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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13735: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how its Equally Safe strategy is funded; how much of this is allocated toward promoting an understanding of the procedures and practices in place to tackle sexual harassment, and how this work is carried out.

Answered by: Angela Constance 17 January 2018

11.8 million from the Equality Budget in 2017-18, and 20 million over 2015-18 from Justice budgets. In November, we published a delivery plan for Equally Safe, which included funding of £1 million for a range of initiatives. Specific commitments include running a major national campaign on sexual harassment and sexism, to raise awareness and encourage behaviour change; encouraging employers to put in place robust processes to deal with instances of sexual harassment; and developing a pilot Equally Safe employer accreditation programme in order to lever better employment practice in tackling gender based violence experienced by the workforce. Officials are currently scoping out this work.