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Copenhagen blog – Africa walks out

(posted to blog at 7pm)

Blame the computers. That’s why it is taking so long to get into the conference centre. Graeme Cook stood in line all day, and was near the front when they closed the desk. But while thousands were queuing to get in, the African Countries that were round the table walked out!

The ‘rich’ countries need to do better. If the poorer countries of the world get nothing from this Summit then we are wasting precious time. Time that we can’t afford to waste. Hopefully, their issues can be addressed and they will return to the table.

At the Scotland Day, there were lots of men in grey suits talking about Climate Change and the Scotland Act, followed by the business perspective, and then in relation to human rights. There was a speech from Mary Robinson at the start of the Human Rights session. She spoke about women in poor countries and the effect of climate change on them and their families.

I could sit on my hands no longer and asked her a question about womens representation and the lack of women on the panel all day. She spoke of grassroots women working to ensure there was reference to women in climate change reports. There had been some success, but she regretted that there was no mention of gender in the report leading up to COP 15.

Climate Change action needs to work alongside action on gender, international development, human rights and other issues. Clearly activists will still find plenty to campaign on, whatever is agreed here     🙂

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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