The Scottish Green Party’s work to improve women’s representation for 2021.

This blog is written by Lorna Slater Laura Moodie from the Scottish Green Party: 2016 was a watershed year for women’s representation in politics and the Scottish Greens. It was the year we, like many parties, realised that the scratching-the-surface approaches of all-women short-lists, softly-softly encouragement and leaving the heavy lifting to women themselves simply …

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Moving Up The Agenda: Women’s Issues in the Programme for Government

Every year, the Scottish Government publishes a Programme for Government setting out its plans and priorities for the coming year – the Holyrood equivalent of the Queen’s Speech, but with far less pomp and ceremony. When the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999, it was with lots of input from feminist organisations, and the …

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Attitudes and Internal Processes Must Change to Give BAME Candidates the Chance They Deserve.

My name is Dr Nighet Riaz and I am the equality officer for the SNP Pollokshields branch in Glasgow Scotland. I also hold a post of Approved Assessor, and have acted as a panel member on vetting panels to support applicants through the process to be considered as potential candidates in current and future elections, …

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COSLA takes on abuse in public debate

UK Local Government Associations: Joint Statement on Civility in Public Life. The intimidation and abuse of Councillors, in person or otherwise, undermines democracy; it can prevent elected members from representing the communities they serve, prevent individuals from standing for election and undermine public trust in democratic processes. These harmful behaviours, whether occurring towards, between or …

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Tackling Sexual Harassment in Politics

This blog is from Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Lothian MSP and a representative on the Women 50:50 steering group: In June last year a report, produced by the Scottish Parliament’s Standard’s Committee, into sexual harassment at the Scottish Parliament, called for urgent action.  The report made several recommendations including mandatory training to encourage “positive …

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