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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13006: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how the Advisory Council on Women and Girls will help tackle gender inequality.

Answered by: Angela Constance 7 December 2017

The Scottish Government continues to take positive strides to tackle the different forms of inequality experienced by women and girls, for example in strengthening its response to violence against women and girls and addressing the under-representation of women at senior levels. The Scottish Government is under no illusion that there is much work still to do, at all levels of society, and that many barriers still exist towards achieving the goal of equality.

The role of the Advisory Council on Women and Girls will be: to raise awareness of gender inequality; to act as a champion for positive progress and policies, and to provide effective challenge and be a catalyst for change where progress simply isn’t good enough.

The Council members will be supported by a wider circle of stakeholders from across all sectors, who wish to work with it to address gender inequality where it exists. The Council will consult widely across Scotland on issues that matter to women and girls, and submit annual reports to the First Minister which will outline the progress made over the year.