Scottish Parliament celebrates International Women’s Day


Nearly 400 women from all over Scotland and further afield will gather in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The conference, which is an annual event, aims to celebrate women’s achievements and increase the participation and involvement of women in influencing policy.  

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

“It is right that we celebrate what women can do and what women have done.  There are more women decision makers than ever before but we remain under-represented in too many areas. 

“The Scottish Parliament is proud to host this International Women’s Day  celebration which every year allows us to bear witness to an exchange of inspirational stories of women’s achievements.”    

The Scottish Parliament has held an event to mark International Women’s Day every year since 2005.  The event is organised by the Scottish Women’s Convention and this year’s speakers include:

  • Agnes Tolmie – Chair of the Scottish Women’s Convention and an active campaigner in the women’s movement for over thirty years;
  • Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP – First Minister;
  • Her Excellency Teresita Vicente – Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba;
  • Edwina Hart AM – Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Assembly; and 
  • Dr Marsha Scott – Chief Executive, Scottish Women’s Aid.


International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March.  Hundreds of events take place throughout March to celebrate 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, trades unions, churches and voluntary organisations. 

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