Announcing the death of Emma Ritch, Engender's Executive Director

Emma Ritch

It is with profound sadness we share the news that our Executive Director, Emma Ritch, passed away suddenly on Friday 9th July.

Over a career dedicated to realising women’s equality and rights, Emma has been hugely influential in the movement in Scotland, through both her paid work and in a number of voluntary roles. Her intelligence and insight, kindness, and passionate feminism have made Scotland a better place for women, as well as enriching the lives of those who knew her personally.

Emma’s death is a huge shock to us all.

We know that many Engender members and supporters will be keen to share their tributes to her life and work, and we have created a space on our website where people can send messages of condolence and share memories.

The Engender office will be closed this week as we collectively process the loss of our brilliant director, colleague, and friend, but please know that we are sending all of our love to Emma’s family and friends, and anybody struggling with this news.

In sisterhood,

the Engender staff team and Board of Directors



Alys Mumford, Communications and Engagement Manager, can be contacted on 07889 805 785 or

Please feel free to quote from this statement in coverage.

The photo above can be used in coverage, credited to Beth Chalmers.

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