Fairer Scotland

  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    17th May 2019 by

    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.

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  • Transgender rights and equality

    18th April 2019 by

    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....

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  • Sharing views to tackle hate crime

    22nd February 2019 by

    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...

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  • Access to Free Sanitary Products

    4th January 2019 by

    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...

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  • 16 Days of Activism: How we are working to end violence against women and girls

    10th December 2018 by

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    Scottish Government Equalities Minister, Christina McKelvie, shares her highlights from the United Nation's 16 Days of Activism campaign.

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  • Poverty and Inequality Commission

    27th September 2018 by

    We recently advertised the role of Chair of the new statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission, and will be accepting applications until midnight on 5th October 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future policy landscape in Scotland and to influence key decisions to build a fairer and more inclusive society. This appointment...

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  • Strengthening family food support

    5th April 2018 by

    As a Government, we are committed to improving the health of our nation and tackling inequality. One of the key challenges we face in achieving this is how to ensure everyone can have a healthy diet, and in particular how to help families with young children to make sure they get the best start in...

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  • Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

    30th January 2018 by

    Women make up 51% of our population, but they are under-represented in decision-making positions across Scotland, including in the boardroom. Women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and reports of sexual harassment and violence in our society keep reminding us that these issues are not going away. This is not acceptable and...

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  • GROWING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

    18th December 2017 by

    Raising awareness of our European Social Fund projects and the activities they are supporting is important to us. We are making positive progress across both the Social Economy Growth Fund and Social Innovation Fund that will help the most disadvantaged areas and people in Scotland. Working Rite based in Edinburgh received a Social Economy Growth...

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  • Gender recognition consultation is a vital conversation

    14th November 2017 by

    One of the benefits of devolution has been an ability to defend and promote LGBTI rights. Scotland was the first country in the UK to consult on same sex marriage, and we’ve reformed adoption law to permit same sex couples to adopt jointly. We also want to do more to ensure that we are creating...

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