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What we do

The Scottish Women’s Convention undertakes a number of activities throughout the year, engaging with women on a local and national level.

It is important that women’s voices are heard as part of the decision making process. The SWC therefore provides an effective mechanism for women to engage with politicians and key influencers.

Roadshows

These local activities allow the SWC to network with local women and organisations to discuss their priorities. 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). The SWC visits areas the length and breadth of Scotland including many rural locations and at least one Scottish island per year.

Conferences

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.

Roundtables

Roundtables allow the SWC to network with a small group of local women or from an organisation to discuss their priorities. 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). If you have a group of women with issues they want to discuss please contact info@scottishwomensconvention.org and we can arrange a roundtable discussion with you.

International Women’s Day

A special day in the SWC calendar. On the Saturday nearest to 8th March (IWD) the SWC organises an event, bringing together women from throughout Scotland to celebrate IWD. For the past 10 years, this has been held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament.

Consultation responses

The SWC uses the voices of these women to respond to Scottish and UK Government consultations. This means that those that the SWC consults with in communities throughout Scotland can have a voice in how policy impacts on their lives.

Briefing papers

Using the information distributed by policy makers, the SWC produces easy-to-read, straightforward papers on the key issues being published.

International

There are a number of UN Conventions which the UK Government has signed up to and which impact on women in Scotland. The SWC works on a Scotland and UK level to ensure that the voices of those consulted with are heard by UK Government officials.

Annual reports

The SWC annual report is published on a calendar year basis. It gives details of the main activities undertaken by the organisation during that period.

Archive

Reports of activities from the previous three years can be found in this section. If you require information from earlier years, please contact us.

Related publications

2016 annual report2016 annual report

28th May 2016 - EU Referendum Conference28th May 2016 - EU Referendum Conference On Saturday 28th May the SWC held referendum conference in Glasgow.

A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in ScotlandA Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland The Scottish Government’s aim is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and to give all of our children the best possible start in life.

A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse, April 2016A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse, April 2016 "The Scottish Government have been engaging with stakeholders to develop a specific offence of domestic abuse which is intended to improve how Scotland’s justice system responds to this kind of offending.

A Nation with Ambition, Programme for Government 2017-18A Nation with Ambition, Programme for Government 2017-18 This Programme for Government is the Scottish Governments plan to shape the kind of Scotland they seek – an inclusive, fair, prosperous, innovative country, ready and willing to embrace the future.

A New Future for Social Security in Scotland, March 2016A New Future for Social Security in Scotland, March 2016

Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill, April 2016Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill, April 2016

Advertising Standards Agency call for Evidence on Gender Stereotyping in Advertising June 2016Advertising Standards Agency call for Evidence on Gender Stereotyping in Advertising June 2016

Analysis of Written Responses to the Consultation on Social Security in ScotlandAnalysis of Written Responses to the Consultation on Social Security in Scotland The Scottish Government consultation on ‘A New Future for Social Security in Scotland’ marked another important step in the Scottish Government’s journey towards delivering a uniquely Scottish social security system.

Ballater RoadshowBallater Roadshow The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater, on Thursday 28th August 2016.

Bathgate Roadshow ReportBathgate Roadshow Report

Bathgate Roadshow ReportBathgate Roadshow Report

Bellshill Roundtable ReportBellshill Roundtable Report The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) visited the Orbiston Business Centre in Bellshill on Thursday 9th February.

Best Start Maternity GrantBest Start Maternity Grant The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland” was published following the review of maternity and neonatal services.

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.

Budget 2017Budget 2017 The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has consulted with women throughout Scotland using a variety of communication channels including roadshows and thematic events, surveys, localised round table discussions and conferences.

CAP and BCAP Regulatory Statement on the Sexual Portrayal of Under-18s in AdvertisingCAP and BCAP Regulatory Statement on the Sexual Portrayal of Under-18s in Advertising ollowing public consultation, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), author of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct & Promotional Marketing (the CAP Code), and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP), author of the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (the BCAP Code), are introducing new rules prohibiting the sexual portrayal or sexual representation of under-18s (or those who appear to be under 18) in advertising.

CAP and BCAP Regulatory Statement on the Sexual Portrayal of Under-18s in AdvertisingCAP and BCAP Regulatory Statement on the Sexual Portrayal of Under-18s in Advertising This consultation outlines proposals to introduce new rules prohibiting the sexual portrayal or sexual representation of under-18s (or those who appear to be under 18) in advertising.

Carers Allowance June 2016Carers Allowance June 2016

Child Poverty in Scotland - what we know and what the public’s views areChild Poverty in Scotland - what we know and what the public’s views are

Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) BillChildren (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill John Finnie, MSP, has launched a consultation relating to a draft proposal lodged at the first stage in the process of introducing a Member’s Bill into the Scottish Parliament.

Commission on Parliamentary ReformCommission on Parliamentary Reform The Commission on Parliamentary Reform was launched by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament on 26 October 2016.

Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of ResponsesConsultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses The Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced the Scottish Social Housing Charter.

Creating a Fairer Scotland – What Matters To You: Summary of Discussions So Far, March 2016Creating a Fairer Scotland – What Matters To You: Summary of Discussions So Far, March 2016

Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support; Analysis of Consultation Responses, January 2016Creating a Fairer Scotland: Employability Support; Analysis of Consultation Responses, January 2016

CSW Report 2015CSW Report 2015 Over the past few years, the SWC has sent a delegation to CSW to ensure that the issues raised by women in Scotland around the priority theme are taken to this international arena.

CSW Report 2016CSW Report 2016

CSW61 Report 2017 examining Women's Employment in ScotlandCSW61 Report 2017 examining Women's Employment in Scotland The SWC has used information and quotes gathered at ‘roadshows’ and conferences for this report.

Dingwall ReportDingwall Report The Scottish Women’s Convention visited the Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, on Tuesday 26th August.

Domestic Abuse BillDomestic Abuse Bill The SWC welcomes and fully supports the introduction of this Bill.

Draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) BillDraft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

Early Learning and Childcare – 1140 Hours Expansion – Programme of Trials – Discussion Paper, April 2016Early Learning and Childcare – 1140 Hours Expansion – Programme of Trials – Discussion Paper, April 2016 "The Scottish Government’s aim is to develop high quality, flexible early learning and childcare (ELC) which is affordable and accessible for all.

Equally Safe – Scotland’s strategy for eradicating violence against women and girlsEqually Safe – Scotland’s strategy for eradicating violence against women and girls In 2016, the Scottish Government (SG) published a revised version of “Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy to Eradicate Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).

European and External Relations Committee – Call for Evidence - Scotland’s Relationship with the EUEuropean and External Relations Committee – Call for Evidence - Scotland’s Relationship with the EU "The European and External Relations Committee is conducting an inquiry into the implications for Scotland’s relationship with the EU after the referendum result.

Evidence on Prostitution in ScotlandEvidence on Prostitution in Scotland The Scottish Government is seeking comments concerning potential policy implications arising from research put forth in the report, “Exploring Available Knowledge and Evidence on Prostitution in Scotland via Practitioner-Based Interviews”.

Free Personal Care for Under 65Free Personal Care for Under 65 Within Scotland, the current procedure and criteria for free personal care stipulates an age limit of 65 and above or, alternatively, if the individual is in the last six months of a terminal illness.

Gender Representation on Public BoardsGender Representation on Public Boards This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill.

Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) BillGender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP in June 2017.

General Election 2017 - Priorities for WomenGeneral Election 2017 - Priorities for Women On the 18th April, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a 'snap' general election will be held on Thursday 8th June this year.

Good College Governance Consultation ResponseGood College Governance Consultation Response The Good College Governance Task Group made a series of recommendations to improve the governance arrangements in Scotland's Colleges.

Govan Roundtable ReportGovan Roundtable Report The Scottish Women's Convention (SWC) visited the Pearce Institute in Govan to discuss topics including Brexit, Social Security, Healthcare and Transport with local women.

Greenock Roadshow ReportGreenock Roadshow Report The SWC went to Greenock to talk to local women.

Human Trafficking and Exploitation StrategyHuman Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy In October 2015 the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015, the first dedicated Scottish legislation on this issue.

Impact of UK Welfare Reforms in ScotlandImpact of UK Welfare Reforms in Scotland Since 2010, successive UK Governments have introduced a raft of welfare changes in pursuit of their austerity approach to deficit reduction.

Inquiry into NHS Clinical GovernanceInquiry into NHS Clinical Governance As part of the inquiry into the culture of the NHS, the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has decided to look at clinical governance within healthcare.

InternationalInternational

Intimidation Experienced by Parliamentary CandidatesIntimidation Experienced by Parliamentary Candidates The purpose of the review is to examine the nature of the problem of intimidation and consider whether current measures are satisfactory to address such behaviour, especially given the rise of social media and how enforceable these measures are.

Lord Bracadale Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in ScotlandLord Bracadale Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland Lord Bracadale has been appointed by the Scottish Ministers to undertake an independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

Low Pay Commission 2017 ReportLow Pay Commission 2017 Report

Low Pay Commission ResponseLow Pay Commission Response “The Low Pay Commission has been asked to recommend to the UK Government of the UK’s minimum wage rates to apply from April 2017-2018.

Mental Health in Scotland - a 10-year vision: analysis of responses to the public engagement exerciseMental Health in Scotland - a 10-year vision: analysis of responses to the public engagement exercise This summary presents the key messages from the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s engagement exercise about a new Mental Health Strategy for Scotland.

National Minimum Wage - Low Pay CommissionNational Minimum Wage - Low Pay Commission

Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) BillOffensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 21 June 2017 by James Kelly, MSP.

Parliamentary Reform ReportParliamentary Reform Report The Commission on Parliamentary Reform was launched by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament on 26 October 2016.

Police 2026Police 2026 The SWC has replied to Police Scotland and the SPA’s request for comment on drafting a strategy concerning significant changing in policing over the next ten years in Scotland.

Policing 2026 StrategyPolicing 2026 Strategy Policing in Scotland has a long and successful record of adapting to the changing demands and needs of people and communities.

Policing 2026 StrategyPolicing 2026 Strategy Policing in Scotland has a long and successful record of adapting to the changing demands and needs of people and communities.

Portree Roadshow ReportPortree Roadshow Report T

Rail Infrastructure Strategy Scotland’s railways are a national asset.

Rail Infrastructure StrategyRail Infrastructure Strategy Scotland’s railways are a national asset.

Response to the Equality Statement of the Scottish Draft Budget 2016 - 2017Response to the Equality Statement of the Scottish Draft Budget 2016 - 2017 "The SWC welcomes the Equality Statement which accompanies the 2015-16 Draft Budget.

Response to the Low Pay Commission ConsultationResponse to the Low Pay Commission Consultation The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is the independent body that monitors the impact of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter – A ConsultationReview of the Scottish Social Housing Charter – A Consultation "Following this consultation, the Scottish Government will develop an updated version of the Charter and ask the Scottish Parliament to consider the changes and approve a new Charter from 1st April 2017.

Scotland’s Health Conversation, January 2016Scotland’s Health Conversation, January 2016 "There are a number of health inequalities in Scotland, with women in deprived inner city areas living much shorter lives than their peers in less populated, less deprived parts of the country.

Sexual Portrayal or sexual representation of under 18sSexual Portrayal or sexual representation of under 18s Following public consultation, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), author of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct & Promotional Marketing (the CAP Code), and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP), author of the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (the BCAP Code), are introducing new rules prohibiting the sexual portrayal or sexual representation of under-18s (or those who appear to be under 18) in advertising.

Social Security (Scotland) BillSocial Security (Scotland) Bill Historic legislation to establish Scotland’s first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Social Security (Scotland) BillSocial Security (Scotland) Bill The Social Security (Scotland) Bill was introduced in June, 2017.

Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Explanatory NotesSocial Security (Scotland) Bill - Explanatory Notes Explanatory Notes for the first Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

Social Security (Scotland) Bill Briefing PaperSocial Security (Scotland) Bill Briefing Paper The Social Security (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation.

Social Security ConsultationSocial Security Consultation The SWC’s response to ‘A New Future for Social Security: Consultation on Social Security in Scotland’ has been informed by the voices of women from a range of backgrounds, geographical areas and of all ages throughout the country.

State Opening of Parliament Souvenir BrochureState Opening of Parliament Souvenir Brochure ‘The SWC were delighted to be invited by the Scottish Parliament to participate in the State Opening of Parliament on Saturday 2 July 2016.

SWC CSW61 Report 2017SWC CSW61 Report 2017 Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work Over the past few years, the SWC has sent a delegation to CSW to ensure that the issues raised by women in Scotland around the priority theme are taken to this international arena.

Tackling Prejudice and Building Connected CommunitiesTackling Prejudice and Building Connected Communities

Taylor Review on Modern Working PracticesTaylor Review on Modern Working Practices

Thank you letter from Jeane Freeman MSPThank you letter from Jeane Freeman MSP Jeane Freeman wrote to the SWC to thank the organisation for its support in achieving the target number of people for the Social Security Experience Panels.

Thank you letter from Jeane Freeman MSP - 23rd JuneThank you letter from Jeane Freeman MSP - 23rd June Jeane Freeman thanks all organisations and members of the public involved in the Social Security Consultation Process and getting the Social Security Bill to Parliament.

The Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in ScotlandThe Best Start: A Five Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland A Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services in Scotland was announced on 25th February 2015.

The Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice's Consultation on the Sexual Portrayal of under-18's in AdvertisingThe Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice's Consultation on the Sexual Portrayal of under-18's in Advertising This consultation outlines proposals to introduce new rules prohibiting the sexual portrayal or sexual representation of under-18s (or those who appear to be under 18) in advertising.

The Creation of a Specific Offence of Domestic Abuse - Proposed Associated Reforms to Criminal ProcedureThe Creation of a Specific Offence of Domestic Abuse - Proposed Associated Reforms to Criminal Procedure The purpose of this document is to provide details of a number of reforms proposed to criminal procedure that relate to the creation of a specific offence of domestic abuse.

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee Inquiry on the Gender Pay Gap in ScotlandThe Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee Inquiry on the Gender Pay Gap in Scotland The Committee plans to focus the inquiry on three areas: • Defining the gender pay gap, and looking at how it is measured.

The EU referendum result and it's implications for ScotlandThe EU referendum result and it's implications for Scotland 51.

The Fairer Scotland Action PlanThe Fairer Scotland Action Plan The Scottish Government has this week published its Fairer Scotland Action Plan.

The Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law ReviewThe Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review The SWC has responded to the Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review’s second panel session concerning Brexit and VAWG.

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee: Inquiry into Railway PolicingThe Scottish Parliament Justice Committee: Inquiry into Railway Policing The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is seeking views on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill.

Trafficking and Exploitation StrategyTrafficking and Exploitation Strategy The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2015.

UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee – 1st Report – Pregnancy and Maternity DiscriminationUK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee – 1st Report – Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Shockingly, pregnant women and mothers report more discrimination and poor treatment at work now than they did a decade ago.

Universal Credit June 2016Universal Credit June 2016

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

Young Women's Conference ReportYoung 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.

Young Women's Roundtable ReportYoung Women's Roundtable Report Ahead of the Scottish Women's Convention (SWC) Conference for Young Women in August, the SWC visited a group of young women at Youth Action Project in Livingston.

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