Women already taking an active part in public life in Argyll and Bute. Picture by Bill Heaney
By Aileen MacLennan
Argyll and Bute Council is opening up an opportunity for local women to join in a national initiative aimed at encouraging more women to stand for election and get involved in all levels of democracy.
On Saturday 24 June, the council is hosting a local hub session as part of the national Scotland’s Women GatHER event. The project, a partnership between the Scottish Parliament and Elect Her, aims to encourage women of all ages, backgrounds and political affiliations (or none) to stand for election and become active in democracy at all levels, as part of the drive towards equal gender representation in politics.
The local session will include a livestream to the national event in the Scottish Parliament, along with discussions/workshops for those attending locally. There will be opportunities to speak to women who have experience of standing for election and political life in general, and to explore ways to get more involved.
The local Scotland’s Women GatHER hub session takes place in the Council Chamber, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, from 9.30am until around 3pm on Saturday 24 June. Lunch and refreshments will provided through the day. Attendance is free but you need to sign up online first at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/argyll-and-butes-women-gather-2023-tickets-646932341047?aff=odcleoeventsincollection
Registration is being managed by national organisers, who are also providing an online programme for anyone unable to attend – you can find more details at the registration link above.
If you can’t attend yourself but know of others who may be interested, please do share the registration link and event details with them.
You can find more information at Scotland’s Women Gather | Scottish Parliament Website and also from Elect-Her at Scotland’s Women Gather — Elect Her (elect-her.org.uk) – and there will be resources and opportunities to connect available after the event itself.