Engender submit CEDAW follow up report

Section: MembershipPolicy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 20th September 2021
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Engender has submitted a follow up report on measures taken by the UK to give effect to CEDAW.

The report follows the publication of the UK Government’s report on measures taken to give effect to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (this link will take you away from our website).

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Committee) requires the UK Government to report on their progress on four key recommendations. These relate to:

  • incorporation of CEDAW;
  • the impact of Brexit; and
  • an oversight mechanism for women’s participation in CEDAW at UK level.

Engender’s report – which the ALLIANCE contributed to – reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 and concerns around violence against women. It makes several recommendations, including:

  • The Scottish Government should develop a social care workforce strategy to reposition care as highly-skilled and appropriately remunerated work
  • The Scottish Government should set out how its proposals to ‘keep pace’ with EU law in devolved areas will impact women
  • The Scottish Government should implement the full recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Women and Girls
  • A Scotland-specific inquiry into the handlng of the COVID-19 pandemic should be conducted to ensure that the failure to adequately consider women’s lives and needs is accounted for across all public services and policy
  • The Scottish Government should work with violence against women services to ensure a sustainable funding model, rooted in legislation, to ensure all women have access to the support that they need.

You can read the full report via the Engender website (this link will take you away from our website).

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