Pan Islands Conference 19 & 20 May 2016
Gender Budgeting in Scotland, UK and Ireland: Comparisons, challenges and convergence.
Glasgow Caledonian University
WiSE Research Centre hosted a conference on developments in gender budgeting in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, UK, and Ireland. Gender budgeting is a form of feminist policy change, but how and to what extent has this approach been adopted and implemented at national and sub-national government level over the last ten years? Women’s budget groups across the countries have actively campaigned for gender analysis in the budget processes, but to what effect? This two-day conference brought together a range of institutional, academic, civil society and geographic perspectives on gender budgeting. Papers presented at the conference are available below
Professor Nancy Folbre presented the Inaugural McKay Annual Lecture, held in memory of WiSE founder Professor Ailsa McKay.
Nancy Folbre is a preeminent feminist economist whose work focuses on economics and the family, non-market work and the economics of care. She is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The lecture was followed by a wine reception and the launch of the book:
"Feminist Economics and Public Policy: Reflections on the work and impact of Ailsa McKay"
(eds) Dr Jim Campbell & Morag Gillespie, Routledge 2016
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 from 16:00 to 19:30
Watch the lecture here: Inaugural Ailsa McKay Annual Lecture 2016
In Ailsa’s memory, WiSE hosted a conference to bring together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to hear a wide range of presentations on Ailsa’s contributions, both personal and professional. Three core topics of Ailsa’s research were featured: women in work/childcare, gender budgeting and welfare reform/Citizen’s Income. Key speakers included John Swinney, MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth; and Professor Marilyn Waring from the Aukland University of Technology in New Zealand.
Watch highlights of the conference here: A Commemorative Conference
Scottish academics together with the STUC, Engender, Nordic Horizons and WiSE, presented a series of events aimed at bringing women’s voices into the current debates on constitutional reform. The new programme provided 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 were aimed at interested individuals, women’s and civil society organisations, practitioners, policy-makers and political parties.
The conference examined the challenges faced by women in the Scottish economy and the gendered impact of economic austerity and welfare reform; it also asked what opportunities have been presented by recent constitutional debates to rethink economic strategies and envision alternative economic models that place gender equality at their core.
Speakers included Professor Fiona McKay (University of Edinburgh), Professor Claire Annesley (University of Manchester), Professor Diane Elson (University of Manchester), Professor Mike Danson (Herriot Watt University), Stephen Boyd (STUC) and Professor Ailsa McKay (GCU). The event was chaired by journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.
The conference opened with “An Evening with Professor Marilyn Waring (NZ), globally renowned feminist and activist for women’s human rights, and Professor Martha Fineman (USA), internationally recognised law and society scholar and a leading authority in feminist legal theory and family law. The conference continued with two packed days of presentations, workshops and seminars. The delegates joined more than 80 women in the first Scottish Parliament Women’s Dinner of the new session and were treated to a tour of the Parliament building with newly elected women MSPs.
Watch the 4 part videos here: Videos