Support for LGBT during coronavirus – Minister blog
12th May 2020 by Christina McKelvie MSP
Blog by Christina McKelvie, Minister for older people and equalities The coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all in a variety of different ways. I know that as the lockdown measures across Scotland continue, LGBT people may experience difficulties which are magnified by the inequality that they continue to experience. Many younger LGBT people may not…
Investing in Scotland’s social security system
13th February 2020 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
We are creating the infrastructure for a new public service for Scotland. Our new social security system, is an important investment in the people of Scotland now and for generations to come. Yesterday I outlined how we are taking this new programme further. We have met and surpassed our commitments to date, having already established…
Two child benefit limit should be scrapped
1st August 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they…
21st June 2019 by Christina McKelvie MSP
Ahead of the 2019 Pride Edinburgh event, I reflect on my recent trip to Lithuania for Baltic Pride.
Scottish Traveller: Would you hire me?
17th June 2019 by admin
My name is Angel Hendry, I’m 24 and a Scottish Traveller. I’ve experienced several barriers, trials and tribulations growing up as a young Traveller. I first experienced discrimination towards my culture when I was three years old. I was crying in my pram as my mum was pushing me around in a shop. A lady approached and leaned over the pram…
Transgender rights and equality
18th April 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
The debate about the rights of transgender people is becoming very polarised. As Cabinet Secretary for Equalities, I have a duty to try to change that and to encourage respectful debate. Setting out my own views and feelings on the matter – while trying to better understand those of others – is a first step….
Access to Free Sanitary Products
4th January 2019 by Aileen Campbell
I’m proud to be part of a Government that has ensured students at schools, colleges and universities have access to free sanitary products. The Scottish government was the first in the world to make products available to students as part of a £5.2m scheme to tackle period poverty. Nobody should suffer the indignity of struggling…
16 Days of Activism: How we are working to end violence against women and girls
10th December 2018 by Christina McKelvie MSP
Scottish Government Equalities Minister, Christina McKelvie, shares her highlights from the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
Highlands & Islands Social Innovation Fund – Call for Applications
7th November 2018 by michellekerr
Inclusive Growth is at the heart of the Social Innovation Fund and Social Economy Growth Fund. The Funds increase the capacity of social economy organisations to deliver services that improve the quality of life for our citizens. They also test new products, technologies and models to overcome challenges for our individuals and communities with the…
Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill
30th January 2018 by Angela Constance MSP
Women make up 51% of our population, but they are under-represented in decision-making positions across Scotland, including in the boardroom. Women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and reports of sexual harassment and violence in our society keep reminding us that these issues are not going away. This is not acceptable and…