National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) 2019 - report and recommendations: SG response

Scottish Government's Response to the First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) 2019 Report and Recommendation on Policy Coherence. The recommendations are challenging the Scottish Government to do more to tackle gender inequality in Scotland.

Annex A: The NACWG's 2019 Recommendations

The following table sets out a summary of the NACWG's 2019 recommendations, structured under the NACWG's three themes of Leadership, Accountability and Creating Conditions. A fuller description of each of the recommendations is contained in the NACWG's report[16].

1. Leadership: Creating a culture of gender equality policy-making in the Scottish Government

  • 1.1 The creation of a standalone Equalities Directorate along with the establishment of "Centres of Expertise" created in all Scottish Government Directorates, on intersectional gender competence.
  • 1.2 The creation of a senior officials and leaders group.
  • 1.3 The creation of "Policy-makers National Standards" to support quality standards and accountability on intersectional gender competence in policymaking, with a requirement that all policy and analytical staff will adhere to it.

2. Accountability: Scrutiny of gender competent policy-making.

  • 2.1 We recommend Scottish Ministers deliver an Annual Statement, followed by a debate, on Gender Policy Coherence to the Scottish Parliament.

3. Creating Conditions: People powered policy-making.

  • 3.1 The Scottish Government, Local Government and Public Bodies should build on existing work already underway (Scottish Approach to Service Design) to create a genuine effort in co-production of policy-making with evidence of lived experience at its heart.
  • 3.2 Audit Scotland and the Accounts Commission consider producing a set of scrutiny principles to support this methodology/approach for public bodies, similar to their recent "Principles for Community Empowerment", (linked to the Policy-makers National Standards).
  • 3.3 We recommend adequate resourcing to enable the collection and analysis of robust intersectional data.



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