Scottish Liberal Democrat Business and Equalities Minister, and candidate for East Dunbartonshire Jo Swinson today launched a five point plan to create opportunity for women at home and abroad.
Speaking as she met female apprentices and employees during a visit to a motorcycle components manufacturer in East Dunbartonshire with Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Jo Swinson set out Liberal Democrat plans to break down barriers facing women from all walks of life and across all generations.
The five point plan:
1. Removing barriers to young girls by challenging gender stereotypes and promoting positive body image
2. Removing barriers to opportunity through apprenticeships and college places and supporting young women to pursue STEM subjects
3. Removing barriers to entering work by creating a dad revolution for shared parental leave, expanding free childcare provision and flexible working
4. Removing barriers in work by closing the gender pay gap and encouraging better representation on boards. Providing security in retirement by enshrining the pensions triple lock in law.
5. Removing barriers to women across the world by taking action on FGM and domestic violence
Commenting, Jo Swinson said:
“I am proud of the achievements made by Liberal Democrats in government in championing the rights of all women and girls to reach their potential at home and abroad.
“More women are in work than ever before, women have secured more than a third of all recent FTSE100 board appointments and by introducing shared parental leave we have challenged the outdated system which prevented dads from playing a full role in their child’s life.
“Liberal Democrats believe society should give equal opportunities to women from all walks of life and across all generations.
“We are ambitious about what can be achieved so that every girl and women has the chance to get on in the world. That ambition starts with removing barriers.
“Today I am launching the Scottish Liberal Democrat five point plan to remove the barriers which too often stand between girls, women, and opportunity.
“We simply can’t afford to lose out on the talents and skills of over half the population if we want to build a stronger economy. And we can’t afford to let up on our efforts to tackle violence against women at home and abroad if we want to build a fairer society.
“From introducing measures so that women can rightly challenge their employer where they are not being properly valued, to challenging gender stereotypes, this plan shows how Liberal Democrats will create opportunity fit for the 21st century.”