On 05 Sep 2019, we launched our “Embracing Differences” Practical Guidance at our Annual Conference, with speakers including Yvonne Strachan CBE, Naomi McAuliffe and Mike Enston.
We also had a number of workshops, from organisations such as ENABLE Scotland, Forth Valley Rape Crisis, Kingdom Housing Association, Interfaith Scotland and Progress in Dialogue.
Yvonne has been a longstanding champion and campaigner for equality and social justice and a supporter and advocate of the third sector and social enterprise.
Until 2017 Yvonne was a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government, with overall responsibility for its work in advancing equality, human rights and the third sector.
Yvonne joined the Civil Service in 1999 as Head of Equality. In 2011, she took on responsibilities for the Third Sector including social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, and, in 2012, her role included Human Rights.
Before joining the Civil Service, Yvonne was a senior trade union official and the first women’s organiser for the TGWU in Scotland. She served on advisory groups to the Minister for State for Scotland and the Equal Opportunities Commission. She was an Executive member of the Constitutional Convention, Chair of the Scottish Convention of Women and member of the STUC Women’s Committee. In those roles she played a leading role in pursuit of gender equality and in the campaign for 50:50 in the Scottish Parliament.
A former director of the leading social enterprise WISE group and Board member of Scottish Enterprise, Yvonne received an OBE in 1997 for services to industrial relations and equal opportunities and a CBE in 2015 for services to equality. In 2018 Yvonne was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Glasgow Caledonian University.
Workshop Title: Creating a Trauma Informed, Safe & Welcoming, Intersectional service for women and girls
The workshop will share practice, learning and challenges from Forth Valley Rape Crisis centre’s work to maintain a woman only space in an All gender service and its efforts to create an intersectional service that caters to the needs of all survivors of sexual violence.
Lead Facilitator: Mridul Wadhwa is the manager of the Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre. She has worked in the Violence Against Women and girls sector for over a decade mainly with Black Minority Ethnic women experiencing domestic abuse, Forced Marriage and so called crimes of Honour. She is a Trans woman and her activism is focussed on removing barriers to services for women with no recourse to public funds.
- Al-Anon Family Groups
- Clear Buckhaven
- Dunfermline Advice Hub
- EATS Rosyth
- Fife Forum
- Fife Interfaith Group
- Fife Migrants Forum
- National Community Lottery Fund
- Sexual Health Fife