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Motion ref. S5M-23448

Young Women Lead Report on How to Increase Employment Opportunities for BAME Women

Submitted by: Linda Fabiani, East Kilbride, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, November 23, 2020

Supported by: Tom Arthur, Annabelle Ewing, John Finnie, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Gil Paterson, Gail Ross, Colin Smyth, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Sandra White
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 14, 2021

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the 2019-20 Young Women Lead (YWL) report, which investigates what measures are being taken to increase employment opportunities for women from ethnic minorities; understands that this topic was chosen because there is a lack of Scotland-specific data regarding BAME women’s experiences moving from education to employment; believes that, despite a number of policy initiatives and recognition of the problems, the report states that "outcomes for minority ethnic communities have not improved over the past two decades and that the focus needs to be on action"; acknowledges that the YWL committee researched its work through evidence sessions, online surveys and interviews with employers, employees, teachers and students; believes that this report brings an opportunity to better understand the barriers faced by young BAME women in East Kilbride and across the country, and notes the calls for the report's recommendations to be considered in an effort to improve outcomes for everyone affected so as to create a fairer, better Scotland for all.