These activities allow the SWC to network with local women and organisations to discuss their priorities.

During preparations for the events, the SWC contacts local voluntary, public and private sectors organisations to highlight the work being undertaken. Networks are developed over a period of time and these are used to disseminate information to local women.

The local press and information boards are also contacted.

The SWC works to ensure that information about the event, as well as the purpose and importance of local women attending, is circulated to as wide a local area as possible.


On the Day

Local women are invited, in facilitated discussions, to discuss local and national issues which are important to their economic and social wellbeing.

Following each event a report is produced, detailing the discussions and using the voices of the women who attended to enhance the information (no name is attributed to any quote used).

This document 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 SWC visits areas the length and breadth of Scotland including many rural locations and at least one Scottish island per year.


Call for Input

If you would like our team to visit your area and host a Roadshow, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

You can contact the office on 0141 339 4797 or email us at info@scottishwomensconvention.org.


2020 Roadshows

The current circumstances during the Coronavirus pandemic have turned our lives upside down. We recognise that each woman will have a unique experience of this time, due to where you live, your type of job, your health, the relationships you have, your family circumstances, and so much more. It is our top priority, here at The SWC, to continue to engage with women across the country, listening to your issues and concerns, and working with decision makers to ensure you are heard.

With all of this in mind, The SWC were delighted to be back on the road again...from the safety of our own homes!

Our Spring Calendar of Digital Roadshows took us to locations across Scotland via video conference calls. Women told us about the initial crisis response in their local community, highlighting strong areas of support as well as groups of women who are possibly 'falling through the cracks.' We then discussed the way forward into our 'new normal', developing an understanding of changes women want to see and their areas of concern.

Many women who could not manage the Zoom meetings have also contributed in writing, which has been incorporated into the reports.

Thank you to all who took part in this series of work! You can read each area's Report as they are published, by clicking the links below.

Edinburgh & Lothians - Tuesday, 5th May

Ayrshire & Arran - Thursday, 7th May

Inverness - Tuesday, 12th May

The Northern Isles - Thursday, 14th May

Dundee & Angus - Tuesday, 19th May

Inverclyde - Thursday, 21st May

Glasgow - Tuesday, 26th May

The Highlands & Western Isles - Thursday 28th May


2019 Roadshows

In 2019, our work took us to even more communities of women throughout Scotland, from some of our most Northern points to rural coastal towns. These events showed how important it is for us to engage with a diverse selection of areas, as women in each place would provide unique and insightful views and opinions that represent their experiences in that location.

You can read more about each by clicking the links below;

Shetland - Friday 17th May

North East Scotland - Tuesday 8th to Friday 12th July

Ardrossan - Friday 23rd August

Govan - Wednesday 28th August

Castlemilk - Friday 6th September

Maryhill - Friday 13th September


2018 Roadshows

In 2018, the SWC visited four locations in Scotland to gather the views of local women. These events were fascinating and a number of important issues were raised in each meeting. There are many common themes throughout the country, as well as issues which are specific to individual regions.

You can find out what is important to women in these areas in the reports below;

Kilmarnock - Wednesday 21st November

Paisley - Tuesday 20th November

Dundee - Wednesday 31st October

Stornoway - Friday 27th July

2017 Roadshows

In 2017, we engaged with many women in areas from Greenock to Govan, and beyond. We heard about issues around pension inequalities, local health services, childcare, transport and more. We were proud to visit the Youth Action Project in Livingston, where we discussed experiences with social media, education and political representation.

Read further in the reports below;

Bellshill - Thursday 9th February

Greenock - Friday 17th February

Bathgate - Friday 26th May

Livingston - Thursday 27th July

Govan - Saturday 16th September

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