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Closing the Gender Gap

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A consultation over proposed mandatory quotas to ensure at least 40% of public boards are made up of women has been launched by the Scottish Government.

According to Cabinet Secretary for Equalities, Shona Robison, the legislation will bridge the gender gap and create more effective boards.

The consultation ‘Women On Board: Quality Through Diversity’ asks how mandatory quotas could be implemented for public bodies, and if potential legislation should be extended to company boards.

“It’s clear that even in this day and age we still have gender inequality on our public boards,” commented Ms Robison.

“Every woman should be able to fulfil their potential in the labour market and in their wider life,” she added.

“Scottish women make up 52% of our population. They clearly have a voice to be heard and we will do all that we can to make sure this happens by driving forward this consultation on legislation,” she concluded.

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