Non-binary equality action plan

The actions we will take to improve equality and bring about real, positive and lasting change to the lives of non-binary people in Scotland

Section 2 - Strategic Frameworks

National Outcomes

As part of our National Performance Framework (NPF), the national outcomes outline our commitment to making Scotland a place where we “respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination” and “live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe”.

This plan is guided by the NPF and will help to deliver its national outcomes, which focus on tackling inequalities so that no one in Scotland is left behind. At the heart of the NPF, and the delivery of this plan, is the fundamental value that we are a society which treats everyone with kindness, dignity and compassion.

The national outcomes help us to focus our efforts on achieving goals that improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people of Scotland, with our focus in this plan on non-binary and trans people.

There are four outcomes within the NPF which are key to our ambition to reduce inequalities for non-binary and trans people in Scotland. These focus on the importance of respecting human rights, creating inclusive communities, being healthy and ensuring that children and young people live good lives:

  • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We are healthy and active
  • We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential

We are also committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which share the same aims as the NPF. This plan will help us to achieve Goal 10 to reduce inequality in our country.

Programme for Government

This plan is the culmination of our commitments on non-binary equality in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2023-2024 Programmes for Government as well as the Bute House Agreement.

Human Rights-Based Approach

This plan is also rooted in a human rights-based approach, putting the rights and interest of people at the centre of our policies. The PANEL principles,[3] which are endorsed by the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the United Nations, are a useful framework to explain a human rights approach in practice.[4]



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