Gender Institute

The Gender Institute project arises from a recommendation made by the First Minister’s National Advisory Council for Women and Girls (NACWG) that the Scottish Government should develop a new institute to “develop and test robust, evidence-led inclusive and representative approaches to changing public attitudes in Scotland to girls’ and women’s equality and rights.

This would include dismantling stereotypes about what girls and women should study, work at, and be”, and “be the place where “good learning” happens and where specialist gender support can be accessed that will give public bodies; the third sector and business the tools to act to change the culture on women’s equality.”

Zero Tolerance was commissioned by the Government to take forward stage one of its development - developing a framework for what the Institute will look like. We are working with the Collective Scotland and an expert Research Advisory Group (RAG) to develop a ‘Gender Institute’, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland.

The Gender Institute will build on the strong foundations laid by Scotland's Equally Safe Strategy, the recent work of the NACWG Circle and the decades of work of feminist organisations working to change attitudes, affect culture change, end violence against women and achieve equality for women and girls.

About the Collective Scotland

The consultant team of Ellie Hutchinson, Kate Nevens and Talat Yaqoob have over 35 years of combined experience in gender equality research and practice, and have strong connections and networks in the third sector, government and communities across Scotland and internationally. Their careers span across poverty, housing, international development, peace, employment rights, widening access to education, feminist policy and violence against women. They will be assessing and taking learning through a feminist lens from public attitude efforts from a range of social policy areas, along with work focused on women’s equality by the feminist movement and women’s organisations.

About Research Advisory Group (RAG)

The objective of the Research Advisory Group (RAG) is to advise on the direction of the research and help develop ideas based on perspectives and background knowledge, as individuals and as a group.

Our Research Advisory Group Members include:

Gillian Achurch - Scottish Government

Karen Boyle - University of Strathclyde

Ima Jackson - Glasgow Caledonian University

Brenna Jessie - Rape Crisis

Naomi McAuliffe – Amnesty

Thekla Morgenroth - University of Exeter

Susan Reid - ScotCen Research Director

Emma Ritch - Engender

Marsha Scott - Scottish Women’s Aid

Anitha Sundari - University of Lincoln

Judy Wasige - Glasgow Caledonian University

Mildred Zimunya – Independent


In convening the group we sought individuals from several different fields and sectors to bring varying perspectives to the research; invitation has been based upon the expertise that the individual can bring.

Membership to the group will be for the length of the research project, with the anticipated final products to be delivered in Autumn 2020.

The short nature of the research means that membership to the RAG is closed.

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The first RAG meeting took place on the 1st of June.

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