Roadshows & Roundtables
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 email@example.com.
2023 Roadshows & Roundtables
Pension Review Report - August 2023
To understand how women felt about the changes to pension ages, we organised an online roundtable in August 2023. This event was attended by a range of women with a wealth of experience surrounding the UK social security system. Multiple key topics were highlighted, as shown below, alongside potential solutions.
A Blether on... Breastfeeding - August 2023
Campbeltown Roadshow - July 2023
From the 3rd to the 7th of July 2023 the SWC team travelled to Campbeltown, meeting women from the town and the wider Kintyre region. The purpose of our visit was to understand the issues that these women face, with key themes arising throughout our conversations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the women who joined us in Campbeltown to give their lived experience. Our work would be impossible without the continued support of women, and we are forever impressed by the strong roles women carry out across rural communities in Scotland
A Blether on ... Widowhood - June 2023
To mark International Widows Day 2023, we invited women to an online discussion to share their experiences of widowhood, and how widows can be better supported by the Scottish and UK Governments. International Widows Day was originally established to highlight the poverty and discrimination that widows face across the world, and through our discussions we can confirm that widows do experience intersecting levels of disadvantage as a result of personal tragedy.
2022 Roadshows & Roundtables
Caithness & Sutherland Online Roadshow - December 2022
On the 6th of December 2022 we, at the SWC, carried out an online roadshow with the women of Caithness and the surrounding area, to discuss pertinent issues. The women we spoke with stated, that their key concern was the poor healthcare provision they were receiving, which had been initiated by the rise in centralisation seen across rural areas in Scotland.
A Blether on ... Menopause - October 2022
The 18th of October 2022 was International Menopause Awareness Day, and as such we elected to host an informal discussion with women about their experiences of the menopause. Women were given the opportunity to engage in an open discussion about issues that surround menopause, including medical treatment and social attitudes.
Isle of Barra - August
From 27th August 2022 to 2nd September 2022 we, at the SWC, carried out a roadshow on the islands of Barra to find out what issues were important to local women. It was quickly apparent to us that the women on the island were incredibly resilient and community focused – yet had to deal with some monumental challenges, made significantly worse by poor service-provision. They highlighted that there are major issues with health and social care, as well as poor communication from the local council and increasing worry around the rising cost of living.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the women of Barra who came and spoke to us, as well as the employees of the Bùth Bharraigh and the Gàradh a’ Bhàgh a’ Tuath. You made our trip truly special, and it was wonderful to see such strong women of all ages holding up a community.
The Scottish Women’s Convention commissioned a project in February 2022 to better understand women’s lived experiences of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in this context. This consisted of in-person and online roundtable events in Coatbridge, Ayr and East Kilbride along with a online survey, and a conference to encourage a broad range of women to be able to participate. The women who contributed represented a range of services supporting women and girls, as well as many survivors themselves.
It is hoped that the findings of this project can be used to inform decision-making at all levels of government to move us closer to a society that is truly safe for women and girls. Thanks to all those that contributed and attend these events.
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.
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;
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;
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;
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Ballater Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater, on Thursday 28th August 2016.
Benbecula Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula, on Saturday 1st August 2015.
Dingwall Report The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, on Tuesday 26th August.
Falkirk Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited Callendar House, Falkirk on Thursday 21st May 2015.
Greenock Roadshow Report The SWC went to Greenock to talk to local women.
Hamilton Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Town House, Hamilton on Thursday 1st October 2015.
Nairn Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Nairn Community and Arts Centre on Tuesday 18th August 2015.
Stornoway Roadshow Report The SWC visited Stornoway Town Hall, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis on Tuesday 23rd August 2016.
Ullapool Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, on Thursday 20th August 2015.