic behaviours and attitudes within schools also contribute to a culture that sustains and amplifies gender segregation and gender stereotyping, limiting equal opportunities and creating a conducive context for violence against women and girls in society as a whole.
Date of publication: October 2016.Filename: Engender-submission-on-bullying-and-harassment-in-schools.pdf | File size: 664KB | Tags: education vawg
Engender welcomes the opportunity presented by this consultation to consider the ways in which Scotland might respond to the gendered social phenomenon of prostitution. The aim of the draft proposal is to “begin a debate on how to reform the law”, in the knowledge that a Bill cannot be introduced in this session of the Parliament. We have therefore chosen to offer some reflections on the criminal justice responses to the sale of sexual services, as set out in the consultation document, but also to attempt to think more widely around the issues it presents around women’s rights and gender relations.
Date of publication: December 2015.Filename: Prostitution-Law-Reform-Scotland-Bill-response-November-2015.pdf | File size: 439KB | Tags: vawg
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-2---Violence-against-women.pdf | File size: 61KB | Tags: indyref vawg
Engender's submission of written evidence to the Justice Committee on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.
Date of publication: February 2015.
This paper on gender inequality and violence against women was written by Lesley Orr, Emma Ritch, Marsha Scott, and Nel Whiting in May 2014. An edited version appears as part of the text of the Common Weal book. An expanded version will be published as a Common Weal paper later in the year.
Date of publication: May 2014.Filename: Eradicting-gender-inequality-and-violence-against-women-May-2014.pdf | File size: 235KB | Tags: equality vawg womensrights
A joint statement from Engender, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Womenʼs Aid, Scottish Womenʼs Convention, White Ribbon Scotland, Womenʼs Support Project and Zero Tolerance welcoming 'Equally Safe', the Scottish Government strategy document that outlines a gendered approach to tackling gender based violence.
Date of publication: July 2014.Filename: Welcoming-Equally-Safe-july14.pdf | File size: 641KB | Tags: vawg
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
Engender's response to consultation on the Human Trafficking (Scotland) Bill, a Private Member's Bill presented by Jenny Marra MSP.
Date of publication: January 2014.Filename: 1401-Human-trafficking-sub.pdf | File size: 205KB | Tags: vawg
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
Engender's response to the public consultation on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill 2.
Date of publication: December 2012.Filename: 121212-prostitution-consultation.docx | File size: 22KB | Tags: vawg criminaljustice
Engender's response to the consultation on the private members' bill lodged by Trish Godman MSP.
Date of publication: February 2011.Filename: 110209-Criminalisation-of-the-Purchase-and-Sale-of-Sex.pdf | File size: 67KB | Tags: vawg criminal justice
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
Engender's written submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee call for written evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.
Date of publication: April 2009.Filename: 090425-Evidence-re-extreme-porn.pdf | File size: 26KB | Tags: criminaljustice vawg
Engender's response to the Forced Marriage: Civil Remedies consultation from the Scottish Government.
Date of publication: March 2009.Filename: 090401-Forced-Marriage-consultation-response.pdf | File size: 79KB | Tags: womensrights vawg
This is a letter of support from Engender for the Equality and Human Rights Commission submission of written evidence to the consulation on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill.
Date of publication: December 2008.Filename: 080911-Sexual-Offences-Written-Evidence-21.pdf | File size: 24KB | Tags: vawg womensrights equality
Engender Response to the Scottish Law Commission Proposals for Rape and Sexual Offences.
Date of publication: March 2008.Filename: 080312-SLC-Rape-Sexual-Offences.pdf | File size: 27KB | Tags: vawg criminaljustice
A leaflet outlining Engender's position on violence against women.
Date of publication: 2008.Filename: Chicken-and-egg-booklet-A5-4.pdf | File size: 460KB | Tags: vawg
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