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Centenary Suffrage Conference – Why Should I Bother to Vote?

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Dundee & Angus College, Gardyne Campus

Gardyne Road

Dundee

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A free event for young women aged 16-25 encouraging them to vote by looking at the history of women’s suffrage and our political system.

Funded by the Scottish Government Centenary Fund.


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10.00 – 10.30 Registration

10.30 Welcome – Councillor Lynne Short

Convener City Development Committee
Ward Councillor for Maryfield Ward
Dundee City Council.


10.40 ‘The Suffrage Movement’ Donna Moore, Glasgow Women’s Library

Donna is Adult Literacy and Numeracy Development Worker at Glasgow Women's Library having joined as a volunteer in 2010, where she spends all day immersed in women's herstories, supports women with their reading and writing and facilitates creative workshops. She is a published author of novels and short stories and is currently doing a PhD in Creative Writing.

11.35 ‘A Petrol-Scented Spring’ Ajay Close, journalist, novelist & playwright

In her first career, Ajay Close was an award-winning journalist. Shes now a novelist and playwright. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful, was long listed for the Orange Prize. A Petrol Scented Spring, about the Scottish suffragettes, was long listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and featured on BBC Radio 4s A Good Read.

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Breakout Sessions

1 UK Parliament - Ann Gourlay

Ann has had a 40 year carer in Nursing, managing Community Nursing and Specialist Palliative Care Services. Following retirement 5 years ago she now works as a Life Coach and Market Researcher. An active member of Soroptimist International she is passionate about women's potential to lead the way locally and nationally.

2 Out Reach Team Scottish Parliament - Kate Smith & Alanis McQuillen

Kate is currently employed as Outreach Services Officer for the Scottish Parliament, working with the Community Outreach Team to engage the wider community in the work of the Scottish Parliament. She has over 20 years of experience of working with the voluntary sector.

Alanis left high school in 2015 and has been working at the Scottish Parliament ever since. She became a Modern Apprentice at the Scottish Parliament for a year and found her place in a political institution, as an impartial employee.

3 Local Government - Jimmy Black

Jimmy Black worked as a welfare rights worker, campaigner, lobbyist, freelance reporter and independent producer for BBC Radio Scotland, before moving into politics as councillor for Dundee's Coldside. Still active in politics, Jimmy is Political Education Officer of his local branch and a delegate to the Dundee City Association SNP. He currently works on Technology Enabled Care for Dundee Voluntary Action.

15.00 Closing Presentation - Shona Robison MSP

Shona was an MSP for the North East from 1999-2003 before being elected MSP for Dundee East in 2003. She was appointed Minister for Public Health in the minority Scottish Government formed after the May 2007 election. In 2014 she became a full member of the Scottish Cabinet and served as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport until June 2018.


15.30 End of Conference

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