A day-long gathering at the Scottish Parliament is inviting women to explore their paths to elected office
Hundreds of women aspiring for a career in politics will be gathering for a dynamic day at the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Saturday 7 September).
The event has been put together by Scotland's Women Stand, a movement to support and empower women of Scotland to stand for political office.
The purpose of the gathering is for women to explore their paths to elected office and participation in democracy. Women of all ages, backgrounds and political affiliations are invited to be a part of positive change towards the goal of gender equal political representation.
Linda Fabiani, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, will be welcoming attendees into the debating chamber, to hear inspiring women share their stories of activism, campaigning and election, followed by a panel of elected women in conversation about their experiences of differing spheres of politics.
The morning’s keynote speaker will be equality campaigner Talat Yaqoob, founder and director of Women 50:50, Scotland’s campaign for 50% representation of women in Parliament. Christina McKelvie, Minister for Old People and Equalities, will also be joining for a keynote speech.
Lunch and the opportunity to network will follow, giving attendees the chance to connect with a host of organisations who share the mission of women’s empowerment in politics in Scotland, and offer support in the path to politics.
There will be a variety of workshops to get involved in during the afternoon, which will offer the opportunity to explore what exactly is involved in running for elected office and how to get involved in democracy in other ways. There will be unique artistic performances that celebrate women’s involvement in political life throughout the day.
The Scottish Parliament is an accessible venue. The event is also free to attend and assistance towards travel is available, and, whilst the event’s spaces are currently filled, it is possible to join the waitlist.
Check out the full programme here.