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What actions are the SNP taking to end the practice of FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a deeply abhorrent practice and a fundamental violation of the human rights of women and girls.

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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?

We remain firmly committed to improving the lives of trans and non-binary people. Trans people continue to experience stigma and prejudice and suffer poorer health outcomes relative to the wider population. This needs to change. We are committed to tackling transphobia head on through inclusive education and action to tackle prejudice and hate crime. In…

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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. The SNP has a proud record of advancing and championing LGBTI rights while in government. We have delivered the most progressive and extensive equal marriage legislation, a pardon for…

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What is the SNP doing for women’s equality?

The SNP has a proud record of fighting for gender equality while in government. From action on equal pay, support for women returning to the workplace, the first gender-balanced Cabinet in the UK and taking action to end period poverty we’ve worked hard to tear down barriers. We will introduce an overarching Scottish Diversity and…

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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. We will introduce an overarching Scottish Diversity and Inclusion Strategy covering the public…

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