What women want and need debated at Scottish Parliament


‘What women want, What women need,’ is the theme at this year’s International Women’s Day to be celebrated at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.

Hundreds of women from diverse backgrounds across Scotland will attend the annual event which aims to celebrate women’s achievements and increase the participation and involvement of women in influencing policy.

The panel will include an ambassador, actor, parliamentarian, volunteer and a comedian.

Deputy Presiding Officer Elaine Smith MSP, who will chair the event, said:

“The Scottish Parliament is delighted to be involved in this International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Scottish Women’s Convention.

“This year’s event will celebrate women from various spheres of life coming together to tell their story about what woman want and need. We have a diverse and inspirational line-up of speakers including an ambassador, parliamentarian, actor, volunteer and comedian. This event will allow each of them to tell their own story and articulate what they needed to overcome any barriers in their respective lives.”

The Scottish Parliament has held an event to mark International Women’s Day every year since 2007. The event is organised by the Scottish Women’s Convention and this year’s speakers are:

  • Agnes Tolmie - Chair of the Scottish Women’s Convention and an active campaigner in the women’s movement for over thirty years.
  • Nicola Sturgeon MSP - Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.
  • Alicia Castro - Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
  • Alison Fraser - SWC volunteer.
  • Abby Mavers - Actor (plays character of Dynasty Barry) in BBC TV Waterloo Road.
  • Susan Morrison - Comedian.


International Women’s Day, organised by the Scottish Women’s Convention is held annually on 8 March. It is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

The Scottish Women’s Convention works to develop ways in which to ensure women in Scotland can influence the strategies and policies which affect them. The SWC has a network of over 300,000 women, including women in business, churches, trades unions and voluntary organisations.

Members of the Scottish Women’s Convention will also be attending the conference of female parliamentarians from the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR). The event is hosted by the Scottish branch of the Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians (CPA) and will be held at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 March.


Photographs of the event will be available free of charge from Scottish Parliament photographer Andrew Cowan on 0131 348 5878.



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