The Equality and Human Rights Commission has the power under section 16 of the Equality Act 2006 to undertake inquiries into matters relating to its duties on equality, relations between groups in society, and human rights.
The Commission decided to undertake an inquiry into human trafficking in Scotland, as it regards trafficking in human beings as inseparable from inequality, and as one of the most severe human rights abuses in the modern world.
The current Gender Equality Duty requires Scottish Ministers to set out priority areas that they have identified across the functions and activities relevant to Scottish public authorities and then provide an overview of progress in these priority areas by 1 July 2010. Scottish Ministers agreed two priority areas, namely: tackling violence against women and occupational segregation. This paper presents the main findings of a review of key evidence and national policies relating to tackling violence against women.