Category Archives: gender politics

Reflections on a Year of Dangerous Women: Speaking Out, Listening, Resisting and Persisting!

On March 8 2016, Peta Freestone, Jo Shaw, and colleagues at Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), launched an ambitious collective endeavour using social media to ask the question: ‘What is a dangerous woman?’ The project … Continue reading

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Devolving abortion law: a positive step or cause for concern?

With powers over abortion legislation set to be devolved to Holyrood, Jennifer Thomson asks whether this presents an opportunity or a potential setback for women’s rights in Scotland. Powers over abortion are set to be devolved from Westminster to Edinburgh. The news, … Continue reading

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Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling? Leslie Evans appointed Scotland’s top civil servant

Another first for gender equality this week: with news that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had appointed Leslie Evans as Scotland’s top civil servant – the first time a woman has held this position. Guest genderpol blogger Professor  James Mitchell, University of … Continue reading

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General Election 2015: women MPs and candidates

Party and gender breakdown of new parliamentarians  after 2015 General election from the House of Commons library General Election 2015: women MPs and candidates.

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Shattering the Highest Glass Ceiling in Scotland?

Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay It has been a week of firsts: the election of Nicola Sturgeon as the first female First Minister of Scotland followed by the announcement that her first Cabinet – a ‘team of all talents’ – will … Continue reading

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Now is the right time to introduce tough gender quotas for the Scottish Parliament

Now is the right time to introduce tough gender quotas for the Scottish Parliament. Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay’s recent blog post for Democratic Audit

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Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Report from the Global Summit

The Global Summit on Sexual Violence is the largest and most high-profile event ever held on this topic. But while it has brought much needed attention to the issue of sexual violence in conflict, it has also attracted significant criticism. … Continue reading

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