Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 implementation: consultation analysis

This report presents the main messages arising from the consultation on the implementation of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 (the Act).

Section 12

Final Comments

Question 19:

Please tell us any other comments you have on the draft guidance?

The main theme that emerged from the feedback was concern around the use of the term "gender" and the definition of "woman" for the purposes of the Act.

The vast majority of wider comments were individual points. The only other common themes that emerged, albeit not raised by many respondents were that:

  • Respondents suggested that the Act and guidance should be reviewed to ensure that it is written in plain English.
  • Wider feedback from respondents was that there should be greater reference to unconscious bias througout the guidance document (not just within good practice examples) given the material impact that this has on decision-making processes.
  • Finally, some respondents felt that there should be further consultation undertaken, in particular with women's groups.



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