Scotland’s Women Stand is a movement to support and empower women of Scotland to stand for political office.

Through a combination of information and inspiring events, we will bring together a cohort of women and equip them with the knowledge they need to take their next steps in politics.

Whether it’s standing for office as an MP, or registering to vote, we want to motivate women to get involved and see their voice as an essential part of political life in Scotland.

We hope to support women to take their next steps, through information, motivation and inspiration.

Scotland’s Women Stand is run by The Parliament Project and YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement.

Scottish Minister of Older People & Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP, offers messages of support for the #ScotWomenStand campaign, and to all women of Scotland in our journeys to election.

Councillor Alison Evison, President of CoSLA, offers messages of support for the #ScotWomenStand campaign, and to all women of Scotland in our journeys to election.

Scotland Womens Stand Regional Hubs

Not every women in Scotland can easily attend an event in Edinburgh. We want this day to be something that women from across the country can participate in and so we have created the Scotland Women’s Stand Regional Hub events we you can participate in this day closer to home.

In collaboration with four Local Authorities, women in Shetland, Argyll, Aberdeenshire and the Western Isles will be able to attend a free, Scotland Women Stand event where they can:

Deputy Presiding Officer, Linda Fabiani MSP, who will chair the Parliament event said:

“Having women in elected politics at all levels matters. The Parliament recognises this, and we are delighted to welcome Scotland Women Stand into our Chamber. We are also very pleased that we can engage with women at these hubs. I recognise that standing can be a daunting prospect, so I hope is that this event will encourage women, and demystify politics. It would be a very positive outcome of our 20th anniversary year if female political representation has improved by our next milestone birthday.
  • watch the Parliament Chamber event streamed live,

  • interact with the panel by posing questions,

  • enjoy lunch with other women and

  • attend a Parliament Project ‘Exploring Your Political Pathway’ workshop.

This workshop will help you get clarity on your route into politics and commit to your first steps. Helping you turn a thought about politics into action.

The four locations supporting Councils are:

  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar: Workshop locations Stornoway and Uist

  • Shetland: workshop location Lerwick

  • Argyll and Bute: workshop location Lochgilphead

  • Aberdeenshire: workshop location Aberdeen

We invite women of all ages, backgrounds and political affiliations, to a day full of inspiration, information and motivation, to explore their political purpose and path, and be a part of positive change towards the goal of gender equal political representation. Join us at a Regional Hub for the day and experience the journeys of other women to politics, find support and information, and connect with a community of women who want to get involved in making politics equal.

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“When women come together with a shared purpose, things happen.”

Parliament Project Founder Lee Chalmers introduces the next phase of the Scotland’s Women Stand movement, and the power of women coming together to inspire and energise one another.

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A partnership with a united vision.

With a shared commitment to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office, The Parliament Project and YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement are working in partnership to support more women into leadership through their unique and hands-on approach to working directly with women.