Women are being urged to stand up for politics at a unique event in Stornoway next month (Saturday September 7th).
Scotland’s Women Stand is the latest initiative to address inequalities which keep women from being fully represented in the democratic process, especially at local level.
The Parliament Project and YWCA Scotland have joined up with support from the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to provide a live link-up with a national day of debate, bringing 400 women together to share their experience of elected office.
The live event’s being held at the Scottish Parliament, and will be cast to hubs in Stornoway, Aberdeen, Lerwick and Lochgilphead. It features Linda Fabiani, deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, hosting an all-women line-up of speakers sharing experience of politics in Scotland and the unique rewards and challenges they've met, with party politics left at the door for the day.
The morning's keynote speakers are Christina McKelvie, minister for older people and equalities, and equality campaigner and powerhouse Talat Yaqoob, founder and director of Women 50:50, Scotland's campaign for 50% representation of women in Parliament.
Through a local link at the Comhairle offices on Sandwick Road, women will be able to put questions digitally to the speakers and will have lunch together and take part in an afternoon session on the possible roles available in politics. The whole day runs from 9.30am to 3pm.
Organisers of the event said: “For Scotland to make progress in the gender equality of political representation, your voice is needed, your participation is vital. This uniquely focussed, participative and informative day-long programme will catalyse a new movement of women raising up their voices and create a network of supportive peers. We want you to be a part of that network."
Free registration is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotlands-women-stand-stornoway-tickets-66681882305?aff=ehomecard.