Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the new Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill.

Stage 5: Authorisation of EQIA

Please confirm that:

  • This Equality Impact Assessment has informed the development of this policy:

Yes X No

  • Opportunities to promote equality in respect of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation have been considered, i.e.:
    • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation;
    • Removing or minimising any barriers and/or disadvantages;
    • Taking steps which assist with promoting equality and meeting people's different needs;
    • Encouraging participation (e.g. in public life)
    • Fostering good relations, tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.

Yes X No

  • If the Marriage and Civil Partnership protected characteristic applies to this policy, the Equality Impact Assessment has also assessed against the duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation in respect of this protected characteristic?

Yes No Not applicable X


I am satisfied with the equality impact assessment that has been undertaken for the Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) Bill and give my authorisation for the results of this assessment to be published on the Scottish Government's website.

Name: Trevor Owen
Position: Head of VAWG, Social Isolation and LGBTI Equality Policy
Authorisation date: 22 March 2019


Email: nadia.abu-hussain@gov.scot

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