Scotland’s Women Stand - At the Scottish Parliament


Women of Scotland- join us on Saturday 7th September to explore your political path.

On Saturday 7th September we’re gathering 400 women for a dynamic day at the Scottish Parliament, to explore their paths to elected office and participation in democracy. 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 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. This uniquely focussed, participative and informative day-long programme will catalyse a new movement of women raising up their voices and create a network of supportive peers.

We want you to be a part of that network.


The Scotland’s Women Stand event is fully committed to inclusivity and accessibility - this event is free to attend and assistance towards travel is available. While the event’s spaces are all currently filled, please do feel free to join the waitlist here.


About the Event

Linda Fabiani, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, will welcome you to the iconic debating chamber - to hear inspiring women share their stories of activism, campaigning and election, followed by a panel of elected women in conversation about their experiences of differing spheres of politics.

The morning will host a unique all-women line-up of speakers sharing their experiences of politics in Scotland and the unique rewards and challenges they've met, with party politics left at the door for the day. The morning's keynote speaker is equality campaigner and powerhouse Talat Yaqoob, founder and director of Women 50:50, Scotland's campaign for 50% representation of women in Parliament. We'll also be joined for a keynote speech by Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities.

Lunch and networking in the Garden Lobby will follow, providing opportunities to connect with organisations who share the mission of women's empowerment in politics in Scotland and offer support to your path to politics.

The afternoon will have a menu of workshops which will offer you opportunities to more deeply explore what's involved in running for elected office or getting involved in democracy in other ways. You will be contacted by email about selecting your workshop sessions in advance of the event. Workshops will cover a diverse range of topics and are tailored to the unique perspective of women. There will be unique artistic performances that celebrate women's involvement in political life throughout the day.

"For Scotland to make progress in the gender equality of political representation, your voice is needed, your participation is vital.”

“This uniquely focussed, participative and informative day-long programme will catalyse a new movement of women raising up their voices and create a network of supportive peers. We want you to be a part of that network."

Scotland's Women Stand is a unique event by The Parliament Project and YWCA Scotland- The Young Women's Movement. This unique and historic gathering is supported by the Scottish Parliament with funding support by the Scottish Government. 

COSLADeaf Action, Media EducationInclusion ScotlandWomen 50:50, Amina The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, Engender, Independent Network, Active Inquiry, Cecara, Maryhill Integration Network, Scottish Youth Parliament, Ethical Standards Commissioner, Glitch & Learning Disability Alliance Scotland will all be participating on the day.

The Scottish Parliament is an accessible venue, comprehensive information for visitors and assistance is available. You can find out more and contact The Scottish Parliament about accessibility here: (opens in a new window).

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Information for OrganisationS

Are you an organisation that works with women who you’d like to facilitate to be able to take part in this event? Read our information for organisations and get in touch with to get involved.