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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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Our bodies our rights - Identifying and removing barriers to disabled women's reproductive rights in Scotland

Since 2013, Engender has been working with disabled women and disabled people’s organisations on a project to discuss the key issues facing women and girls in Scotland, and to enable a deeper and richer conversation about reproductive rights.

This report summarises what women have told us about their experiences of reproductive, sexual and parental rights, and makes recommendations to the Scottish Government and other bodies. Throughout the report you will see quotes from women who took part in project activities.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Our-bodies-our-rights---Identifying-and-removing-barriers-to-disabled-womens-reproductive-rights-in-Scoltand.pdf | File size: 374KB | Tags: disability, health, womensrights
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Our Bodies, Our Rights Easy Read Report

This is an Easy Read version of our Disabled Women: Our Bodies, Our Rights Report.

Since 2013, Engender has been working with disabled women and disabled people’s organisations on a project to discuss the key issues facing women and girls in Scotland, and to enable a deeper and richer conversation about reproductive rights.

This report summarises what women have told us about their experiences of reproductive, sexual and parental rights, and makes recommendations to the Scottish Government and other bodies.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Disabled-Women-Our-Bodies-Our-Rights-Easy-Read-Report.pdf | File size: 1028KB | Tags: disability, health, womensrights
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Our Bodies, Our Rights: Research Report

Disabled women’s lives and lived experiences have received limited policy attention in the UK, limited visibility, and limited inclusion in mainstream feminisms and feminist projects. Despite increasing movement towards intersectionality and intersectional agendas, disabled people have remained hidden in myriad ways.

As the accompanying policy report ‘Our Bodies, Our Rights: Identifying and removing barriers to disabled women’s reproductive rights in Scotland’ details, there is a lack of robust research examining the lived experiences of reproduction and reproductive rights of disabled women in Scotland.

Date of publication: November 2018.

Filename: Our-Bodies-Our-Rights---additional-research-report.pdf | File size: 686KB | Tags: disability, health, womensrights
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Gender Matters in Disability Easy Read Briefing

Women’s issues are often overlooked by the disability movement. Disability issues are not at the centre of the women’s movement. How then, do disabled women get their issues raised?

Engender and Inclusion Scotland have been working together and with other partners to identify the particular issues of concern to disabled women in Scotland and how these could be addressed.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: Gender-Matters-in-Disability-Easy-Read.pdf | File size: 1169KB | Tags: disability womensrights
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Gender Matters in Disability Briefing

Women’s issues are often overlooked by the disability movement. Disability issues are not at the centre of the women’s movement. How then, do disabled women get their issues raised?

Engender and Inclusion Scotland have been working together and with other partners to identify the particular issues of concern to disabled women in Scotland and how these could be addressed.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: Gender-Matters-in-Disability-Briefing---Engender-and-Inclusion-Scotland.pdf | File size: 148KB | Tags: disability womensrights
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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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UK General Election 2017: Priorities for Women’s Rights and Equality

This document details three key asks from Engender for the 2017 General Elections. We are asking all political parties and candidates in across the UK to include the commitments, which will protect and advance women’s equality and rights, in their manifestos.

Date of publication: April 2017.

Filename: Engender-Priorities-GE17.pdf | File size: 477KB | Tags: ge2017 equality womensrights
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Engender Parliamentary Briefing: International Women's Day 2017

This International Women’s Day Engender is drawing attention to two overlapping areas of women’s inequality: the persistent glass ceiling that has resulted in women filling only 27% of Scotland’s 3029 positions of power across political institutions, public sector, media and cultural bodies, and corporate world; and women’s persistently high share of unpaid domestic and reproductive labour.

Date of publication: March 2017.

Filename: IWD-2017-Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing.pdf | File size: 619KB | Tags: iwd womensrights makingworkvisible care
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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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Engender Response to the Public Consultation on the Proposed Sanitary Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to Monica Lennon MSP consultation titled ‘Ending Period Poverty’, which proposes to introduce a Bill in the Scottish Parliament which would provide women and girls with access to free menstrual products.

Date of publication: December 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-consultation-on-the-Proposed-Sanitary-Products-Free-Provision-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 499KB | Tags: poverty health womensrights
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Engender Briefing: The EU Referendum and Gender Equality

This briefing paper sets out the current gender equality law to which EU member states are bound under the terms of their membership, the impact that this legislation has had on UK policy, and current EU programmes, policies and funding priorities that promote gender equality. Women’s rights and equality have largely been missing from the EU referendum debate, and we hope that this information will be useful to those who are weighing their vote.

Date of publication: June 2016.

Filename: The-EU-referendum-and-gender-equality.pdf | File size: 378KB | Tags: euref equality womensrights
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Women's and Equalities Sector Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Socioeconomic Duty

As a coalition of national equalities organisations, we welcome the opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s proposals for the socio-economic duty and the principle of the socio-economic duty itself. We commend Scottish Government for giving serious consideration to addressing socio-economic disadvantage through its ambitions for the socio-economic duty.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: Equality-sector-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-Socioeconomic-Duty-September-2017.pdf | File size: 680KB | Tags: equality womensrights faireconomy
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee Call for Evidence on Homelessness

Engender welcomes the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee study on homelessness in Scotland, and its aim to ‘explore the underlying reasons which can lead to a person seeking homelessness services, and whether homelessness prevention services are effectively tackling those underlying reasons for homelessness’.

A review of policy and practice quickly reveals that approaches to tackle homelessness remain ungendered. Women’s experience of homelessness, including their pathways into and out of homelessness, are different from men’s, but poorly studied and understood. As explained by researchers in the UK, while ‘literature has increasingly acknowledged the presence of women amongst the visibly homeless population, it has rarely explored their experiences in any detail or sought to unpack the experiences of visible homelessness through an explicitly gendered perspective’ .

Date of publication: June 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-homelessness-to-Scottish-Parliament-Local-Government-and-Communities-Committee.pdf | File size: 720KB | Tags: womensrights homelessness
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee Call for Evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

Engender welcomes the introduction of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which ambitiously sets targets to eradicate child poverty by 2030. The introduction of the proposed legislation signals a commitment by the Scottish Government to continue to implement measures to build a fairer Scotland. Though we welcome the Bill, we wish to highlight the importance of understanding the gendered dimension of poverty, as it is our firm belief that understanding and tackling women’s poverty in Scotland will be central to the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: May 2017.

Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-on-the-Child-Poverty-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 523KB | Tags: socialsecurity womensrights childcare poverty
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Engender Response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Consultation on its Measurement Framework

Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) consultation on proposed amendments to its measurement framework. Beginning with an overview of the functions of the EHRC, this response proceeds with an overview of the EHRC’s previous framework and the rationale for developing the model under consultation. The response then provides an analysis of the proposed measurement framework and a set of recommendations to the EHRC.

Date of publication: February 2017.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-EHRC-Consultation-on-Measurement-Framework.pdf | File size: 567KB | Tags: equality womensrights faireconomy
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Engender Briefing: Scotland Bill

A briefing on the Scotland Bill before report stage.

Date of publication: August 2015.

Filename: Scotland-Bill-briefing.pdf | File size: 551KB | Tags: womensrights devolution
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on a Child Poverty Bill

Engender welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s plans for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland. We have consistently worked to highlight the inextricable links between women’s economic inequality and child poverty, and this consultation response is based on the need to mainstream gender throughout the development of any new legislation. Women are twice as dependent on social security as men, the gender pay gap persists at 14.8% in Scotland, 62% of workers that earn below the living wage are women, and pervasive violence against women undermines women’s access to resources and financial autonomy. Disabled women, black and minority ethnic (BME) women, lone mothers, unpaid carers, and refugee and asylum seeking women, amongst other groups are particularly at risk of poverty due to their gender and other forms of inequality and discrimination. Statistics show that a small majority of women in Scotland live in poverty, but these only take stock of figures for single-headed households and mask the extent of women’s poverty due to income inequality within many couple households.

Date of publication: September 2016.

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-child-poverty-consultation-Sep-16.pdf | File size: 392KB | Tags: poverty austerity socialsecurity womensrights
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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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Scotland's Futures: Women and the Referendum

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.

Date of publication: August 2014.

Filename: Engender-briefing-6---Women-and-the-referendum.pdf | File size: 61KB | Tags: indyref equality womensrights
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Engender Submission to the Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry on Race, Ethnicity and Employment

Engender's submission to the Equal Opportunities Committee inquiry on race, ethnicity and employment. Women’s disadvantage within the labour market is a key manifestation of gender inequality. Within this, women from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face particular discrimination and challenges in accessing paid work.

Date of publication: July 2015.

Filename: Engender-Submission-to-the-Equal-Opportunities-Committee-on-Race-Ethnicity-and-Employment.pdf | File size: 399KB | Tags: race employment employability equality womensrights
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Call for Evidence on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Justice Committee on the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.

Date of publication: February 2015.

Filename: 1502-HT-sub.pdf | File size: 389KB | Tags: vawg womensrights
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Common Weal: Eradicating Gender Inequality and Violence Against Women

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
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Gender Equality and Scotland's Futures

This policy report is Engender's contribution to the Scottish independence debate. It takes stock of the current context in Scotland across a spectrum of gender issues and outlines where power and responsibility for gender equality currently rest.

Date of publication: March 2014.

Filename: Gender-equality-and--Scotlands-constitutional-futures.pdf | File size: 335KB | Tags: indyref womensrights equality devolution
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Preparing to Care: Woman to Woman – A Guide to Becoming a Carer

This guide was prepared by women from the Inverness area who found themselves caring for their partners. They came together as a group to take part in Engender's 'Equality Counting' project funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Date of publication: September 2012.

Filename: Preparing-to-Care-A51.pdf | File size: 3089KB | Tags: care socialcare womensrights
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Multiple Jeopardy? The Impacts of the UK Government’s Proposed Welfare Reforms on Women in Scotland Background Paper

This policy paper outlines the multiple ways in which women are set to be adversely impacted by the UK Government's 'welfare reform' agenda.

Date of publication: January 2012.

Filename: Multiple-Jeopardy-Background-paper.pdf | File size: 642KB | Tags: austerity socialsecurity poverty womensrights
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Multiple Jeopardy? The Impacts of the UK Government’s Proposed Welfare Reforms on Women in Scotland Briefing Paper

This briefing paper outlines the multiple ways in which women are set to be adversely impacted by the UK Government's 'welfare reform' agenda.

Date of publication: January 2012.

Filename: Multiple-Jeopardy-Briefing-paper.pdf | File size: 441KB | Tags: austerity socialsecurity poverty womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Integration of Adult Health and Social Care in Scotland: Partial Equality Impact Assessment

Engender's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on its partial equality impact assessment of the integration of adult health and social care.

Date of publication: October 2012.

Filename: Engender-response-Soc-Care-Scot-EIA.pdf | File size: 65KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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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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Engender Response to the UK Government Equalities Office Consultation on 'Building a Fairer Britain: Reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission'

Engender's response to the UK Government's Government Equalities Office consultation on proposed changes to the purpose and governance structures of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Date of publication: June 2011.

Filename: 110616-EHRC-consultation.pdf | File size: 145KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Women Thinking Equality Series: Inequality of Access to NHS Services by Trans Women

This report is part of Engender's 'Women thinking equality' series on intersecting equalities issues. It outlines findings of participatory action research on the inequality of access to NHS services by trans women.

Date of publication: 2011.

Filename: Women-Thinking-Trans-Issues-Report-2011.pdf | File size: 1065KB | Tags: equality lgbt womensrights health
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Engender Response to the Christie Commission Consultation on the Future of Scotland’s Public Services

Engender's response to the Christie Commission on the future of Scotland's Public Services.

Date of publication: February 2011.

Filename: 110201-Christie-Commission.pdf | File size: 154KB | Tags: publiclife publicspace womensrights
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Women Thinking Equality Series: Disability

This briefing paper on gender and disability presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.

Date of publication: 2009.

Filename: stripped-disability.pdf | File size: 181KB | Tags: equality disability womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Public Sector Equality Duty

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on PSED.

Date of publication: November 2010.

Filename: 101126-Equality-Duty-consultation.pdf | File size: 268KB | Tags: equality womensrights faireconomy
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Women Thinking Equality Series: Race

This briefing paper on gender and race presents findings from Engender's 'Women Thinking Equality' project.

Date of publication: 2009.

Filename: deviceive-race.pdf | File size: 196KB | Tags: equality race womensrights
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee Call for Evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2 Amendments)

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee call for evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Stage 2 Amendments).


Date of publication: March 2010.

Filename: 100316-Engaging-in-Paid-for-Sexual-Activity.pdf | File size: 23KB | Tags: criminaljustice womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Public Sector Equality Duty Specific Duties

Engender's response to the Scottish Government consultation on PSED Specific Duties.

Date of publication: 2010.

Filename: Public-Sector-Specific-Duties-Response.pdf | File size: 85KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Women Thinking Equality: Summing Up

This paper represents the culmination of all our thinking over the life of the Women Thinking Equality project.

Date of publication: June 2009.

Filename: 1433846824_WTE-The-Summing-Up.pdf | File size: 578KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Engender Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Civil Remedies to Forced Marriage

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
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Engender Submission to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Call for Evidence on the Inquiry into Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System in Scotland

Engender's submission of written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into female offenders in the criminal justice system in Scotland.

Date of publication: March 2009.

Filename: 090306-Evidence-to-EO-Committee-Female-Offenders.pdf | File size: 31KB | Tags: womensrights criminaljustice
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Engender Response to the Consultation on the Scottish Government Response to the 2008 Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Engender's response to the consultation on the Scottish Government's response to the 2008 concluding observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Date of publication: March 2009.

Filename: 090309-UNCRC-response.pdf | File size: 69KB | Tags: childcare womensrights equality
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Engender's Submission on Extending the Public Sector Equality Duty Requirement to Give Due Regard to the Need to Promote Equality of Opportunity to Religion or Belief

Engender's submission on extending the PSED requirement to give due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity to religion or belief.

Date of publication: September 2008.

Filename: 080929-Public-sector-equality-duty-Religion.pdf | File size: 18KB | Tags: equality womensrights religion
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Engender Letter of Support for the EHRC Response to the Consultation on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

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
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Gender Audit Series: Population, Households & Families

A summary and discussion of the implications of data from the Gender Audit of
Statistics [Breitenbach,E. and Wasoff, F. Scottish Executive Social Research 2007] relating to care and caring prepared by S. Macpherson, Engender Associate and E. Thomson.

Filename: Population-Households-Families.pdf | File size: 48KB | Tags: womensrights publicspace
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Engender Response to the Home Office Consultation on Marriage to Partners from Overseas

Engender's Response to the Home Office Consultation on Marriage to Partners from Overseas.

Date of publication: February 2008.

Filename: 080327-Marriage-to-P-from-Overseas-consult-resp-Engender.pdf | File size: 60KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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Engender Response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Single Equality Scheme Consultation

Engender's response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Single Equality Scheme Consultation.

Date of publication: February 2008.

Filename: 080422-EHRC-Single-Equality-Scheme.pdf | File size: 34KB | Tags: equality womensrights
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