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How is the SNP supporting more women into politics?

A new £500,000 fund has been established to support projects that encourage greater representation of women in politics and to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage.

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How are the SNP tackling ‘period poverty’?

From August 2018 we will introduce a scheme to make free sanitary products available in Scotland’s schools colleges and universities.

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What action will the SNP to improve trans and intersex equality?

Our same-sex marriage legislation is seen by many as one of the most progressive equal marriage laws in the world because of the provisions on gender identity and gender reassignment equality. We must now build on this to do more to progress equality for trans people. We have committed to reviewing and reforming gender recognition…

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How will the SNP tackle the bullying of LGBTI young people in schools?

There is no place in Scotland for prejudice or discrimination – everyone deserves to be treated fairly regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or sexual orientation. We want all children and young people to be able to learn in schools free from discrimination, so that they can learn and…

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How is the SNP tackling income inequality?

Tackling rising inequality is one of the most important challenges we face as a society. According to the Resolution Foundation, the UK is on course for the biggest increase in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.Fighting inequality isn’t just essential to creating a fairer society but for the long-term prosperity of our economy too….

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How is the SNP supporting people with disabilities?

The SNP are mitigating the effect of Westminster’s damaging welfare reforms, which disproportionately affect and undermine the human rights of disabled people. We have established the Scottish Independent Living Fund, which provides support for over 2,600 disabled people across the country. We are also protecting the Disabled Students Allowance from Tory cuts, and recognising British Sign Language as a language.

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Do the SNP oppose the abolition of the Human Rights Act?

The SNP fully oppose the abolition of the Human Rights Act. Under the SNP, Scotland is the only part of the UK to have developed a National Action Plan on Human Rights.

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Are the SNP opposed to the Tampon Tax?

The SNP has consistently opposed the VAT charge on sanitary products and was the only major party at the 2015 General Election to include a pledge to abolish the tax in its manifesto. SNP MPs will hold the UK government to a commitment to remove VAT from sanitary products. Until VAT is removed from sanitary…

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What actions are the SNP taking to ensure there is no discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation?

We believe that there is no place in Scotland for prejudice or discrimination, and that everyone deserves to be treated fairly, regardless of their sexual orientation. Scotland has passed historic same-sex marriage legislation, demonstrating to the world how importantly Scotland views equality. The SNP Scottish Government introduced historic same-sex marriage legislation, when it was passed…

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What is the SNP doing for women’s equality?

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 and across the UK. To increase the number of women in leadership roles across…

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What actions are the SNP taking on race equality?

The SNP is committed to ensuring Scotland is a place where people from all backgrounds can live and raise their families in peace and where people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds can follow their religion or belief and achieve their potential.In March 2016 the Scottish Government published the Race Equality Framework for Scotland. We…

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