The Scottish Government believes that no one should be denied opportunities because of their race or ethnicity, their disability, their gender or sexual orientation, their age or religion. This principle underpins all the work of the Scottish Government. Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone is able to participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. This means taking action to raise educational attainment, tackle ill health and ensure that equality and human rights are promoted.
Equality between women and men is one of the European Union's founding values. In Scotland we have seen encouraging rises in female employment in the last two years but issues of low and unequal pay, occupational segregation and underemployment persist. Good practice in tackling these long term challenges exists across the EU and the Scottish Government will continue to draw benefits from the shared experience of our EU partners.