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More than 50 women attended a successful and engaging event for women contemplating local politics, according to event co-organisers Elect Her.

The online seminar, held on Tuesday evening (18 January) saw women from all over the Western Isles participating in the Comhairle-backed effort to see more women standing in local elections, due to be held in May.

Event hosts Elect Her said the women who attended included former councillors Zena Stewart and Catriona Stewart, sharing inspirational advice.

Zena and Catriona’s top tip, according to the hosts, was: “If you’re standing for local election, get to know your community. The hard work really pays off when you see the difference it makes to people you know.”

Now Elect Her are offering continuing support to women inspired to stand for May’s election, with a follow-up resource called Equip Her, providing women with help for their campaigns.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Glitch and Activate, Stand for Something and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.

The online campaign runs to 12 May and is available now at

It includes three key elements: campaign in a box –an online suite of resources with guidance on how to plan, budget and implement your election campaign, candidate clinics each month by zoom and bespoke workshops designed for specific skills development.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar yesterday (Wednesday) posted a thank you message to all the women who attended the workshop and to Elect Her for its delivery.

The picture shows some of the participating women (Elect Her).