Some of Scotland’s leading equalities groups are pledging to increase diversity in Scottish politics.
Seven organisations, including Engender, the Equality Network and Inclusion Scotland have united, and intend to remove the barriers that stop underrepresented groups from taking part in politics. The project will include a website designed to aid those involved in political parties to audit their practices and get help on how to remove barriers to getting involved.
Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender said: Political parties know they must do more to challenge the over-representation of white, non-disabled men in politics, and this project aims to help them take real action to improve the extent to which political parties and our elected representatives look like the population of Scotland.”
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