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Scottish Businesses Urged to Pledge Support for Gender Equality

Ross Kelly

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Scottish Gender Equality

The National Advisory Council on Women and Girls calls on businesses to pledge their support for an inclusive Scotland. 

The National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) is asking businesses to show their commitment to promoting an inclusive nation by pledging to support its work to reduce gender inequality.

The council was established to advise the First Minister on some of the key issues affecting women and girls in Scotland, as well as providing advice on what is needed to tackle gender inequality across the country.

Currently, a number of significant figures and organisations from across Scottish industry are members of the NACWG Circle – a group of supporters and advisors who help generate ideas and solutions that will help inform the council’s work.

Promoting an Inclusive Society

As it prepares to compile an annual set of recommended actions for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – which are due in December – the NACWG will consider a number of steps to help tackle gender inequality. Already, more than 500 individuals and organisations across the country, including BT Internet, The British Council and the Wood Group, have signed up to the NACWG Circle.

Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport; Dame Anne Glover, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; and Equate Scotland Director, Talat Yaqoob are all council members.

The group said it hopes an additional 50 will join by Christmas.

Businesses are being invited to commit publicly to the following pledge: “We believe in an inclusive Scotland where all women and girls can reach their full potential. As members of the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls’ Circle of support, we are allies in promoting gender equality.

“We support the NACWG’s strategy and will take ownership of our place in this movement. We pledge to host our own ‘Wee Circle Events’ to discuss the importance of tackling gender inequality and raise awareness on this vital issue.”

Louise Macdonald OBE, who was appointed independent chair of the Council in March 2017, said the ambition of the group is to “be recognised as a world leader that is striving to realise an equal society where all women and girls can reach their true potential.”

Macdonald added: “We will do this both through action and by listening to the opinions and experiences of people and organisations across the country.”

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National Advisory Council

The remit of the Advisory Council is to:

  • Bring attention to inequality, as experienced by women and girls in Scotland today
  • Champion policies that make a meaningful difference, encouraging Scotland to become a beacon for gender equality
  • Be a catalyst for change, providing a challenging voice if progress is slow or ineffective

Announcing the new group last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said securing gender equality is a “moral obligation of government, as well as the right thing to do.”

Inequality, the First Minister said, stops women from “achieving their full potential, holds us back as a nation and damages the economy.”

Businesses interested in taking the pledge and joining the NACWG Circle can find more information on the website: https://onescotland.org/equality-themes/advisory-council-women-girls/

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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