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Speaking on International Women’s Day, Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed steps being taken through the Scottish Government’s Gender Pay Gap Action Plan. Launched today by the First Minister the Action Plan maps out over fifty actions which the Scottish Government will take to meet its commitment to reduce the gender pay gap by 2021.

Ms Cunningham said:

“As we mark International Women’s Day and celebrate the massive progress that has been made in addressing gender inequality it is extremely important that we do not simply rest on our laurels but look to the future and how we can build on the achievements of the past to tackle those glaring inequalities that still remain.

“The gender pay gap in Scotland for full-time employees has decreased from 6.6% in 2017, to 5.7% in 2018.  Now, that is an improvement, but it needs to get better yet.

“The Gender Pay Gap Action Plan, published today by the Scottish Government, contains over fifty different actions which can be taken to tackle gender discrimination and inequalities in the workplace.

“Those actions include supporting women to return to work after a career break through a £5 million three-year Women Returners Programme; improving workplace practices, including support for women during menopause and those who have experienced domestic abuse through the Worplace Equality Fund; and delivering a new careers strategy by autumn 2019 to provide advice and accessible guidance which will help to challenge stereotypes.

“This International Women’s Day we celebrate those women who have inspired us but we also take on the responsibility of delivering a more equal society for those women and girls who will come after us.”


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