CNA Staff, Aug 1, 2020 / 04:30 am
A feminist group said Friday that it may launch a legal challenge over new rules to increase female representation on public boards in Scotland, arguing that they redefine the term "woman" to include men.
In a press statement July 31, the group For Women Scotland said it had sent a legal letter to ministers accusing the Scottish government of exceeding its authority by changing the definition of "woman."
The complaint focuses on the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act 2018, which sets a "gender representation objective" for the boards of listed Scottish public authorities, which must ensure that 50% of non-executive members are women.
The Act of the Scottish Parliament became law on March 9, 2018. The government published statutory guidance on the Act on June 2, 2020.