Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics

Continuation of Centenary of Women’s Vote Celebration in Fife  

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded £5000 by the Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme to run a nine-month programme, ‘Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics’, to tackle the under-representation of disabled, minority ethnic or transgender women as voters, political activists and representatives in Fife.

FCE invites women from all political groups to help us to make our political systems more inclusive of disabled, minority ethnic or transgender women.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the success of the Suffragette movement, when we remember the brave and inspirational women who joined together to successfully challenge discrimination, and to influence women’s politics for generations.

This programme will raise women’s awareness of the struggle for equal voting rights.  More importantly the programme will highlight that the struggle continues for women of different protected characteristics in the UK and around the world, and how women are succeeding in overcoming the barriers they face.

This programme will also aim to celebrate the successes of the unsung heroines who contribute to the Scottish political systems daily; they are the campaigners, personal assistants, researchers, analysts, lobbyists, community activists and so on.

The programme will end with a celebration event near International Women’s Day in 2019 to mark the learning and achievements of the participants.

Calling on volunteers

We need volunteers to help us to:

  • Co-ordinate the programme
  • Recruit participants
  • Be a speaker
  • Arrange activities
  • Take part in the programme

Additional needs requirements and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses will be available.

Mrs Nina Munday, Manager of Fife Centre for Equalities, stated: “It is important that we all work together to create a society where every woman (inclusive of transgender women), regardless of their age, ethnicity, disability, religion or sexual orientation, is able to enjoy an equal access of opportunities to lead a fulfilling life without fear of harm.  One of the best ways to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the UK would be to encourage women of marginalised groups to be active in the political systems, from registering to vote to standing for election.  This way every woman’s voice will be heard.”

If you are interested in joining Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics, please contact Nina Munday, Manager, Fife Centre for Equalities by email nina@centreforequalities.org.uk or by phone 01592 645310.

Notes

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) was set up in 2014 to work with partners and communities to make Fife a fair, equal and inclusive place to live, work and study.

FCE support individuals and communities with:

  • Dismantling societal and structural barriers;
  • Strengthening self-confidence to be themselves;
  • Building a universal voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Contact

Phone: 01592 645310 Email: info@centreforequalities.org.uk

Website: https://www.centreforequalities.org.uk

FCE can also be contacted via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

 

About the Programme

10 women will be recruited to undergo a programme that will enable them to explore the following:

  • History of women campaigning for voting rights in the UK and around the world
  • Women in politics in modern Scotland
  • Barriers for disabled, minority ethnic or trans women being involved in politics in Scotland
  • Strategies in removing or minimising the barriers

As part of the programme, female speakers will be involved from all political parties e.g. community activists/campaigners, community councillors, local authority councillors, MSPs, MPs and MEPs.

Participants will have opportunities to attend decision making meetings to experience how politics influence our day-to-day lives.

Programme Schedule

June: Preparation of publicity material

June and July: Recruitment of participants for programme

June and July: Recruitment of women in politics as speakers and mentors

August to December: Delivering Programme

Session One – History of women campaigning for equal voting rights

Session Two – Roles of Women in politics in Scotland

Session Three – Barriers for disabled / minority ethnic / trans women in politics and society

Session Four – Develop activities to remove or minimise barriers

Session Five – Attendance of Committee Meeting in Fife House

Session Six – Tour of the Scottish Parliament and observe meeting

January to February – shadowing of female activists/politicians

February – Celebration event

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