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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 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 report is then distributed to local decision makers as well as the women who attended, empowering them to challenge local inequalities. The SWC visits areas the length and breadth of Scotland including many rural locations and at least one Scottish island per year.

Conferences

Conferences 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. A report is produced from each event and distributed to key decision makers.

Roundtables

Roundtables allow the SWC to network with a small group of women 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

International Women’s Day (IWD)

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 over 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 at a Scotland and UK level to ensure that the voices of women in Scotland 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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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) 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.

Souvenir Brochure 2017Souvenir Brochure 2017

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 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 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.

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

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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