Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers – please feel free to contact us at ACWG@gov.scot if you have any further questions that haven’t been answered here.


The Advisory Council have finished their initial three year strategy and we are working on what comes next. Sign up to be a Circle member to be kept up to date with progress.

As the Covid-19 situation is constantly in flux we will continue to engage with Circle members digitally until further notice. We will update the Circle via email when the position changes. If you are not currently a Circle member and would like to receive communications from the NACWG you can register here.

The First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) has been established to help with the culture change that is required to progress gender equality, and to advise the First Minister on what action to take.

The NACWG have reached the end of their initial three year strategy.

We have recently submitted our Next Steps Report to the First Minister, with a suggested outline of what we think should come next. We are awaiting the response to this and we will be sure to keep you updated as decisions are made.

Yes, you can! Circle membership is open to all people, regardless of their gender identity. If you’re interested in becoming a Circle member, please contact us.

The NACWG is independently Co-Chaired, and the government is not a member nor do they set its agenda. However, the Scottish Government supports the NACWG’s work with dedicated resource and secretariat support.

Over 2018-2020 we have worked with the Circle and published three annual reports 2018, 2019 and 2020. We are pleased to confirm that the recommendations from the first two reports have been accepted (or accepted in principle). You can find the Scottish Government response to the 2018 recommendations here and the 2019 response here. A response to the 2020 recommendations is expected in early autumn 2021.