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These activities tend to focus on a particular policy area – employment, health, education etc. Speakers are invited to address the audience with women being given an opportunity to ask questions and speak about their own experiences of the subject being discussed.

Following each discussion a report is produced. This document, which uses direct quotes from the women attending, is sent to politicians as well as those with responsibility for the key policy areas discussed. Copies are also sent to those who attended the event. Feedback records the sense of empowerment felt by women and their call for change in local and national decisions which affect women’s daily lives.

Registration

The Conference programme for 2016 is currently being prepared. Watch out for details of how to register to attend an event near you.

Reports

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Brexit Conference Report

Women from throughout Scotland gathered to discuss issues around the implication of Brexit on them, their families and communities as a whole. The SWC organised this event following discussions from women throughout the country, who have expressed concerns about Scotland’s place in the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU and the knock-on effect this decision will have.

The event, held at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow, on Saturday 28th January was chaired by Agnes Tolmie, SWC Chair. Speakers were Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Amy Haughton from Thompson’s Solicitors, Angela Crawley MP and Kathleen Walker Shaw from the GMB. Following their presentations, delegates took part in a question and answer session as well as roundtable discussions on key issues.

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Social Security Conference Report

As part of the Scottish Government’s consultation ‘A New future for Social Security in Scotland’, the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has engaged with women, discussing issues around social security which are important to them, their families and communities as a whole. An online survey was undertaken, asking women’s opinions on the broad themes of the proposals contained within the consultation. Individual roundtable discussions were held in and around Glasgow with women of different ages and from different backgrounds, all of whom had experience of accessing social security support under the present UK system.

This event, which was held at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow on Saturday 29th October, was organised to encourage further discussion on more specific issues, concerns and ideas for change. Invited speakers provided attendees with wide and varied experiences of social security. Women were then given the opportunity to ask questions. After lunch, facilitated roundtable discussions allowed issues to be explored further.

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Women for Sale

On Saturday 3rd September 2016 the SWC held referendum conference in Glasgow. Women throughout Scotland came together to debate the topic of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.
The Speakers were, Kat Banyard author of the 'Pimp State', Rhoda Grant MSP, Trish Godman former Deputy Presiding Officer and Linda Thompson from the Women's Support Project.

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Images of Violence Against Women in the Media

The Scottish Women's Convention has launched our booklet - A Guide on Images of Violence Against Women in the Media. This booklet aims to show how highly sexualised everyday adverts and newspaper articles are. Some of it may shock.

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28th May 2016 - EU Referendum Conference

On Saturday 28th May the SWC held referendum conference in Glasgow. Women throughout Scotland came together to debate key issues. The speakers were Kathleen Walker Shaw (GMB Brussels), Emily Beever (Stronger In), Zoe Streatfield (Scottish Left Leave) and Sarah Devenney (Vote Leave).

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April 9 2016: Hustings event

On Saturday 9th April 2016, the SWC held a hustings event to discuss issues around the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections. Due to the success of the event in February 2016, women asked the SWC to facilitate a further event to accommodate those who were unable to attend the first event. The format was very similar, with political party representatives discussing manifesto commitments which would impact on women. Delegates enjoyed the opportunity to directly question candidates and have their views and opinions listened to.

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February 6 2016: Hustings event

On Saturday 6th February, the SWC held a hustings event to discuss issues around the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections. Representatives of the political parties in Scotland were invited to speak about their priorities for women around the vote in May. Delegates were then invited to ask questions important to them in making an informed choice for their communities.

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17 October 2015: Young Women Conference

Young women are under enormous pressure to confirm to stereotypical views of how they should look and act in community, social and economic arenas. This event explored how these pressures impact on them.

Topics also under discussion included employment, women’s representation and the media.

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5 September 2015: Employability Support and Social Security survey results

Further powers to be devolved to Scotland include employability support and some aspects of social security.

In order to gauge the views and opinions of women on these key policy areas, the SWC undertook an online survey.

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5 September 2015: Employability Support and Social Security Conference

SWC organised a Conference, focusing on the current systems for administering employability support and social security. Women discussed their experiences and what needs to change (or stay the same) to make the systems work for women in Scotland.

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18 July 2015: Older Women Conference

Older women contribute so much to the social and economic prosperity of Scotland. They are, however, often forgotten when it comes to key policy decisions particularly around employment, health and caring.

This Conference explored the work undertaken by women, the impacts on the health and their caring responsibilities in later life. It also looked women’s perceptions of themselves and of others.

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18 July 2015: Older Women Roundtable

Older women contribute so much to the social and economic prosperity of Scotland. They are, however, often forgotten when it comes to key policy decisions particularly around employment, health and caring.

As an introduction, and to gather basic information, the SWC facilitated a roundtable discussion with women invited to give their experience of older women in employment.

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10 April 2015: UK General Election Hustings Event

This event provided women with a safe, secure and, friendly space to discuss matters which are important to them.

The representatives were invited to speak about what their political party proposed to do to support women. What were their key priorities for the people who make the key decisions in the household and the community? Women were then invited to ask questions of the candidates to ensure that they had the information needed to make an informed choice when voting.

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7 February 2015: 50/50 Conference

The 50/50 campaign for equal representation was one of the key features of the devolution campaign in Scotland. The commitment of women from across all aspects of civic life - trade unionists, churches, women’s organisations and individuals - led to the election of 37% of women as MSPs in the first Scottish Parliament in 1999. Since then, representation has fallen to 33%, and is even less in Local Authorities and for Scottish MPs in the UK Parliament.

This Conference explored the history of the 50/50 campaign – from its early roots in the 1980s to the present day campaign. Over 100 women listened to hear speakers and contributed with their experiences.

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8 January 2015: Equal Pay Consultation

The UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) asked the SWC to host a consultation event to discuss equal pay in Scotland. This was part of the GEO’s Engagement with Women project and similar events (on different discussion topics) were held throughout the UK.

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Brexit Conference ReportBrexit Conference Report Women from throughout Scotland gathered to discuss issues around the implication of Brexit on them, their families and communities as a whole.

Images of Violence Against Women in the MediaImages of Violence Against Women in the Media The Scottish Women's Convention has launched our booklet - A Guide on Images of Violence Against Women in the Media.

Social Security Conference ReportSocial Security Conference Report As part of the Scottish Government’s consultation ‘A New future for Social Security in Scotland’, the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has engaged with women, discussing issues around social security which are important to them, their families and communities as a whole.

Souvenir Brochure 2016Souvenir Brochure 2016

SWC EU Referendum EventSWC EU Referendum Event The report from the SWC EU Referendum Event, held in the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow on Saturday 28th May 2016.

Women for SaleWomen for Sale On Saturday 3rd September 2016 the SWC held referendum conference in Glasgow.

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