Scotland's Women Stand - At The Scottish Parliament

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Scottish Parliament Building

Edinburgh

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Scotland's Women Stand Logo - Inspiring Women

Women of Scotland - We invite you to join us on Saturday 7th September for this dynamic event in the Scottish Parliament, to explore your path to elected office, and participation in democracy - full of inspiration, information and motivation. Our packed day-long programme will hear elected women tell their stories of the challenges and rewards of elected office, bringing 400 women of all ages, backgrounds and identities together.

Scottish Parliament Chamber

Linda Fabiani, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, will welcome you to the iconic 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 will host a unique all-women line-up of speakers sharing their experiences 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.

Portrait images of Linda Fabiani, Talat Yaqoob, and Christina McKelvie

Lunch and networking in the Garden Lobby will follow, providing opportunities to connect with organisations who share the mission of women's empowerment in politics in Scotland and offer support to your path to politics.

The afternoon will have a menu of workshops which will offer you opportunities to more deeply explore what's involved in running for elected office or getting involved in democracy in other ways. You will be contacted by email about selecting your workshop sessions in advance of the event. Workshops will cover a diverse range of topics and are tailored to the unique perspective of women. There will be unique artistic performances that celebrate women's involvement in political life throughout the day.

"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."

Scotland's Women Stand is a unique event by The Parliament Project and YWCA Scotland- The Young Women's Movement. This unique and historic gathering is supported by the Scottish Parliament with funding support by the Scottish Government.

The organisers are committed to making this event accessible and welcoming to all. The support of PAs and BSL interpretation is available, as well as other access support. We ask you to tell us your access needs in the registration form, and provide a contact to discuss how we can support you, in your confirmation email.

The Scottish Parliament is an accessible venue, comprehensive information for visitors and assistance is available. You can find out more and contact The Scottish Parliament about accessibility here: https://www.parliament.scot/accessibility (opens in a new window).

Organisational logos for the Parliament Project, the Young Women's Movement, and the Scottish Government.

There will be photography and filming at this event to document and share the content. Your image may be captured. You will be asked to consent to this at registration and will be able to opt out.

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Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

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