The SWC are undertaking a programme of work on women’s health over the coming months. We want to build a comprehensive overview of women’s health in Scotland, including a range of issues such as breast screening, cancer detection, treatment and support; cervical screening, cancer detection, treatment and support; transvaginal mesh implants, thyroid problems and mental health, as well as any other pressing areas of concern raised by women.
We are carrying out online consultation, as well as holding roundtable events and a conference, in order to gather as much information as possible about key issues for women around their health.
Agnes Tolmie, Chair of the Scottish Women's Convention has released the following statement around the sexual harrassment claims coming to light around #Metoo.
The recent publicity around the sexual harassment and assault of women within the workplace is welcomed but, unfortunately, not surprising. This is an issue that has too often been neglected and transcends workplace environments at all levels. Women already face numerous barriers to employment without the added ordeal of this issue.
These reports are shining a glimmer of light onto such a pressing problem, but sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg detailing what so many women have been subjected to within what should be a safe space. Vicious inequality within society has prevented a vast number of women from speaking out about their experiences for a number of reasons including fear of being disbelieved or being held back in their careers. In light of the recent media reports, The Scottish Women’s Convention are currently in discussions to bring women together early in the New Year for a conference to discuss these issues.
On Scotland's first 'Women and Girls in Sport Week the SWC asked two inspirational young women in sport to write blogs on their experiences.
The second blog was written by Gemma Lumsdaine, Gemma is a member of the U23 Wheelchair Basketball Scotland Squad. Sport changed Gemma's life for the better, her blog will be available on Friday 6th October.
The SWC asked Lynn Williams an unpaid carer to write a blog about the impact 'The Carers Scotland Bill 2016' will have on carers in Scotland. You can read Lynn's Blog here.
The SWC Development Manager Evelyn Fraser was asked to write a blog for NUJ Scotland on 'Local newspapers can be a lifeline for women' in Scotland. To access Evelyn's blog you can read it on the NUJ Scotland Website.