Perspectives on gender equality in Scotland

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On the brink of the last Scottish referendum in 1998, it seemed that following numerous calls, equality would be central to the ‘new politics’ of Scotland and present in the new institutions and the new approaches to tackle poverty, inequality and social justice that were emerging. Women’s representation was high on the political agenda following the visible 50-50 campaign led by the STUC women’s committee. Indeed, women comprised 48 (37 per cent) elected representatives in the first Scottish Parliament. The establishment of an equal opportunities committee in the Scottish Parliament and an Equality Unit within the Scottish government (then the Scottish Executive) all pointed to an institutional commitment to advancing equality for all in Scotland
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoverty in Scotland: The Independence Referendum and Beyond
EditorsJohn McKendrick, Gerry Mooney, John Dickie, Gill Scott, Peter Kelly
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherChild Poverty Action Group
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781906076948
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • poverty
  • women
  • Scotland
  • policy
  • gender budgeting


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