NACWG Phase One

2017 - 2021

In 2016, The Scottish Government pledged to establish a First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG), to help drive forward action to tackle gender inequality.

The overarching objective of the NACWG was to:

  • Play a leading role in raising awareness of gender inequality in Scotland, drawing attention to the wide range of issues this creates for women, girls in Scotland today.
  • Act as a champion for positive progress and policies that are making a meaningful difference to the lives of women and girls; encouraging Scotland to become a beacon for gender equality around the world.
  • Be a catalyst for change by providing a challenging voice to the First Minister and her team. Identifying gaps in work to tackle gender inequality or ways of increasing the pace and scale of change.

In early 2017, the First Minister appointed Louise Macdonald OBE, (Chief Executive of Young Scot), as independent Chair and in January 2020, Dr Ima Jackson was appointed by the First Minister as Co-Chair with Louise Macdonald OBE.

Dedicated Scottish Government support for the NACWG was in place from September 2017 and the inaugural NACWG meeting took place on 6 December 2017. This full day meeting of the NACWG and our wider Circle produced outputs, which helped to develop our initial three year strategy.

You can find Phase One NACWG Terms of Reference, Work Plan and Meeting Minutes here.

To download a copy about NACWG’s priorities over the 2018 – 2020 period please click the following link:

our action

NACWG priorities

Creating an Intersectional Gender Architecture

Policy Coherence

Attitudes and Culture Change