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Students from LLM Human Rights Clinic deliver presentation on EQIAs to Scottish Government

Tue 5 May 2020


On 29 April 2020, students from the LLM Human Rights Clinic delivered another successful presentation to the Scottish Government. The small group of students presented research findings on behalf of the women's rights group project. The project examined Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) as the key tool used by Scottish Government to fulfil its public sector equalities duty (PSED) in promoting gender equality. Throughout the semester, students were supported by Emma Ritch (executive director) and Eilidh Dickson (policy and parliamentary manager) from the project partner Engender.

The presentation to members of the Scottish Government Equalities Unit and Engender outlined key areas of tension between the existing policy and practice of carrying out EQIAs in Scotland. The group evaluated the impact of EQIAs conducted by the government over the past few years to determine whether they had any demonstrable impact in terms of gender mainstreaming and improving gender equality in line with the requirements in the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). They focused specifically on four areas of rights: participation in political and public life; social security; health; and gender based violence. The group further explored the theory behind frequently contested issues relating to gender mainstreaming, such as the distinction between 'sex' and 'gender' and how intersectionality is rarely considered. The project report aims to support Engender's advocacy work on promoting incorporation of CEDAW into Scots law and to deliver useful analysis of the current EQIA practices used by the Scottish Government.

As noted in a previous news item, the women's rights project was one of two projects delivered by the Human Rights Clinic this semester under the supervision of Dr Kasey McCall-Smith. 

The project group included: Stephanie Fernandez, Amal MatovuRyan OakesMi PengJess RobinsonAnn-Kathrin StegerLaura Stelzer and Martina Trusgnach 

The presentation was delivered by Amal, Jess, Laura and Ryan.