In this post you will find a selection of up and coming events and programmes relating to gender equality and women's participation in the labour market.

Close the Gap and CEMVO

Looking To The Future: Race and Equal Pay

Friday 8th May 10.30am to 12.30pm

at STUC office in Glasgow

Close the Gap and CEMVO are holding a half-day seminar for public authorities to support them in mainstreaming their equalities work on employment under the public sector equality duty. The aim is to provide a specific focus on race and equal pay, as public authorities prepare for publishing equal pay statements on race, including occupational segregation information, in 2017.

The event will provide an opportunity to share some lessons learned with regard to gender, identify some additional issues around ethnicity, and offer some practical solutions for improvement and making progress. This interactive group session will use findings from current research and case studies, and will provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

The seminar will look at:

· Challenges in addressing low disclosure rates

· The current evidence base on BME women’s experience of work

· Lessons learned from work on gender and equal pay

· Practical solutions to common issues on mainstreaming race equality

Lunch will be provided.

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Women and welfare reform

April 29, 2015, 18.00 – 20.00

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Since 2010, £26 billion worth of cuts have been made to benefits, tax credits, pay and pensions. 85% of this has fallen on women’s incomes.

Last year Engender published a joint report on the gender inequalities that explain this and the impacts of welfare reform on women in Scotland. Since then, more reforms have been implemented, with devastating impacts on women and children, and more cuts have been announced. Powers over welfare have also been promised to the Scottish Government, presenting certain opportunities to create a better system for women.

Together with Close the Gap, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Scottish Refugee Council and Scottish Women’s Aid, we are publishing an updated report that sets out these changes, the increasing evidence base and gendered courses for action the Scottish Government could choose to take.

Please join us at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the findings and ways to achieve the changes we want to see for women. We will also hear from women who have experienced welfare reform over the last year.

The event will coincide with Welfare Reform Committee’s Inquiry on Women and Welfare Reform, and will be co-chaired by Michael McMahon (Convenor and Labour MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill) and Claire Adamson (SNP MSP for Central Scotland).

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Gender Matters - Engender Conference 2015

June 4, 2015, 10.30 – 17.00

Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

This event is only currently open for bookings from members.

Bookings for non-members will open on April 20, 2015.

If you would like to become a member of Engender, you can sign up here.

Join us in Glasgow for our annual conference. As well as hearing about some of the triumphs and challenges in our work for gender equality, this conference will be a chance to shape our priorities for future action. This conference will continue on from the work we have been doing to consult women around Scotland on what changes are needed to improve the lives of women.

It will be a very interactive day where we will be discussing a whole range of issues to do with gender equality and working together to shape Engender's priorities - these will feed in to both our long term work, and into upcoming Holyrood and local authority elections.

Lunch will be provided and a creche will be available - please specify if you will require creche facilities on the booking form.



Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings

22 April 2015 - 10:00


IET Teacher Building, Glasgow

Equate Scotland

One day career development course looking at the 'sticky floors' and 'glass ceilings' which can prevent women making the most of their skills, knowledge and abilities. See more:

Who can attend?

Women qualified or working in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

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WISE - Women in Science and Engineering

A wide range of events across the UK from small workshops through training courses to major conferences. See more information