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Independent group making space for women's voices to ensure their concerns, hopes & aspirations for an independent Scotland are considered & promoted.
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Our National Council on 2nd October will examine the Scottish Government’s consultation on the delivery of a National Care Service. Women for Independence will be submitting a response to the consultation, based on the thoughts and opinions given at the event.
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Talat Yaqoob, founder of Pass the Mic; Lorna Slater MSP, Green Party and WFI member; Emma Walker, CEO of Change the Chat; Kat Cary of Reclaim the Streets, Edinburgh
Women for Indy was more than delighted to see the recent election of a new Parliament with a record 45% women, including two women of colour - Kaukab Stewart (SNP) and Pam Gosal (Con) - and Pam Duncan-Glancy (Lab), the first permanent wheelchair user elected to the Scottish Parliament. These milestones never happen by accident and it’s worth recalling Margaret Mead’s famous quote: “Never...
After a campaign flattened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Parliament elections served up a Holyrood that feels refreshed if not radically changed. With 45% women, the first permanent wheelchair-using MSP, the first two female MSPs of colour, and 19 newbies, the swearing-in ceremony featured a breadth of languages that promised a tilt towards a legislative body more representative...
After a campaign flattened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Parliament elections served up a Holyrood that feels refreshed if not radically changed. With 45% women, the first permanent wheelchair-using MSP, the first two female MSPs of colour, and 19 newbies, the swearing-in ceremony featured a breadth of languages that promised a tilt towards a legislative body more representative...
From long-time WfI member Kathleen Caskie. We asked her to write a piece that looked back to look forward—Enjoy!
TW: Violence and domestic violence. My check of the news this morning brought further details in the shocking case of Sarah Everard which shows us all that women are not safe from male violence and deserve better. The fact that a “serving police office” is being questioned in relation to her murder shows us that women are threatened and attacked by men from all walks of life. A female Met...
This International Women's Day, we continue to live in unprecedented and challenging times. Scotland and the whole world attempts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown and physical distancing separates us from the routines, cares and pleasures of ‘normal’ life. We are concerned for our loved ones, anxious about the dangers for vulnerable groups, and contending with an underlying...
Women for Independence Statement for International Women’s Day 2021 This International Women’s Day, we continue to live in unprecedented and challenging times. Scotland and the whole world attempts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown and physical distancing separates us from the routines, cares and pleasures of ‘normal’ life. We are concerned for our loved ones, anxious about...
Food is at the heart of so many issues for women in Scotland.  For this reason, and in response to input from women all over Scotland, Women for Independence has identified food and food policy as one of the 4 pillars of our developing womanifesto.  Our focus on food emerged from National Council meetings held all over Scotland.  We invited women—members and non-members—to tell us about...
 Women for Independence National Committee Member Victoria Heaney is leading WFI's campaign for free sanitary protection. Read all about it here.[This is an archived article from 2017]
We are living in unprecedented and challenging times, as Scotland and the whole world attempts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown and physical distancing separates us from the routines, cares and pleasures of ‘normal’ life. We are concerned for our loved ones, anxious about the dangers for vulnerable groups, and contending with an underlying existential dread about what this means...
We are living in unprecedented and challenging times, as Scotland and the whole world attempts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown and physical distancing separates us from the routines, cares and pleasures of ‘normal’ life. We are concerned for our loved ones, anxious about the dangers for vulnerable groups, and contending with an underlying existential dread about what this means...
National Committee member Maggie Lennon has been involved in our work on women's justice since its inception.  Here, she outlines current issues being discussed (June 2019) and asks important questions about the lack on media coverage for voiceless women.  
Women for Independence was contacted by BBC News to ask us if we could send two women to analyse the election results as they unfolded as part of the BBC's election night coverage.  They were to travel to London to participate and provide comment through the night and into the next day.  The women concerned were not to be members of a political party.  Our National Committee member Lesley Orr...
WFI National Committee member, Maggie Lennon (below) travelled to Brussels to represent Women for Independence at a major conference on Internal Expansion of the EU. The event was run by the Coppieters Foundation who are a European Political Foundation think tank.  As well as asking questions (6 key ones), she offered solutions and discussed ideas, and the event posed many questions of its own ....
WFI National Committee member, Maggie Lennon (below) travelled to Brussels to represent Women for Independence at a major conference on Internal Expansion of the EU. The event was run by the Coppieters Foundation who are a European Political Foundation think tank.  As well as asking questions (6 key ones), she offered solutions and discussed ideas, and the event posed many questions of its own ....
National Committee member Maggie Lennon has been involved in our work on women's justice since its inception.  Here, she outlines current issues being discussed (June 2019) and asks important questions about the lack on media coverage for voiceless women.  
WFI National Committee member Cathy Ratcliff (pictured below) is an expert in international development and regularly visits Malawi so when she raised the issue of work that women were doing in Malawi on their own version of a similar document to the WFI Womanifesto, we were keen to learn more and to see where we could make international connections.Cathy writes below about the work Malawian...
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