The STUC Congress was held from 24th - 26th April in Aviemore. The theme was fair work + modern unions = economic progress.
The SWC attended as exhibitors & observers to the conference. We met with delegates & visitors, promoting the SWC & encouraging women to be involved.
The SWC team meets with the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
The SWC also supported the 'TIE' campaign with their fringe meeting. You can find out more about their campaign on their website.
The Scottish Women's Convention (SWC) notes the recent Scottish Parliament debate on Child Tax Credit cuts.
With four of the five main political parties in Scotland condemning the so-called 'rape clause', the SWC will continue to work to challenge this discriminatory policy.
Agnes Tolmie, SWC Chair says
"The 'rape clause' will impact on women when they are at their most vulnerable. Why in 2017 are Victorian style policies being considered in a progressive UK. Women must come together and assert their issues, views and concerns to decision makers."
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Agnes Tolmie, Chair of the Scottish Women’s Convention said in support of the campaign for the removal of the non-consensual conception exception clause in the UK Government Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit legislation.
“This demonstrates that the UK Government have again directed their un-ethnical and un-justifiable policies at women. The Scottish Women’s Convention will continue to work with other organisations to reverse the implementation of this legislation.”
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Does a women wake up in the morning and choose to sell her body? Or is she forced?
This conference was organised to look at the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.
Recently the dialogue around this subject has been moving towards one of sex work as a choice for women. But does a woman wake up in the morning and choose to sell her body? Does she think 'oh this is a good career choice'? For most women this is not the case.
As an organisation, it is the Scottish Women's Convention's position that prostitution is a form of violence against women and is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality with women being subjected to exploitation on a daily basis.
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