Who we are and what we do


The Council

In 2016, The Scottish Government pledged to establish a First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, to help drive forward action to tackle gender inequality.

In March 2017, the First Minister appointed Louise Macdonald OBE, (Chief Executive of Young Scot), as independent Chair of the Council.

Today the Council is made up of 17 women and girls aged 15+. We come from a variety of jobs, roles and backgrounds, bringing a wide range of life experiences and voices to the group. Every one of us is passionate about tackling gender inequality.

Our mission is to:

  • Play a leading role in raising awareness of gender inequality in Scotland, drawing attention to the wide range of issues this creates for women, girls in Scotland today.
  • Act as a champion for positive progress and policies that are making a meaningful difference to the lives of women and girls; encouraging Scotland to become a beacon for gender equality around the world.
  • Be a catalyst for change by providing a challenging voice to the First Minister and her team. Identifying gaps in work to tackle gender inequality or ways of increasing the pace and scale of change.

Ultimately, we want to help bring about equality for women and girls in every community across Scotland. Together, we are #GenerationEqual.

The Council is not a working group, a review body or a delivery agent. We set our own agenda, including what topics to cover, based on evidence from Scotland and beyond. However, in fulfilling our role we seek to positively influence policy, decision making and service delivery. We provide annual reports to the First Minister, demonstrating our findings and making recommendations.

 

The Circle

To support the Council, we’ve established a large group of supportive allies, known as the Circle.

The Circle welcomes people of all genders, including men, boys, and non-binary people. It includes representatives of a wide range of sectors and organisations across Scotland. The Circle provides insight and evidence to the Council and act as public “champions” for gender equality.

Three times a year, the Circle and Council meet to share experience, evidence from the frontline and ideas and help the Council shape its recommendations to the First Minister.

Annual Topics

2018 Attitudes and Culture Change – in public life; in work; in learning systems…
2019 Policy Coherence – how is policy made and do policies work against each other…
2020 Creating an Intersectional Gender Architecture – the status of women in Scotland, structures and intersectionality.

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The Community

This website is our Community – an online space where stakeholders, groups and communities can connect with the work of the Council.

Each month we shine a Spotlight on a different gender equality issue. We bring together articles, blogs, research and films that help raise awareness and stimulate discussion.

Each month we ask three questions to spark discussion about the Spotlight. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to discuss these questions in a ‘Wee Circle’ group, and to share feedback on the ‘Wee Circle – Have Your Say’ page of this website. Your opinions are valuable and will help us with our strategy going forward…

You can find this month’s topic on the Latest section of this site, where past topics can be found further down the page. Each month we publish an anonymous summary report of the feedback received. These are the Spotlights for the next couple of months:

Monthly Spotlight Topics

Month Spotlight topic
June 2018 Sexual harassment
July 2018 Poverty
August 2018 Enterprise

We believe that everyone has a part to play in creating gender equality and that everyone benefits from a more gender equal society. We believe in doing what’s right, not what’s easy. And we know we can’t tackle gender equality without tackling how gender overlaps with other things like race, religion, disability and sexuality. That’s why we want as many people as possible to discuss the issues and share their feedback through this website and our social media channels.

To help create real and lasting change for everyone in Scotland.
To help create #GenerationEqual.