The problem: gender inequality
Women live with gender inequality daily, in ways that range
from explicit discrimination and breaches of our human rights, to the
relentless undermining portrayals of women in the media and public domain.
Social expectations and assumptions rooted in historical gender relations
influence all walks of life, for women and for men, and compromise the equality
that has been achieved on paper.
This legacy of women’s second class citizenship has not been
overcome and continues to define women’s life chances in the 21st century.
Women’s inequality in Scotland
- Care gap: 62% of
unpaid carers are women (Census 2011). Twice as
many female carers rely on benefits than male carers, at a rate of £1.55 per
hour (Carers Scotland).
- Freedom gap: Every 13
minutes a Scottish woman experiences violence (SWA).
- Income gap: Twice as
many women rely on benefits and tax credits as men. Women are 95% of lone
parents dependent on income support (HoC library).
- Pay gap: Women
earn 13% less than men as full time workers and 32% less than men part-time (CtG).
Female sectors are low-paid and undervalued.
- Power gap: Only 15%
of senior police, 15% High of Court judges, 10% of newspaper editors and 8% of
Directors of FTSE 250 firms are women (EHRC  Sex and Power in Scotland).
gap: Only 35% of MSPs, 17% of MEPs, 23% of councillors, 10% of
council leaders, and 26% of Trade Union leaders are women (ibid).