#IWD2021: Advancing equality for all women and girls

The SNP will stand up for gender equality at every turn – working for an end to austerity, for equal pay, more and better jobs and to end the barriers that still block the aspirations of too many women in Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first female First Minister and her Cabinet is one of only a handful in the world that is gender-balanced. We are equally determined to improve gender balance in the Scottish Parliament, with women standing for the SNP in 36 out of 73 constituencies in the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

Here’s just some of the ways the SNP Scottish Government has been delivering for women.

We’re helping women return to work after a break with our Workplace Equality Fund

Our investment in the Workplace Equality Fund has helped organisations promote and develop more inclusive and diverse workplaces in the private sector, so that more people, including BAME women, can fulfil their potential.

The Women Returners Programme, backed up by £500,000 funding, provides valuable advice, peer support and access to training and work experience – aiming to open up opportunities for women in sectors where they are under-represented.

We’ve delivered pay justice for the women of Glasgow

After a decade of Labour obstruction and inaction, the SNP-led Glasgow City Council reached an agreement which delivered the pay justice that women have long fought for.

Glasgow has seen the dawn of a new era of pay equality where we ensure that women’s work is valued and gender equality in on the public agenda.

We’ve introduced world leading legislation to make psychological domestic abuse and controlling behaviour a crime

Scotland is now one of only a handful of countries across the world to introduce dedicated legislation that covers not just physical abuse, but also other forms of psychological abuse – including coercive and controlling behaviour which cannot easily be prosecuted under the previous criminal law.

We continue to stand up to the UK government’s shambolic treatment of WASPI women

We’re stood up for the women in Scotland, and across the UK, who have been short-changed by the UK Tory government due to the accelerated timetable for increases in the women’s State Pension Age.

Your SNP representatives continue leading the way in supporting the WASPI campaign in their efforts to secure fairness for the women affected – and put this historic wrong right.

We’re leading the fight against the Tory two child cap and the abhorrent Rape Clause

The SNP have been at the forefront of the campaign against the Rape Clause, which requires women to prove they’ve been raped in order to receive financial support for more than two children.

It is truly disgraceful and utterly unacceptable, and the SNP will continue leading the way in calling out the Tory government and fighting for the abolition of the two-child cap and the rape clause.