1st August 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they...
12th July 2019 by Christina McKelvie
A commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and more equal place to live
21st June 2019 by Christina McKelvie
Ahead of the 2019 Pride Edinburgh event, I reflect on my recent trip to Lithuania for Baltic Pride.
20th June 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Today, I announced that I will publish a draft Gender Recognition (Scotland) Bill, which would reform the current process of obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate. I also made clear that this draft bill will be subject to a full consultation and will be accompanied by an equality impact assessment. I will introduce the legislation only...
17th June 2019 by admin
My name is Angel Hendry, I’m 24 and a Scottish Traveller. I’ve experienced several barriers, trials and tribulations growing up as a young Traveller. I first experienced discrimination towards my culture when I was three years old. I was crying in my pram as my mum was pushing me around in a shop. A lady approached and leaned over the pram...
17th May 2019 by Christina McKelvie
This is an important day which reminds us that we must keep fighting the discrimination which many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the world continue to face.
18th April 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
The debate about the rights of transgender people is becoming very polarised. As Cabinet Secretary for Equalities, I have a duty to try to change that and to encourage respectful debate. Setting out my own views and feelings on the matter – while trying to better understand those of others – is a first step....
22nd February 2019 by fairer-scotland
Our public consultation on hate crime legislation is closing this week (Sunday 24 February). We’re looking for your views on a number of issues including how best to tackle gender based prejudice and misogyny. Over the past few months, we’ve also been running a series of roadshows across the country and we’d like to thank...
4th January 2019 by Aileen Campbell
I’m proud to be part of a Government that has ensured students at schools, colleges and universities have access to free sanitary products. The Scottish government was the first in the world to make products available to students as part of a £5.2m scheme to tackle period poverty. Nobody should suffer the indignity of struggling...
10th December 2018 by Christina McKelvie
Scottish Government Equalities Minister, Christina McKelvie, shares her highlights from the United Nation's 16 Days of Activism campaign.