Gender Representation on Public Boards Amendment Passed

In a significant development, the Scottish Parliament has passed legislation to amend the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018. This amendment aligns the Act with a Court of Session ruling from 2022, which found that the Act’s definition of “woman” was not within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. Let’s explore the implications of this amendment and its impact on gender representation in public boards.

The 2018 Act’s Objective

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 set a crucial objective: 50% of non-executive members on public boards should be women. This legislation aimed to address gender disparities at the highest levels of decision-making and ensure greater equality.

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The Court of Session Ruling

In 2022, the Court of Session ruled that the definition of “woman” in the 2018 Act exceeded the Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence. Consequently, the definition needed removal from the statute book.

The Purpose of the Amendment

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill removes the contested definition of “woman” from the 2018 Act. Importantly, this amendment does not alter the Act’s purpose or objectives. The Scottish Government remains committed to improving gender equality and representation across all sectors of society.

As the amended Act takes effect, Scotland continues its journey toward greater gender parity in public boards. The removal of the contested definition ensures that the statute book accurately reflects the Act’s intent.

By Zane Lee

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