New Co-Chairs appointed to help deliver Scottish Government ambitions.
Two equality experts specializing in women’s representation and participation and equality in the labor market will drive the next phase of work to achieve gender equality in Scotland.
Talat Yaqoob, co-founder of Women 5050, the national campaign for fair representation of women in politics and public life, and Anna Ritchie Allan, chief executive of Close the Gap, have been named to co-chair the next phase of the national consultation of the Premier’s Council for Women and Girls (NACWG).
The Premier thanked outgoing Co-Chairs Louise Macdonald OBE and Dr Ima Jackson for their leadership of the NACWG as she welcomed the two new Co-Chairs.
The Advisory Council was established in 2017 to advocate for gender equality and suggest areas where further action is needed to tackle persistent inequalities, support women at work, end violence against women and girls and fight gender stereotypes.
During the first phase, the NACWG released three annual reports setting out bold recommendations in areas ranging from justice and education to women’s political representation and human rights.
From March 2022, the Advisory Council will move into an oversight role to help ensure the Scottish Government and others deliver on the ambition of its recommendations to make Scotland a fairer, safer and more equal for all women and girls.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I would like to thank Louise Macdonald, Dr. Ima Jackson and all the members of the first phase of the National Advisory Council on Women and Girls. Their work and dedication to the goal of gender equality has firmly established a NACWG that is doing exactly what I hoped it would do – challenging the Scottish Government and others to do more to tackle inequality and do of Scotland a more equal place for women and girls.
“We are taking its recommendations across government and earlier this month, on International Women’s Day, I welcomed the release of the Independent Report on Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland, which exists as a result of a recommendation from the Advisory Council in 2018. Later in this parliamentary session, we will introduce a new Human Rights Bill which will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All forms of discrimination against women and other human rights treaties into Scottish law, where possible within devolved powers.
“I look forward to working with Talat and Anna on the challenges they have set for us in phase two to build on the dynamic recommendations made by the Advisory Council in phase one and to continue our work to combat the gender inequality in all aspects of life, in all corners of Scotland.
Talat Yaqoob said:
“Having served on the Advisory Council since its inception, I know that the recommendations made have been made with the genuine intention of improving the lives of women and girls in Scotland. With the content of the three annual reports being accepted and supported, it now is the time to make sure these changes are implemented to make that intention a reality, otherwise these are just words of hope on paper.
“During phase two, we will focus on two things, accountability and participation. We will challenge government and beyond to deliver these recommendations effectively and push for the needs of marginalized women to be central to the design and implementation.
Anna Ritchie Allan added:
“NACWG’s recommendations are bold and far-reaching, and accountability is needed to drive systemic change. The work comes at a critical time, as Covid-19 has amplified inequality for women and girls. The accountability phase creates an opportunity to do things differently, to ensure that the Scottish Government meets its commitments to gender equality. Our recommendations are a starting point for change, but effective implementation is necessary if change is to have meaning for marginalized women and girls. »
Louise Macdonald OBE commented:
“When the NACWG was created, we made a bold commitment to help design a future where gender inequality is a historical curiosity and I am immensely proud of the set of recommendations we came up with – which have all been accepted. I strongly believe that taken together they have the power to transform our systems so that they are truly future-ready and to advance gender equality in Scotland for women and girls. , but only if they are fully implemented and remain true to the spirit they were proposed.
“I wish our new Co-Chairs every success as they move the Advisory Council forward in its oversight and accountability role, which is essential to eliminating the shameful inequalities that women and girls still face every day.”
Dr. Ima Jackson added:
“It is an exciting time for the NACWG as the work of developing a new vision for the future of Scotland takes shape. I hope to see these systematic changes take effect to help build communities, where women and girls can thrive and realize their full potential.
The National Advisory Council on Women and Girls was appointed by the First Minister in December 2017 to advise on further action that could be taken by the Scottish Government and others to achieve gender equality in Scotland.
The first plenary meeting of the reconstituted NACWG will take place on March 31, 2022.