NACWG Phase Two


Phase Two introduction

The focus of Phase Two NACWG is on accountability, implementation and participation, to ensure the delivery of our recommendations in a way that not only shapes policy development but also influences the system as a whole.

We will be mainly scrutinising NACWG recommendation implementation, but may sometimes explore topics wider than our recommendations, and we will report on our activity. A key overarching objective is to ensure that our recommendations deliver meaningful change for women who need it the most.

Review here our Phase Two Work Plan.

Check here for our Phase Two Terms of Reference.





The council membership will be formed of those who have experience of pursuing gender equality across different areas, knowledge of policy delivery, and skills and experience around Government scrutiny.

Their role will be to investigate, analyse and challenge in order to realise the ambitions of the NACWG recommendations. They will also be assessing whether there is coherence across Government on commitments to tackle gender inequality and whether women who experience multiple and compounding inequalities are being fully considered (we often refer to this as intersectional analysis).


In phase one, 1300 organisations and individuals joined the NACWG Circle, demonstrating a clear interest in how gender equality can be realised. In phase two, we want to build on this work by moving from talking to doing. We’ll be asking existing Circle members, and others who would like to join, to take further action on tackling women and girls’ inequality in their own organisations, groups and communities.

They will be asked to provide information on the work they are doing so that good practice can be shared, and they will be asked to tell us how they can be supported to do more, and better.


We do not want this work to be only influenced by the same people who have some access to power in Scotland. That is why the NACWG will include a lived expertise panel who will have an equal role in scrutinising recommendations and informing delivery. This group will be made up of women and girls who are too often ignored in decision making and do not have access to influence.

The NACWG’s work to raise awareness through digital media and engaging those who have participated in events over the first three years will continue. We will publish reports and briefings providing an assessment of whether the Scottish Government is delivering the NACWG recommendations, and we look forward to your engagement with these.

Most importantly, we look forward to pursuing genuine challenge and accountability of Government to advance equality for women and girls in Scotland.

Click below to view Meeting Minutes, recordings and other information for Phase Two.



Summary notes


Summary notes

Circle event video