8 March 2019
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon marked this year’s International Women’s Day by launching the Scottish Government’s first ever Gender Pay Gap Action Plan.
The plan sets out more than 50 actions that will help the Scottish Government meet its commitment of reducing the gender pay gap by 2021.
Steps to tackle gender discrimination and inequalities have been set out in the first @scotgov Gender Pay Gap Action Plan – launched by @nicolasturgeon at #BGateway_EL #IWD2019 #BalanceForBetter ?https://t.co/KD0o4VCJUk pic.twitter.com/YsaoSCwW58
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) March 8, 2019
The plan includes £5 million funding to support 2,000 women return to work after a career break, and actions to promote gender equality in early learning and childcare, schools, colleges, and wthin employment support and the social security system.
The First Minister said:
The package of measures set out in Scotland’s first Gender Pay Gap Action Plan are a historic landmark in our march to achieving gender equality and closing the gender pay gap.”
The First Minister launched the plan at Business Gateway Edinburgh’s Women in Business event, where she spoke about tackling equalities to an audience of around 120 women, including entrepreneurs and representatives from the private, public and third sector.
While she was there the First Minister met a number of entrepreneurs and also helped the Business Gateway launch its new Women in Business Growth programme which will provide women with the opportunity to attend expert workshops and receive tailored support.
Happy #InternationalWomenDay Edinburgh! The theme for #iwd2019 is “balance for better” – a call to speed up gender balance across the world – and we’re proud to be hosting a major @BGateway_EL conference today with @KateC_SNP, @TVZaraJ & @ScotGovFM celebrating women in biz pic.twitter.com/rGVCxrOdUz
— The City of Edinburgh Council (@Edinburgh_CC) March 8, 2019
Check out the First Minister’s full speech.