Category Archives: Women’s Issues

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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Achieving Women’s Equality discussion event

Throughout my whole life women’s equality has been an issue that I have been particularly passionate about and fought hard to achieve. Unfortunately even 100 years after women first got the vote we are still having to fight hard for … Continue reading

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Consultation on short prison sentences in Scotland

  The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on proposals to strengthen the current presumption against short periods of imprisonment. The consultation seeks responses and views on the following questions: Should the current presumption against sentences of three months or … Continue reading

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