Your Day at the Scottish Parliament


We’re thrilled to share our jam-packed programme for 7th September, combining sessions for all 400 participants with breakout workshops where women can choose sessions that are best suited to them. Read on to learn more about this incredible day, and - for participants - inform your decisions as to which workshops you’d most like to attend.


9AM - 9:40AM: Arrival, Registration, Tea & Coffee in the Garden Lobby

10AM - 12PM: Scotland’s Women Stand in the Debating Chamber
Linda Fabiani, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, will welcome you to the iconic debating chamber. 

The morning will host an all-women line-up of speakers sharing their experiences of politics in Scotland and the unique rewards and challenges they've encountered, with party politics left at the door for the day. The morning's keynote speakers are Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities and equality campaigner and powerhouse Talat Yaqoob, founder and director of Women 50:50, Scotland's campaign for 50% representation of women in Parliament.

We will then hear from Caitie Dundas MSYP, Community Councillor Kay Marie Hughes, Local Councillor Alison Evison, and Alison Johnstone MSP, who will share their stories of activism, campaigning, and election, with opportunities for questions from the audience in the chamber and in the regional hubs.

12PM - 1:30PM: Lunch
A light lunch will be served in the Garden Lobby, accompanied by a performance from Shakti Women’s Aid and Active Inquiry. This is also a further opportunity to meet and network with organisations sharing the mission of women's empowerment in politics in Scotland.

1:30PM - 2:30PM: Workshops Round 1
Click here for the full list of workshops on offer for this session.


2:30PM - 3:30PM: Workshops Round 2
Click here for the full list of workshops on offer for this session.

3:30PM - 4:30PM: Closing Session
Afternoon refreshments in the Garden Lobby, joined by poets, singers and politicians to celebrate the day and ambition for gender-balanced politics in Scotland.

In addition, don’t forget to pop in to the garden lobby throughout the day, where groups including COSLA, Inclusion Scotland, Parliament Project, Young Women Lead, Scottish Youth Parliament, Engender, Independent Network, and Scottish Parliament will be set up to chat with and answer questions from participants.