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Emma Ritch (1976 – 2021)

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Emma Ritch (1976 – 2021)

Emma Ritch (1976 – 2021)

Executive Director of Engender

Emma Ritch sadly passed away in July 2021

Emma Ritch is Executive Director of Engender, which is Scotland’s feminist policy organisation working on women’s social, economic, and political equality in Scotland. Emma lead’s Engender’s strategic collaboration with colleagues in the women’s, equalities, and human rights sectors, and engagement with Scottish and UK Government, the UN, and the EU through the European Women’s Lobby.


Prior to this she was manager of Close the Gap for nine years, and worked extensively on women’s labour market participation. Emma sits on a range of external working groups including the joint strategic board of Equally Safe, the Scottish National Action Plan for human rights leadership forum, the advisory group of the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre and the Scottish Women’s Budget Group. She chairs the Rape Crisis Scotland board, is vice-convener of the board of Close the Gap, and is a member of the Scotland Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.