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International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, the Scottish Parliament debated a motion tabled by Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie. Cathy emphasised the need for central and local government and the private sector to take full account of gender issues.

Opening the debate, Cathy thanked the many MSPs who had signed her motion. Noting the many events organised throughout the world, Cathy spoke of advances that had been made and highlighted what still needs done to advance the social, political and economic equality of women.

“Many aspects of women’s rights, representation and welfare still need to be addressed through a gendered policy approach. The issues include the gender pay gap, under-representation of women in senior positions in the public and private sectors and as elected representatives, and the provision of violence against women support services.

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More Women, More Power!

Signing the More Women More Power pledge

Signing the More Women More Power pledge

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie joined her colleagues Trish Godman and Johann Lamont to show support for women’s political inclusion in both the UK and across the globe by signing One World Action’s More Women More Power postcard campaign. The campaign is advocating that women should hold at least 50 per cent of elected positions in the UK and worldwide.

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MSPs reported missing

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has tabled a motion calling on the Scottish Parliament to address the issue of 21 missing women MSPs.

Cathy explained that “this year’s Equality and Human Rights Commission report looks at the underrepresentation of women amongst senior public sector posts.

“There are very few senior women police officers or judges. Less than one in seven Scottish MPs are women. The Scottish Parliament does slightly better, but even here, numbers fell at the last election. Labour has 50% women MSPs – but other parties remain male dominated, with the SNP and Tories both less than 30% and the Liberals only 12.5%. Add to that, two Green men and Margo Macdonald, and the total is 45 women, less than 35% of the 129 MSPs..

“The report looks at how many women are missing – that is, how many more would have positions if there were equality. So for example, there are 130 women missing from public appointments, and 85 missing women headteachers in secondary schools. In parliament, we are missing 10 SNP, 6 Liberal Democrats, 4 Conservatives, and a Green – 21 women MSPs.

“This year is the 90th anniversary of women getting the vote, and eighty years since full equality in voting was achieved, but we are still far from equal in the political process.

“I believe that politicians have a duty to address the underrepresentation of women, not least in their own parties. I hope MSPs – men and women – will sign this motion and that we can get a debate in parliament, but it must not end there. We need to be proactive in making sure women are fairly represented and given truly equal opportunities in their careers.”

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