Women's equality in democracy

A range of measures need to be taken to ensure that decisions taken at all levels of democracy take account of the different experiences of needs of all women in Scotland. These could include:

- 50:50 representation of women at local councils, community councils, and on decision-making committees

- equality impact assessments taken on all spending decisions

- accessible meetings including providing childcare, translation, and flexible timings

- training for all public officials in gender equality

Why the contribution is important

Only 29% of local councillors in Scotland are women, and there remain countless barriers to women's participation in other forms of local democracy. Women in Scotland are from different backgrounds, races, religions, and sexualities, and are both disabled and non-disabled. Right now this diversity is missing from vital conversations about the future of Scottish communities.

by Engender on October 18, 2018 at 10:23PM

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  • Posted by StewartonCC November 23, 2018 at 11:03

    Community Councils need resourced properly to ensure we are representative of our communities. We are full of white elderly men, who have a statutory consultative position on planning and democratic issues. This excludes so many who are the heartbeat of rural communities because we have one hand tied behind our backs financially.
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