Women for Independence was contacted by BBC News to ask us if we could send two women to analyse the election results as they unfolded as part of the BBC's election night coverage. They were to travel to London to participate and provide comment through the night and into the next day. The women concerned were not to be members of a political party. Our National Committee member Lesley Orr and former National Committee member Kim Nicoll agreed to go along and Kim writes about her experience below.
WFI National Committee member, Maggie Lennon (below) travelled to Brussels to represent Women for Independence at a major conference on Internal Expansion of the EU. The event was run by the Coppieters Foundation who are a European Political Foundation think tank. As well as asking questions (6 key ones), she offered solutions and discussed ideas, and the event posed many questions of its own . But just because the issue is tricky and complex isn’t a reason for not engaging fully. Below is her blog based on her main presentation.
Photo: 2019 © Delmi ÁlvarezRead more
National Committee member Maggie Lennon has been involved in our work on women's justice since its inception. Here, she outlines current issues being discussed (June 2019) and asks important questions about the lack on media coverage for voiceless women.
WFI National Committee member Cathy Ratcliff (pictured below) is an expert in international development and regularly visits Malawi so when she raised the issue of work that women were doing in Malawi on their own version of a similar document to the WFI Womanifesto, we were keen to learn more and to see where we could make international connections.
Cathy writes below about the work Malawian women have undertaken and the links that we are building with them.
Caroline McDonald was asked to participate in the #AskHerToStand event at Westminster by her local MP. Here, she writes about her experience and where she is going next.
WFI has always championed breaking down barriers for all women to play their full part in public life. Here, Ashley Graczyk who is an independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward in Edinburgh writes about the barriers that are faced by many women and why we need to break them down.
Strathearn Women for Indy raised over £400 for the Women in Hebron co-operative by taking part in the SimplyHealth Great Women’s 10k in Glasgow in 2018. Two of Strathearn WFI's members, Paula Harris and Keira Gibson pictured below with Nawal Slemiah, visited Hebron, Palestine in the summer. Keira writes here about the Women in Hebron and their experiences.
Maree Todd MSP made some tablet for some care experienced young people. The Tories took exception to this and The Herald spun a story around the Tories. One of our members has written an open letter to Maree Todd and asked WFI to publish it.
Maree Todd MSPRead more
Our National Committee member Suzanne McLaughlin who is a personal friend of Gillian Martin MSP, writes about the events around Gillian not being appointed as a Scottish government minister in June 2018. This opinion piece first appeared in The National and can be read on their website too.
Suzanne McLaughlinRead more