Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) is encouraging women who live, work or study in Fife to take part in the UN review of the status of women’s rights in the UK.

The consultation is led by Engender in Scotland and is seeking evidence from women and equalities organisations across Scotland to inform their shadow report to the UN CEDAW committee (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). Shadow reporting is an essential tool for non-governmental organisations supporting women’s rights. By submitting a shadow report to the UN CEDAW Committee, women’s organisations can share civil society’s perspective of women’s rights across the UK. The UN CEDAW Committee have previously noted the following areas of concern:

  • Violence against women including FGM and trafficking
  • Access to legal aid and justice
  • Women in prison
  • Participation in public and political life
  • Women’s underrepresentation in decision-making positions
  • Education
  • Employment and economic development
  • Gender stereotyping
  • National machinery for the advancement of women
  • Legal status and implementation of CEDAW

The consultation particularly seeks views on:

  • Outstanding concerns with women’s rights in these areas of concern in Scotland
  • The policy development process (i.e., from generating an idea to the coming into force of a Bill, strategy or programme) where has this not been aligned with the ambitions of CEDAW (e.g., not taken account of CEDAW)
  • Legislative initiatives and/or policy reforms put in place to promote women’s rights and gender equality in Scotland in the past 5 years?
  • Anything else you would like to share with the UN CEDAW Committee in respect of women’s rights in Scotland?

FCE would like to hear your views about issues that affect you locally, contact us by email at, by phone at 01592 645310, or we can arrange meet in person. You can also take part directly in the survey (with Engender) by the following link:

Further information:

About the UN CEDAW consultation:

Link to full UK periodic report (submitted 16 November 2017):

Nina Munday


Fife Centre for Equalities