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Women’s Equality Party’s Scottish manifesto out

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WE, Women's Equality party, Scottish elections, manifesto, 2016Committed to making gender equality a reality and keeping it at the top of the agenda.

The Women’s Equality Party Scotland published their manifesto for the Scottish elections on 5 May recently.

It covers seven key policy goals, saying:

The Women’s Equality (WE) Party will fight to establish equal pay and end the gender pay gap. WE will tackle the causes of the pay gap, including unpaid caregiving, across all types of work to ensure that all women are paid fairly for the work they undertake.

WE will strive to create an equal footing for parents and caregivers, regardless of gender.  WE will work towards a Scotland where everyone can share opportunity and responsibility in the workplace and at home.

WE will strive for an end to violence against women and girls, once and for all. Only through eradicating the scourge of gender violence can WE achieve true equality for women in Scotland.

WE will campaign for equal representation in politics, business, industry and throughout working life. Women’s presence is needed in these spheres to ensure a better Scotland for everyone.

WE will work hard to ensure that women’s representation in the media is positive, constructive and empowering. WE will press for women’s portrayal in the media to be addressed and work constructively towards a fair, gender balanced media landscape in Scotland.

WE will promote an education system that creates opportunities for all children regardless of gender. We will work across parties and agencies in Scotland to promote an understanding of why gender equality matters.

WE will push for women’s voices to be at the heart of all government decisions and budgets, to ensure that they don’t disadvantage women. WE will work to ensure gender balanced leadership from the highest levels of the Scottish Government to our local councils.

To read the full manifesto, click here.

The Women’s Equality Party has grown from an idea to a political party with over 45,000 members and supporters, fielding candidates in three elections across the UK, in just one year – and this manifesto was produced by WE party members in Scotland.

And Women’s Equality Party MSPs will be committed to making gender equality a reality and keeping it at the top of the agenda – from ending violence against women and girls to equal representation, from equal pay and opportunity to equal treatment in the media, from equal parenting and caregiving to equal education.

“For too long women have been underrepresented in public life,” Lee Chalmers, regional list candidate for Lothian said.

“I’m running for Holyrood to address that imbalance.

“It is only by making sure that women are at the table that we can make gender equality a reality. In the media, government, local authorities and boards, women’s voices lead to better decisions for Scotland.”

Anne Beetham, regional list candidate for Glasgow, added: “WE want Scotland to lead the way in achieving gender equality – I’ll be fighting for that by working at the highest level to tackle issues that exclude and hold back women in our society.

“Putting this right will benefit everyone.”

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