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.
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.
In this section
28th May 2016 - EU Referendum Conference On Saturday 28th May the SWC held referendum conference in Glasgow.
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.
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.
Sexual Harassment Conference Report The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) held an event at the Hilton Grosvenor on Saturday, 20th January focussing specifically on the subject of sexual harassment.
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.
SWC 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 Sale On Saturday 3rd September 2016 the SWC held referendum conference in Glasgow.
Young Women's Conference Report What is it like to be a young woman in Scotland today? What are the pressures, hopes and fears of growing up with low pay, poor employment practices, social media and changing political priorities? This report covers the full event from speakers to roundtables.