Advancing equality for all women and girls
The SNP will always keep fighting for gender equality at every turn – working to advance equal pay, improve women’s health, and end the barriers that still block the aspirations of too many women in Scotland.
Under Nicola Sturgeon’s government – Scotland’s first female First Minister – we appointed one of the world’s first gender-balanced Cabinets, and worked hard to deliver progress for women.
We’re tackling health inequalities and improving women’s health
Scotland is the first country in the UK to have published a Women’s Health Plan, which outlines ambitious improvement and change in areas including menopause, heart health, menstrual health including endometriosis, and sexual health.
The plan sets out 66 actions to ensure all women benefit from the best possible healthcare throughout their lives, and has been driven by real life experiences of women.
We’ve also appointed the first Women’s Health Champion, who is leading the work on delivering the Women’s Health Plan.
🏴 The Scottish Government has appointed the first Women's Health Champion, Prof. Anna Glasier OBE.
👩⚕️ She will work with the NHS to drive forward our Women’s Health Plan – with priorities including menopause services, menstrual health and heart health.#DeliveringForScotland pic.twitter.com/HPrx17bVcs
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 3, 2023
We’re helping to make workplaces more inclusive
We’re determined to ensure everyone – irrespective of gender, age, race, or disability – can fulfil their potential and improve Scotland’s economic performance as a result.
Our Workplace Equality Fund, backed up by £800,000 funding, supports projects that aim to improve workplace practices and diversity in the workplace, which is good for individuals and also good for business.
We have launched a new Women Returners Programme, to support women who have had a career break back into work
And an updated Workplace Equality Fund to encourage employers to advance their diversity and inclusion practices pic.twitter.com/sLIrscE3Vm
— Scot Gov Fairer (@ScotGovFairer) March 4, 2021
We’ve delivered pay justice for the women of Glasgow
After a decade of Labour obstruction and inaction, it took an SNP-led Glasgow City Council administration to reach an agreement which delivered the pay justice that women have long fought for.
While Labour have spent more than £2 million of public money fighting in court against equal pay claims by female council workers, we’re delivering pay equality to ensure that women’s work is always valued. There’s a lot more work to be done – and we’re not stopping at that.
🥀 When Labour ran @GlasgowCC, it spent more than £2.5m of public money fighting in court against equal pay claims by female council workers – over a pay scheme it introduced in 2007.
🏴 When the SNP took over @GlasgowCC, they agreed a £500m payout to compensate the women. pic.twitter.com/fqiXjR8sjJ
— The SNP (@theSNP) January 27, 2022
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.
🎉 The Domestic Abuse Bill has been unanimously passed by the @scotparl. Read more: https://t.co/J1ziOPm6ex pic.twitter.com/Qri965ROnc
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 1, 2018
We made Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products
Scotland has become the first nation in the world to provide period products for free to all who need them, enshrined with a legal commitment to tackle period poverty, after the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly passed a Bill originally introduced by Monica Lennon MSP.
The SNP Scottish Government has also launched a mobile app to allow users to easily identify locations, right across Scotland, where period products can be accessed for free.
The move has attracted praise from major newspapers and commentators across the world.
WATCH: Scotland became the first country in the world to legislate free period products for women and girls in need, after the Period Products Scotland Bill, which was unanimously backed by the Scottish Parliament in November 2020, came into force on August 15 pic.twitter.com/G2VyQjnz4C
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 21, 2022
We’re continuing to stand up to the UK government’s shambolic treatment of WASPI women
We’ve 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.
Proud to stand in solidarity with #WASPI women in Govan today – with Mary Barbour looking on! These women are being robbed of their pensions and we should all demand justice for them. pic.twitter.com/nXqO4Dg5fg
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) February 23, 2019
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.
This report by @BPAS1968 from last year, which shows the marked uptick in abortions for women who already have two children absolutely chills me to the bone.
"Two-child benefit cap influencing women's decisions on abortion, says BPAS" https://t.co/X8OLnvCWjY
— Alison Thewliss 🧡 (@alisonthewliss) April 14, 2021