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From SNP Media:

Nicola Sturgeon will today [Friday] urge women to give both votes to the SNP on May 6th as she highlights plans to support women as Scotland recovers from COVID.

Campaigning in Glasgow today, the SNP Leader will outline the wide range of policies an SNP Government will introduce to improve health outcomes and economic opportunities for women – both at home and abroad.

Key SNP commitments for women include:

  • Create a £50m Women’s Business Centre to support women looking to start or grow their business 
  • Continue funding the SNP Government’s Women Returners Programme and build flexible and family-friendly working into our Fair Work First Programme, learning lessons from working practices during the pandemic to make it easier for women – particularly single parents – to return to work.
  • Expand free childcare and build a wraparound childcare system, with those on the lowest incomes paying nothing.
  • Introduce a Women’s Health Plan aimed at improving services for women and tackling health inequalities, across a wide range of issues.
  • Take action to make streets safer for women, for example working with stakeholders on how to better educate men about the impact of their behaviour, and exploring how we design communities, such as Space Safety Audits.

According to ONS figures published in November, the gender pay gap for full-time employees in Scotland has decreased from 7.2 per cent in 2019 to 3.0 per cent in 2020 and in the UK it has decreased from 9.0 per cent to 7.4 per cent.

Speaking while campaigning in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon is expected to say:

“These are serious times which require experienced leadership to guide Scotland through the pandemic and into recovery. In Government, the SNP has a proud record on standing up for women on issues such as equal pay and support in returning to the workplace.

“In many ways women have borne the brunt of the pandemic, working in caring professions and often taking responsibility for children or older relatives at home. We must make sure this recovery helps put women on an equal footing – with better jobs, better health care and greater safety.

“We will create a £50m Women’s Business Centre to support women looking to start or grow their business. As part of this, we will invest £3 million per year to pay the equivalent of a full time salary for 100 female applicants to develop their pioneering business idea.

“We will also continue our successful Women Returners Programme, which is helping women re-enter the labour market after a period away – as well as building flexible and family-friendly working into our Fair Work First programme.

“While not all women have children, we know that the availability of free, high-quality childcare is hugely important for many women in the workplace. In government the SNP have revolutionised childcare provision, and if re-elected we’ll go even further by building a system of wraparound childcare.

“As we remobilise our NHS, we also want to improve healthcare for women and girls at different stages in their lives. We’ll develop and implement a Women’s Health Plan to improve services and reduce health inequalities on issues as diverse as breastfeeding support, screening services and the menopause.

“I’m proud that the SNP is fielding such a strong range of female candidates in this election, who bring a wide range of experiences from a diverse range of backgrounds – and by giving both votes to the SNP on May 6th, people can elect a government which is strongly committed to supporting women from all walks of life through the pandemic and into the recovery.”


  1. It’s a very long time since I was called on to support the social position of women, but I’d suggest effective action will depend on strengthening women’s rights, rather than weakening them by undermining the legal boundaries of womanhood.

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    1. Hi CameronB

      A couple of things:
      1) Very interesting link, thanks. But I can’t relate the content to either strengthening women’s rights or the legal boundaries of womanhood.

      2) I can’t see how that, in its turn, relates to helping a woman worried out of her mind as to how she’s going to pay rent, heating, bills or put food on the table. Especially if she has to find safe, reliable, full-time care for her children to do it.

      Maybe just me, so apologies if I’ve missed something glaringly obvious!

      This action sounds like a great bit of joined up thinking – although, on the free childcare at least, I hope that includes men. Single fathers can struggle too and are very often forgotten.

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      1. Thanks for taking the interest. I appreciate it might have appeared theoretical, abstract, and completely removed from and irrelevant to the price of bread. I’m also all for “joined up thinking”. As effective government depends largely on the coherence of policy frameworks and legal action. So I was just pointing to the fundamental significance of biology, which appears to be a radical position nowadays.


  2. I might be rusty, but I like to think I know a bit about how to support women in re-discovering and reclaiming their material, bio-social, claims to the right to access the potential for justice. Though some might consider such action a tad radical. Man. 🙂

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  3. Great to see equal rights and opportunities for women being taken seriously and developed its scandalous that women get lower pay than men no matter where , it has to stop and even though there are many men like me who have always done childcare , cooking , shopping , ironing , laundry , housework etc etc there are still too many men around who dont and many who cant do these necessities that has to change too.


  4. Women who co habit (majority) do not have equal rights with other women. They have to put in a claim and fight through Courts. It costs £thousands. Many women cannot afford it. They can lose the roof over their heads. Women have to stay in unhealthy, unsafe, abuse environments, affecting children. There is little legal aid. It has to be paid back in any case from a settlement. Women can lose their home. In England it has been changed.

    Renting agencies/solicitors can demand 6 months + deposit upfront rent. Even if women has a good credit score and funds. Illegally. It makes it harder from women to find alternative accommodation.

    It should be sorted out.


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