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Scottish Government appoints Race Equality Framework Adviser

Published: 7 Dec 2016 10:00

Kaliani Lyle to provide insight and advice on implementing Framework actions.

An independent adviser has been appointed by the Scottish Government to advance race equality and tackle racism.

Kaliani Lyle has been appointed as Race Equality Framework Adviser to provide strategic independent expertise, insight and advice to the Scottish Government in taking forward the actions in the framework.

The Race Equality Framework, launched in March this year, sets out a path for a fair and just society, free from discrimination and inequality for Scotland’s minority ethnic communities. The Adviser will focus on creating systemic change, advising on the implementation of the framework and liaising with stakeholders, communities and academics.

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance said:

“We are determined to lead in advancing race equality, and the Race Equality Framework sets out our approach to tackling racism.. We want to achieve a fairer Scotland by ensuring people from minority ethnic communities realise their potential and have equality of opportunity.

“We know problems do, sadly, still exist. The Framework was developed with an understanding of the clear need to avoid and eradicate racism, wherever it is found.

“The Scottish Government wants to build an inclusive and far reaching programme of work in this area, and the input of an experienced and independent adviser will help ensure we are doing everything we can to take forward the actions of the Framework.”

Ms Lyle said:

“I welcome the opportunity to provide advice and challenge to the Scottish Government and partners on the implementation of the Race Equality Framework. This framework was developed jointly with organisations and minority ethnic communities throughout Scotland. But now the  test is how the framework will create real change for people on the ground – who are directly affected by racial discrimination and lack of opportunity. 

“I see my role as a critical friend to the Cabinet Secretary and her team, and to ensure the voices of people with direct experience of racism and discrimination shape policy and practice across all of government.”

Background

Kaliani Lyle stepped down as Scotland’s Commissioner for Equality Human Rights Commission earlier this year and is a former member of the Christie Commission.

Ms Lyle’s role will be to provide strategic independent expertise, insight, and advice to the Scottish Government as the actions in the Race Equality Framework are implemented.

The full Framework can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/4084