Category Archives: Women’s Issues

Women’s Aid

I had a great meeting this morning with Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire.  Natalie Hopwood, Maggie Keenan and Karen Kelly gave a valuable update on the work Women’s Aid are doing in the Clydesdale area. Clydesdale has the … Continue reading

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Labour bid to introduce world leading legislation on period poverty

Scotland could become the first country in the world to provide universal free access to sanitary products, under new plans from Scottish Labour and my colleague Monica Lennon MSP. This week a consultation was launched on the proposal to create a … Continue reading

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NFUS launch survey to hear from women in agriculture

The National Farmers Union Scotland has kicked off the new year with a fresh look at how to encourage female engagement in the union. While agriculture has traditionally been a male dominated industry, there are currently 25 women contributing to … Continue reading

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Equal Pay Day – close the gender pay gap

It was Equal Pay Day on 11 November. This date is chosen because the difference in average salaries earned by women and men in the UK, means women effectively stop earning from Thursday November 11 to the end of the year. … Continue reading

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Securing Women’s Futures

Social security policy has a significant impact on women, and there is currently cause for concern at the damaging impact the UK Government’s welfare reform programme will have on gender equality. I was very pleased to discuss this with Engender, … Continue reading

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Scottish Women’s Aid – Something To Sing About

Another highlight of my week celebrating International Women’s Day was thanks to Scottish Women’s Aid. Weeks in advance, a particularly interesting invitation fell into my inbox, inviting women of the Parliament – MSPs and staff – to join the SWA … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rural Leaders

I am always keen to lend my support to rural issues and promote the opportunities there are for those of us in rural areas. Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ambitious men and women taking part in … Continue reading

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152,000 fewer students in colleges 

Under the SNP there are 152,000 fewer students in our colleges today. This statistic is uncomfortable in itself but more so when the people who have been most affected are women returners, second chance learners, people retraining and people with … Continue reading

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Women Against State Pension Inequality

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is an action group campaigning against the unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950’s. It was founded by five women, previously strangers, who came together over the … Continue reading

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Achieving Women’s Equality in Lanark

  On Saturday I  hosted a successful event on the back of the launch of Scottish Labour’s consultation paper on Achieving Women’s Equality in Lanark. The event looked to explore issues that effect women disproportionately everyday such as inequality in … Continue reading

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