The Issues

You will find information about gender equality issues, and the work being done by the Scottish Government, below.

In April 2007 the gender equality duty came into force. It has now been replaced by the equality duty in the Equality Act 2010. This new equality duty came into force in April 2011.

The Government is working in partnership with a range of organisations to support the Close the Gap campaign to raise awareness about the pay gap between women and men in Scotland and encourage activity to close the pay gap.

The Scottish Government is committed to working with others to ensure that Scotland is a country where girls and boys in Scotland no longer face barriers to subject and career choice at school and women and men no longer face barriers to subject choice in colleges, universities and other training providers as well as to employment and earnings' opportunities.

Violence against women is a consequence of continuing inequality between men and women, and it is also a barrier to achieving equality.

The Scottish Government knows that it needs to do more around men's issues and seek men's contribution to the broader issues around equality.