Fairer Scotland

  • Reforming gender recognition in Scotland

    20th June 2019 by

    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...

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  • Scottish Traveller: Would you hire me?

    17th June 2019 by

    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...

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  • 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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