Gender equality

  1. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: position statement

    This position statement sets out the action we've taken in devolved areas to implement the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

  2. Scotland, the best place to grow up – making it real through rights: easy read

    Child-friendly version of the report setting out progress made in children's rights in Scotland since 2016.

  3. Embedding children's rights: position statement

    The report sets out the progress made in relation to children's rights in Scotland since 2016.

  4. Strengthening the role of women in climate action

    Funding to ensure women from Global South have say on climate.

  5. Scottish Carer's Assistance: consultation analysis

    Independent analysis of responses to the Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation, a new Scottish benefit which will replace Carer’s Allowance, and be delivered by Social Security Scotland. The consultation was undertaken between 28 February 2022 and 23 May 2022.

  6. Health and social care strategy for older people: consultation analysis

    An analysis report of the responses received to the consultation on a health and social care strategy for older people held in 2022.

  7. Universal Periodic Review 2022: Scottish Government Position Statement

    This position statement sets out the action we've taken in devolved areas since 2017 to respect, protect, and fulfil the human rights of everyone in Scotland.

  8. Gender equality in education and learning: Children's Parliament report

    This report contains the research gathered from children which was used to inform the Theory of Change model. The Theory of Change will help the delivery of the Taskforce’s agreed ambition: to end systemic gender inequality in education and learning. A version of the report with additional images is also available https://www.childrensparliament.org.uk/gender-equality/

  9. Gender equality in education: Scottish Youth Parliament research

    This report contains the research gathered from young people which was used to inform the Theory of Change model. The Theory of Change will help the delivery of the Taskforce’s agreed ambition: to end systemic gender inequality in education and learning. A version of the report with additional images is also available https://syp.org.uk/project/gender-equality-in-education/

  10. Gender Equality Taskforce in Education and Learning: Theory of Change report

    This report contains the Theory of Change model and its accompanying narrative. The Theory of Change will help the delivery of the Taskforce’s agreed ambition: to end systemic gender inequality in education and learning.

  11. Expert Advisory Group on Ending Conversion Practices: report and recommendations

    This report is the result of the work of the Expert Advisory group on Ending Conversion Practices and informs the Scottish Government on the measures which should be considered in order to end conversion practices in Scotland which aim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

  12. Expert Advisory Group on Ending Conversion Practices report: Scottish Government response

    The Scottish Government welcomes the Expert Advisory Group on Ending Conversion Practices report. We will carefully consider the recommendations as we take forward this work ensuring that we deliver real and lasting change for survivors or those at risk of experiencing these practices in Scotland.

  13. Conversion practices - LGBT+ people of colour and minority ethnic faith experiences: research report

    Members of the Expert Advisory Group on Ending Conversion Practices conducted further research to understand more about conversion practices in minority ethnic faith communities and communities of colour and the impact of measures to end conversion practices on them.

  14. International climate justice, conflict and gender: scoping study

    Scottish Government funded research report with ClimateXChange which concluded in 2022. It identifies areas of opportunity for policy makers to develop a gender responsive approach to international climate justice.

  15. No One Left Behind: equality impact assessment - update summary

    No One Left Behind is our approach to transforming employment support in Scotland. It aims to deliver a system that is more tailored and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

  16. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA)for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  17. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  18. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan covering the period from 2022 to 2025.

  19. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.

  20. Children's hearings and pre-hearing panels - composition changes: equality impact assessment

    An assessment of the equality impacts of introducing flexibility into the requirement for children's hearings to have both male and female panel members.

  21. National Care Service evidence paper: equality in adult social care in Scotland - easy read

    This easy read summary provides an overview of evidence related to equality in adult social care in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  22. Pay and career progression experiences of women aged over 50 in Scotland: research

    This report presents the findings of a qualitative exploration of the pay and career experiences of women aged over 50 in Scotland. It also makes recommendations for improvements to workplace practices to better support this demographic. The work was commissioned by the Fair Work Convention.

  23. Equality evidence strategy 2023 to 2025: consultation paper - easy read

    We are consulting on a plan to get better facts, figures and information about equality. The answers will help us improve our plan to have better equality evidence. The plan will be used to develop Scotland’s new equality evidence strategy from 2023 to 2025. The deadline for this consultation has now been extended. This consultation is open from 1 July to 7 October.

  24. Improving lives of non-binary people

    Response to working group recommendations.

  25. Workplace adjustments: onboarding process - equality impact assessment

    This is an equality impact assessment which was done at the start of a project to improve workplace adjustments for new starts in Scottish Government.

  26. Employee passport: equality impact assessment

    This is an Equality Impact Assessment which was undertaken at the start of the project to develop and implement an Employee Passport for core Scottish Government staff. The passport provides a framework for discussing support needs with a direct link to support.

  27. Equality evidence strategy 2023 to 2025: consultation paper

    We are consulting on a draft plan to improve and strengthen Scotland’s equality evidence base. The responses we receive through this consultation will help to shape this plan, which will form the basis of Scotland’s new Equality Evidence Strategy.

  28. Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland: research

    Building on the "Poverty in rural Scotland: evidence review" (December 2021), SRUC were commissioned to undertake the research project, “Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland”.

  29. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022

    The fourth annual progress report for 'Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022'.

  30. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation - easy read

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  31. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  32. Women in Scottish fisheries: literature review

    Findings from a review of research literature, case studies and examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond, alongside existing government strategies, to provide insights into challenges and opportunities presented for women in Scottish fishing.

  33. National Care Service - adult social care: equality evidence review

    Overview of evidence related to equality in adult social care in Scotland. It is part of a collection of contextual evidence papers, setting out key sources of information about social care and related areas in Scotland.

  34. Equalities and wellbeing in manufacturing: recommendations report

    Details a set of actions - devised by representatives from industry, trade union, equality groups, private sector and academia - which aim to foster and promote equality, inclusion and mental wellbeing in the manufacturing sector.

  35. Equally Safe - short life delivery plan: summer 2022 to autumn 2023

    A refresh of the Equally Safe Delivery Plan outlining the joint commitment of the Scottish Government and COSLA to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and tackling the underpinning attitudes that perpetuate it.

  36. Violence against women and girls services: call for evidence - easy read

    Easy Read version of a call for evidence to inform the development of a new funding model for violence against women and girls services in Scotland.

  37. Violence Against Women and Girls Services - funding and commissioning review: terms of reference - easy read

    Easy read version of the terms of reference for the independent Violence Against Women and Girls Services review of funding and commissioning.

  38. Proposals for new Bill to tackle misogyny

    Public to be consulted on laws to criminalise misogynistic conduct.

  39. Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018: statutory guidance

    Revised statutory guidance to support appointing persons and public authorities to carry out their functions under the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018.

  40. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - March 2022

    Our first annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  41. Keeping the Promise implementation plan

    The Promise implementation plan sets out our actions and commitments to Keep the Promise for care experienced children, young people and their families. It contributes to our ambition for every child in Scotland to grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential.

  42. Inclusive growth: what does it look like?

    This paper seeks to illuminate tangible examples of inclusive growth in Scotland, with a view to translating successes even if small in scale and sharing learning to inform future improvements in delivery.

  43. Advancing gender equality

    New co-chairs appointed to help fulfil Scottish Government ambitions.

  44. Getting the Right Change – retail strategy for Scotland

    This strategy contains current initiatives and future actions to help fulfil our vision for the retail sector in a fair, sustainable way. By delivering on its actions we aim for successful, profitable retail businesses, creation of new, better jobs and to become an exemplar for inclusive growth.

  45. Local government candidate diversity survey 2022: data protection impact assessment

    This data protection impact assessment (DPIA) reports on and assesses against any potential data protection or privacy impacts as a result of the running of the 2022 local government candidate diversity survey, and the data processing undertaken as part of the project.

  46. First Minister welcomes Kennedy recommendations

    Marking International Women’s Day 2022.

  47. Working Group on Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland

    Justice Secretary welcomes report and will now “consider recommendations”.

  48. Gender Recognition Reform Bill

    Simplifying how trans people apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.

  49. Public sector equality duty: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of the consultation on the review into the operation of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in Scotland.

  50. National Advisory Council on Women and Girls report: Scottish Government response

    Scottish Government's Response to the First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) 2020 Report and Recommendation on policy coherence. The recommendations are challenging the Scottish Government to do more to tackle gender inequality in Scotland.

  51. Supporting NHS gender identity services

    £9 million to improve gender identity healthcare.

  52. Reviewing design methods to make them more sensitive to gender

    This report summarises key findings from a desk research and presents ideas that can help design practitioners involve women and girls from a variety of backgrounds in their work. This allows the seldom heard voices of women and girls to inform good service design.

  53. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  54. Diversity in political representation in Scotland: data improvement project proposal

    We have been scoping out a project to work with stakeholders to improve the completeness of data on the diversity of election candidates and elected representatives in Scotland. This paper sets out details of a proposed new data collection at the 2022 local council elections.

  55. Public sector Equality Duty in Scotland: consultation

    Consultation on proposals for the review into the effectiveness of the Public Sector Equality Duty in Scotland.

  56. Equality and Fairer Scotland Budget Statement 2022-2023

    The Equality and Fairer Scotland Budget Statement (EFSBS) 2022-23 assesses where the Scottish Government is proposing to spend public money and how it aims to reduce inequality. The EFSBS is a supporting document to the Scottish Budget and should be read alongside associated Budget publications.

  57. Heat in buildings strategy: equality impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full Equality impact assessment (EQIA) which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings strategy.

  58. Ending conversion practices

    Expert group to advise on ban in Scotland.

  59. Coronavirus (COVID-19) domestic vaccine certification: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) considering the ways which the domestic Covid vaccine certification scheme may engage the rights of children and young people protected under the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  60. Becoming a Fair Work nation: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on achieving this vision and ensuring Fair Work remains at the heart of our labour market interventions, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and EU Exit, by identifying the relevant challenges and opportunities for Fair Work across the Scottish economy.

  61. Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021: guidance – September 2021

    Guidance for responsible bodies about the exercise of the functions conferred on them by the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021.

  62. Sex and gender in data guidance: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment - stage 2

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment stage 2 for guidance for public bodies on the collection of data related to sex and gender.

  63. Sex and gender in data guidance: equality impact assessment

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for guidance for public bodies on the collection of data related to sex and gender.

  64. Sex and gender in data guidance: data protection impact assessment

    Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) for guidance for public bodies on the collection of data related to sex and gender.

  65. Sex and gender - draft guidance: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on the draft guidance on the collection of data on sex and gender.

  66. Sex, gender identity, trans status - data collection and publication: guidance

    Guidance for public bodies on the collection of data on sex and gender.

  67. Sex and gender in data guidance: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment - stage 1

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) stage 1 for guidance for public bodies on the collection of data related to sex and gender.

  68. Women's health plan: easy read

    Easy read version of the women’s health plan.

  69. Women's health plan

    The Women’s Health Plan underpins actions to improve women’s health inequalities by raising awareness around women’s health, improving access to health care and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for girls and women, both for sex-specific conditions and in women’s general health.

  70. Supporting transgender young people in schools: guidance for Scottish schools

    Guidance for schools on supporting transgender young people

  71. Supporting transgender young people in schools: equality impact assessment

    Assessing how the policy on supporting transgender pupils in school will work best, and how it could affect other groups.

  72. Supporting transgender young people in schools: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Impact assessment for the guidance on supporting transgender young people in schools.

  73. Tackling gender-based violence

    Additional £5 million to cut waiting lists for support.

  74. Gender pay gap action plan: annual report

    This progress report provides an update on actions within the Fairer Scotland for Women: Gender Pay Gap Action Plan since publication in 2019. It also sets out our future priorities for continuing to advance work on this issue across Scottish Government as part of our economic recovery and renewal.

  75. Helping women through sport

    Funding for Sport Relief projects championing gender equality.    

  76. First Minister welcomes progress on equality

    Equality to be enshrined at heart of government.

  77. Gender recognition consultation opens

    Reforms follow international best practice.

  78. Driving forward gender equality

    Actions in response to advisory council report.

  79. Gender recognition reform

    Draft Bill to provide for full consultation.

  80. Census (Amendment)(Scotland) Bill passed

    New questions can be asked – but answering will be voluntary.

  81. Addressing the gender pay gap: employer methods

    This report presents the findings of 14 interviews with employers in the private and public sector.

  82. Action on gender inequalities

    New plan to tackle pay gap.

  83. A fairer Scotland for women: gender pay gap action plan

    Our action plan setting out a list of actions that will be taken to address the many drivers of the gender pay gap.

  84. Time use survey 2014-2015: results for Scotland

    Analysis of the Scottish results of the 2014-2015 time use survey by Centre for Time Use, Oxford University.

  85. Supporting gender equality

    First Minister appointed UN Women Global Advocate.

  86. Equally Safe delivery plan: year one update

    Equally Safe delivery plan was published in November 2017. This report provides an overview of progress made to date and sets out priorities for the year ahead.

  87. Strengthening protection from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): consultation

    We are seeking views on plans to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence. 

  88. Access to free sanitary products: SEA pre-screening notification

    Pre-screening notification of the environmental effects of our Programme for Government 2017-2018 commitment to provide access to free sanitary products.

  89. Access to free sanitary products for those at school, college or university: CRWIA

    Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) of our 2017-2018 commitment to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

  90. Access to free sanitary products: EQIA

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of our 2017-2018 commitment to provide access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

  91. Supporting workplace equality

    Workplace Equality Fund open for applications.

  92. Gender representation on public boards

    Bill has equality at its heart.

  93. Preventing violence against women

    Debate to mark international 16 Days of Activism.

  94. Equally safe: delivery plan

    The Equally Safe delivery plan will help to ensure that the ambitions of the Equally Safe Strategy makes a tangible difference.

  95. Advisory Council on Women and Girls

    Group established to further gender equality.

  96. Tackling the gender gap in business

    Funding to support women in enterprise.

  97. Domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2016-17

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  98. Domestic abuse numbers 'unacceptable'

    Work escalates to reduce domestic abuse in Scotland.

  99. Pride in all our people

    First Minister speaks at Pride Glasgow

  100. Next steps on tackling hate crime

    Focus on prevention, raising awareness and improving services

  101. Annual Population Survey 2016: regional employment patterns in Scotland

    Summary of statistical results from the Annual Population Survey 2016, presenting analysis on the labour market, education and training.

  102. The gender pay gap in Scotland - update and analysis of time series data

    A short bulletin which explores some of the key trends on the gender pay gap in recent years.

  103. A Scottish Government Consultation on the Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

    Seeking views on the practical application of the draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill provisions.

  104. Tackling gender stereotyping

    Changing young people’s attitudes to violence against women.

  105. World gender equality

    Speed mentoring event for UN International Day of the Girl.

  106. New perspectives on the gender pay gap: trends and drivers

    This report explains the different measures of the gender pay gap and considers how it has been changing over time. It also considers underlying drivers and describes Scottish Government policy intended to help encourage the decline of the pay gap.

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