Jo launches five-point plan to create opportunity for women at home and abroad

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 on a visit with Miriam Gonzalez Durantez to Milngavie’s Scottoiler run by local businesswoman Fiona Scott, 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 includes:

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, encouraging better representation on boards and scrapping the default retirement age

5.Removing barriers to women across the world by taking action on FGM and domestic violence

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than a third of all recent FTSE100 board appointments and by introducing shared parental leave we have challenged the outdated system which prevented dads from playing a full role in their child’s life.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 woman has the chance to get on in the world. That ambition starts with removing barriers.

“Today I am launching the 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.”

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Miriam Gonzalez Durantez (C), visits Scottoiler, an award winning motorcycle chain lubricant manufacturer, with Business Minister Jo Swinson (R). Source: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe