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

STUC office in Glasgow

Spaces limited.

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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Gender Matters - Engender Conference 2015

June 4, 2015, 10.30 – 16.00

Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

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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.



Returning to work webinar

14 May 2015 - 12:00


Venue: - Your computer!

Host: - Equate Scotland

Returning to work following a career break can be daunting, but with the help of some tools and information you can become more confident about your abilities to take those first steps.

This one hour webinar will get you thinking about how to move forward and will provide you with tips and resources to support you on your way.

The webinar aims to:

Provide a supporting environment by providing tips, resources and stories to normalise the experience of returning to work.

  • Allow you to consider how your values and strengths can help direct your decisions

  • Give you some ideas of how to brand and market yourself

  • Enable you to feel more confident about what to do next yet.
  • This is a career development webinar aimed at women with qualifications in science, engineering or technology, who are looking to return to work following a career break.

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Learn to say 'no' effectively

27 May 2015 - 10:00


Aberdeen City Centre

Host - Equate Scotland

A free one-day course aimed at women who want to be more assertive in their workplace

This one-day course is aimed at women who would like to become more assertive in their workplace. Whether you are already in employment or are actively job-seeking, being assertive is an essential skill to develop your career.

Being more assertive can help improve the quality of your relationships and support you to become more confident and competent.

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Returning to work

10 June 2015 - 10:00



Host: - Equate Scotland

Get your career back on track after a career break

Returning to work following a career break can be daunting, but with the right tools and information you can get back the confidence in your own abilities to find the position you’re looking for. This workshop aims to enable you to problem-solve issues which are maybe holding you back from attaining your career goals.

The workshop will:

  • Provide a supportive environment to share experiences with other women about to return to work.

  • Allow you to reflect on your strengths, where and how you might use them to find a work life balance.

  • Plan how to brand and market your skills through your networks.

  • Feel more confident about who you are and what value you can bring to your new role.

  • Consider the environment and working culture you want to have so that you can integrate your personal life with your career.

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WiRES- Women in Renewable Energy Scotland

WiRES at All Energy 2015

SECC, Glasgow

May 6, 11.00am-12.30pm

WiRES Skills Panel: 11am at Conference Room 3

WiRES is convening a Skills Panel on 6 May, 11.00 – 12.30 at All Energy 2015, providing an excellent opportunity to explore the skills requirements and challenges for the renewable energy industry. Please join us at Conference Room 3 after the Main Plenary session for a discussion with key industry players including EcoConnect, Employer First, the UK Energy Research Centre and the Open University. The session will be chaired by Abbe Brown, WiRES Steering Group Member and Deputy Head of the School of Law at The University of Aberdeen.

WiRES Networking Opportunity: 5pm at stand K29

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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