Women and constitutional futures: save the dates – and join the debate!



Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh

  • Why should women care about constitutional debates?
  • Where are women’s voices and gender equality issues in the current discussions?
  • What do different constitutional options mean for women’s lives and the likely progress towards a more gender equal society?
  • What sort of Scotland do women want? Join the debate!

Academics from University of Edinburgh  together with University of Stirling, STUC, Engender, Nordic Horizons and WiSE, present a series of events aimed at bringing women’s voices into the current debates on constitutional reform. The new programme provides an accessible and impartial space to promote debate and dialogue on gender equality matters in the run up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

The seminars are aimed at interested individuals, women’s and civil society organisations, practitioners, policy-makers and political parties. The first three are focus on Care (December 6/7, 2012); Work and the Economy (January 17/18, 2013) and Constitutional Change itself, including issues of citizenship and representation (February 14/15, 2013).  

Save the Dates – 2013 events – 17/18 January and 14/15 February

 The Economy and Constitutional Futures: Gender Equality Matters in a New Scotland. Glasgow, January 17/18, 2013

The second seminar in the series examines the challenges faced by women in the Scottish economy, and the gendered impact of economic austerity and welfare reform; it also asks what opportunities are presented by current constitutional debates to rethink economic strategies and envision alternative economic models that which place gender equality at their core?

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC
  • Claire Annesley, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester, gender politics and policy expert
  • Ailsa McKay, Professor of Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University, founder member Scottish Women’s Budget Group
  • Diane Elson, Gender and Development expert, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of Essex, and founding member of the UK Women’s Budget Group

Women & Constitutional Futures: Gender Equality Matters in a New Scotland.  Edinburgh,14-15 February 2013.

The third event is held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 14 and 15 February 2013. It asks why should women care about constitutional debates?  What would an inclusive process and women “friendly” constitution look like? Does focusing on constitutional remedies deflect attention from pressing issues? How can we use existing constitutional and legal frameworks more effectively and creatively to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality, including equal political representation and women’s human rights? We draw upon international experience and lessons learned to date in Scotland and the UK to address these important issues.

Speakers include:

  • Thor Gylfason, Chair of the Icelandic Constitutional Project , “crowd-sourcing” constitutional reform
  • Georgina Waylen, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester, international expert on gender and constitutional reform
  • Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Niki Kandirikira, Director of Engender
  • Monica McWilliams, founder member Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition
  • Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law and feminist legal scholar, University of Edinburgh

The Constitutional Futures programme is funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and aims to draw lessons from international, UK and Scottish experience, and to promote informed discussion and inclusive dialogue about constitutional futures. Further information email Ros Cavaghan: <R.M.Cavaghan@ed.ac.uk>

or the Scottish Insight Institute


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