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.
Engender welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s draft regulations for the new Adult Disability Payment (ADP). We have been engaged on work around gender and social security since the 2010 programme of “welfare reform” and over that period we have sought to highlight the ways in which women and women’s equality, safety, access to resources and human rights are all affected by the design and delivery of social security.
Date of publication: April 2021.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-Adult-disability-payment.pdf | File size: 224KB | Tags: socialsecurity, disability, womensrights,
Engender welcomes this opportunity to mark International Women’s Day 2021 with this briefing and the Parliament’s debate, which this year coincides with a year since the introduction of public health restrictions in the wake of Covid-19. This year’s theme ‘#ChooseToChallenge”, urges people to call out and challenge gender bias and inequality. Women’s inequality with men demands structural and targeted responses with the aim of disrupting women’s subordination and exclusion in policy, practice, and everyday life. This means understanding the reality of women’s lives, the specific barriers to equality women face, and how multiple forms of discrimination intersect with one another. There is a need to go further and faster to challenge sexism and inequality, unpaid and invisible labour, gender-based violence and harassment, and the undervaluation of women’s work.
Date of publication: March 2021.Filename: Scottish-Government-Debate-International-Womens-Day-2021-ChooseToChallenge.pdf | File size: 174KB | Tags: womensrights, equalrepresentation, cedaw, covid19
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
Engender welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee consultation on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill. We welcome the Bill and support its general principles; recognising that it represents a first step to make rent more affordable for women in the Scottish private rented sector. However, it is our view that the Bill could go further and address the widening gaps between women’s incomes and the amount women spend on rent.
Date of publication: December 2020.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Parliament-Local-Government-and-Communities-Committee-on-the-Fair-Rents-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 200KB | Tags: housing, womensrights, faireconomy
Women face myriad barriers to digital access, including possessing fewer digital skills and less digital confidence than men and being more likely to have insufficient resources to afford digital equipment. Where women and girls do have digital access, experiences of online misogynistic harassment and abuse severely impact freedom to make full and equal use of online spaces.
Engender therefore welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Digital Strategy for Scotland. Our view is that digital inclusion can and should encompass action to address the gendered barriers and inequalities that exist for internet non-users and users alike. A strategy that mainstreams these gendered issues will contribute to the advancement of women’s equality and rights
Date of publication: December 2020.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Consultation-on-the-Digital-Strategy-for-Scotland.pdf | File size: 213KB | Tags: womensrights, onlineabuse, vaw
We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation by Scottish Government and particularly its explicit recognition of prostitution as a gendered phenomenon, which is rooted in women’s inequality. In November 2020, the UN’s CEDAW Committee published a general recommendation relating to Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In it, it recommends that states focus on the four root causes of sexual exploitation in women and girls: 1.Systematic gender-based discrimination; 2. Conflict and humanitarian emergencies; 3. Discrimination in migration and asylum regimes; and 4.Demand that fosters exploitation.
In line with Engender’s expertise, our response to this consultation focuses principally on the first of these root causes, which maps onto the primary prevention approach set out in Equally Safe.
Date of publication: December 2020.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-Equally-Safe-consultation.pdf | File size: 292KB | Tags: womensrights, cedaw, vaw
This is a briefing for MSPs ahead of the Equality and Human Rights Committee debate on Valuing the Third Sector on 1st December 2020.
We welcome the opportunity to share a small glimpse of the impact the women’s sector has had in Scotland ahead of the parliamentary debate initiated by the Equality and Human Rights Committee on Valuing the Third Sector. We also highlight the role of the women’s sector in Scotland in delivering equality and human rights priorities and to reflect on issues raised by the Committee’s report in respect of sustainability and impact during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Date of publication: December 2020.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-Equalities-and-Human-Rights-Committee-Debate-Valuing-the-Third-Sector.pdf | File size: 200KB | Tags: faireconomy, womensrights, covid19
Women’s rights and children’s rights are closely connected, both because of women’s gendered social roles as mothers and caregivers as well as for the protection of the rights of girls and young women. Engender warmly welcomes the UNCRC Bill and the approach the Scottish Government has taken to the incorporation of children’s rights within it. However, we would restate that children’s rights and women’s rights go hand-in-hand, and that guidance and training must be sufficiently gendered in order to protect both girls and young women and mothers and primary caregivers.
Date of publication: October 2020.Filename: Engender-submission-of-evidence-EHRiC-UNCRC.pdf | File size: 226KB | Tags: womensrights, care, childcare,
This document is a submission in response tot he Scottish Law Commission Aspects of Family Law Discussion Paper on Cohabitation.
Engender’s primary interest is in ensuring that women are not disadvantaged by cohabitation. A system which presumed that equitable asset sharing, or independence of finances did not have long term consequence would not reflect the available evidence. We therefore suggest that any reform to the law be focused on the circumstances of the relationship and the ongoing intentions, responsibilities and practical finances of the parties throughout, with the aim of responding to advantages and disadvantages from the perspective of a fairness principle that allows for ongoing circumstances to be considered, in the same way that s.9 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act treats divorcing couples.
Date of publication: August 2020.Filename: Engender-consulation-response-Scottish-Law-Commission-Aspects-of-Family-Law-Cohabitation.pdf | File size: 265KB | Tags: womensrights, faireconomy
This is a briefing produced by Engender for MSPs debating the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill on 1st April 2020. It covers how the Bill should include a gendered response to the crisis, and includes a supplementary briefing note asking MSPs to support Amendment 54 which will ensure that decision makers must consider the impact of measures introduced under this Bill on women and other protected groups.
Date of publication: April 2020.Filename: Engender-Briefing---Coronavirus-Scotland-Bill.pdf | File size: 263KB | Tags: covid-19, womensrights,
Engender welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Scottish Government’s proposals relating to incorporation of the UN Charter of Children’s Rights (UNCRC).
We are fully supportive of intentions to incorporate the treaty into Scots Law and view the UNCRC as the first step in a human rights legal framework for Scotland, one which will include women’s rights both overtly and holistically. We are however concerned that some of the Scottish Government’s proposals would not lead to a comprehensive and rigorous system for the protection of children’s rights. While we recognise that children’s rights and women’s rights are frequently closely connected, we do not consider Engender to have any particular expertise in the UNCRC. We have therefore approached this consultation in its broad themes in order to highlight some key areas of support and concern.
Date of publication: August 2019.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Governments-consultation-on-incorporation-of-the-UN-Charter-of-Childrens-Rights.pdf | File size: 229KB | Tags: cedaw, womensrights, childcare
Engender welcomes this Scottish Government consultation on proposals for Scotland’s new national public health body, Public Health Scotland.
Women and men have different experiences and needs when it comes to their health because of the interactions between biological differences, relative access to resources, power, and safety, and cultural norms and expectations. The ability to influence their lives, behaviours and experiences in order to maximise their physical and mental health outcomes is highly contingent on whether an understanding of these gender differences is well integrated into the work of the proposed body and those working in public health.
Date of publication: July 2019.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Governments-consultation-on-a-new-National-Public-Health-body-Public-Health-Scotland.pdf | File size: 241KB | Tags: health, womensrights, menopause
This is Engender's Vision for Feminist Recovery manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election, including our 8 key asks for a more equal Scotland. Covid-19 pandemic have, and continue to have, significant impacts for women’s wellbeing. Lockdown and an as-yet-unknown scale of economic recession have disrupted women’s support networks, such as childcare, and made their livelihoods more precarious. This crisis will inevitably extend its reach across the next parliament. Reaching our 2030 vision for a gender equal Scotland is not impossible, despite Covid-19. Deliberate and urgent action is required now. We call on Scotland’s political parties to stop women’s equality being set back and support these ambitions to realise a more equal Scotland within this decade.
Date of publication: April 2021.Filename: Vision-for-a-feminist-recovery---Engender-manifesto-for-the-Scottish-Parliament-Election-2021.pdf | File size: 159KB | Tags: holyrood2021, womensrights, covid19,
Engender has been engaged on work around gender and social security since the 2010 programme of Welfare reform and over that period we have sought to highlight the ways in women, who are twice as likely to rely on social security for their income, have been systemically and grotesquely disadvantaged by reforms.
We therefore welcome this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of devolved disability assistance within Social Security Scotland. In the UK, women are a small majority of disabled people and, as a group, disabled women are amongst the very hardest hit by welfare reform.
Date of publication: June 2019.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-disability-assistance-in-Scotland.pdf | File size: 307KB | Tags: disabledwomen, socialsecurity, womensrights, faireconomy
This gender edit of The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government compiles all references to women, gender and issues with implications for gender equality which appear in the document.
This year’s Programme for Government comes amid the Scottish Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and ahead of the Scottish Elections in 2021. Considerable focus is given to protecting jobs and adjustments or investments in the health and social care system. The Government announced four new Bills to be introduced and the continuation of Bills already introduced ahead of the dissolution for the election next year.
Date published: September 2020.Filename: GENDER-EDIT-OF-PROTECTING-SCOTLAND-RENEWING-SCOTLAND-THE-GOVERNMENTS-PROGRAMME-FOR-SCOTLAND-2020-2021.pdf | File size: 251KB | Tags: genderedit, faireconomy, covid19, womensrights, cedaw, socialsecurity, care
This is a briefing ahead of the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee debate on in-work poverty. The design of social security has profound implications for women’s capacity to be in paid work, and in their experience of poverty once they are employed. This is because women are twice as likely to be reliant on social security as men, and have very different experiences of both poverty and the labour market. In their evidence to the committee’s inquiry, Close the Gap highlighted in-depth the multitude of factors which ensure that paid work is not a route out of poverty for women in Scotland. Despite the policy intention behind Universal Credit (UC), its design contributes to trapping women in poverty and exacerbates inequality between women and men.
Date of publication: April 2019.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-Social-Security-Committee-Debate-on-In-Work-Poverty.pdf | File size: 179KB | Tags: socialsecurity, womensrights, scraptherapeclause, scrapthefamilycap, cedaw
This year’s International Women’s Day adopts the theme of #BalanceForBetter and provides an opportunity to reflect on both the ways in which structural gender inequality continues to constrain women’s lives in Scotland, and the political will and action needed to tackle it. Women still carry out the majority of unpaid care and household labour as a result of traditional gender roles. This is one of the factors underpinning the fact that women are still chronically under-represented in elected office and public life, including leadership of private companies, public bodies, and in academia.
Date of publication: March 2019.Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-International-Womens-Day-2019.pdf | File size: 221KB | Tags: womensrights, makingworkvisible, vawg, gendermatters, ourbodiesourrights
Engender welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on how it might respond to Lord Bracadale’s recommendations following his Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland. We engaged substantively with the Independent Review, and took the opportunity it presented to consider the ways in which Scotland might respond to the gendered social phenomenon of misogynistic harassment and what might be characterised as ‘hate speech’.
Date of publication: March 2019.Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-Scottish-Hate-Crime-legislation.pdf | File size: 644KB | Tags: womensrights, vawg, hatecrime
Engender briefing ahead of the debate on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. The following briefing highlights our support for the general principles of the Bill at Stage One as well as the emerging consensus around amending the language of ‘gender identity’.
Date of publication: February 2019Filename: Engender-Parliamentary-Briefing-on-the-Census-Amendment-Scotland-Bill-Stage-1-Debate.pdf | File size: 510KB | Tags: womensrights, psed, lgbt
Engender welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposed changes to section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 and to outline some of our current research relevant to the potential impacts.
The question of a correct approach to a legislative response to emotional neglect is outwith the scope of our expertise. We are generally supportive of updating the current offence in section 12 in order to better reflect more modern understandings of emotional harm in line with the views of Scottish Women’s Aid. However, we believe that without careful scrutiny and drafting there may be unintended consequences for vulnerable parents.
Date of publication: November 2018.
This document contains a summary of commitments made in Scottish party manifestos for the 2019 European Elections that are relevant to Engender's work in advancing and enabling women's equality.
Date of publication: May 2019.Filename: Engender-EU-Elections-2019-Manifesto-Summary.pdf | File size: 728KB | Tags: womensrights, brexit, international, equalrepresentation
This annual report sets out the work that Engender has been doing over 2017-18 to persuade politicians, policymakers, and those with power and inﬂuence across Scotland that gender matters. Our small and dedicated staff team have been working locally, nationally, and internationally to make women’s voices heard in the heart of government, at the UN, and in political and policymaking spaces across Scotland.
Date of publication: November 2018.Filename: Engender-Annual-Report-2017-18.pdf | File size: 1149KB | Tags: womensrights, cedaw, engendernews , annualreport
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