By Liz Thomson On November 19th Nicola Sturgeon became Scotland’s first female First Minister and duly appointed a gender equal Cabinet. The public reaction to her decision was generally positive, if a little Indifferent. The UN applauded Ms. Sturgeon’s Cabinet as… Read More ›
Elaine C Smith on security, futures and gender and why an independent Scotland can be force for a new creative empowerment …
By Julia Macintosh Janice Galloway has written a brilliant essay in support of Scotland’s political self-determination, exposing the connection between shame and the denial of dignity and power. She writes: My upbringing stressed the importance of 1) reining oneself in; 2)… Read More ›
A new report outlines how to achieve women’s equality in an independent Scotland A new report released today by a leading feminist academic arguing that independence can be an opportunity to achieve women’s financial and economic autonomy, and social and political… Read More ›
Two great talks from two leaders of the indy movement and driving forces behind Women for Independence. Jean Freeman on her journey to Yes from being Jack McConnell’s advisor to a committed believer in independence… Isobel Lindsay on the inter-relationship… Read More ›
Amongst all the doom and gloom about the far-right, there are some inspiring examples from around Europe, like Sweden’s new feminist party F!
A passionate and articulate interview about one woman’s journey to yes
I feel like Scotland has been swindled. We have been taught to feel grateful for the existence of the UK and that by being part of their ‘team’ we are better off
“Vote no and nothing will change for you, your daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, mothers and grandmothers. Vote yes and potentially, everything will…”
As part of our ongoing series celebrating International Women’s Day, artist Janie Nicoll argues poetically for a Yes vote as a voice of optimism for change …
As part of our ongoing series to celebrate International Women’s Day, Lesley Riddoch helps imagine a better Scotland. ************************************************ Join Women for Independence here. Please share this article on Facebook.
We continue our series in celebration of International Women’s Day with Clare Galloway A question rises up for me, out of the ashes of the pointless fiery talk from the heating debate on the Scottish referendum. Heckle-based rhetoric and heid-bashing… Read More ›
“We have the opportunity to overhaul the way that we do things in Scotland. To make our country fairer and continuing to invest in our universal public services so that they are something we remain proud of paying for..”
Join One Billion Rising and take part in a global strike. Join women and men you know in saying enough. Dance and show your solidarity with women all over the world. And let’s all stop accepting violence against women and girls as a given.
by Nine “If you drive it underground so no one can find it, it wouldn’t survive.” Rhoda Grant, 2012 In many ways, Dana fits the profile. She’s a twentysomething woman with a drug addiction. She was abused in childhood and her… Read More ›
Women may have won the vote but they still struggle to be heard. It’s been frustrating to watch mainly men, representing political parties, slog out the questions in a generally polarised, aggressive way. Not always – but it has certainly been the main prism through which the hugely important question of our country’s future has been directed through.
By Kate Higgins Having been mentioned in dispatches, I thought I’d stamp my purdy little foot and seek a right to reply. Or at least, set out why the analogy of an abused woman was discomfiting and I considered inappropriate.
As we approach the full-on Holyrood election campaign, there will be few poltical parties putting women centre stage of their platform for government which is unfortunate. We need politicians who are prepared to think the unthinkable and totally redesign how we approach the design and delivery of public services.
Women don’t need to be passive and risk averse. When convinced of the cause, there’s no holding them back. If that cause is independence, the only fair future for Scotland, they can be in the vanguard.
Happy 250th Birthday Robert Burns…Michael G (More Whisky Please)argues convincingly that our National Holiday should be Burns Day/Night and not the abstract and insipid St Andrews Day – which combines notions of corporate sanctioned Christianity with dodgy history. He’s completely… Read More ›
Gaels from the strict Free Church tradition see nothing at Callanish but a pile of stones made special only by heathen tradition. For such folk, relating the tales of Brigid and suggesting they predate her appearance in Christianity as “St… Read More ›