Mackay welcomes fund to empower women into politics

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed funding of £500,000 to help increase the representation of women in politics.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out measures that will see grants provided for grassroots and local projects across the country to empower more women into politics.

Welcoming the news, Mr Mackay reflected on last year’s Renfrewshire Council election, which resulted in the new SNP Council administration returning 57% female Councillors.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“100 years on from women securing the right to vote, we have a female First Minister, a female Prime Minister, and a female Provost here in Renfrewshire.

“And last year the glass ceiling was smashed in Renfrewshire, when the new SNP Council administration returned a group made up of 57% females.

“This was a momentous moment and it cannot be celebrated enough. It was a giant step in ensuring that our Council chambers and Parliaments are reflective of the society they represent.

“However, while we celebrate that feat, there is still a lot to do if we are to eradicate gender inequality and encourage more women to stand for public office, locally and nationally.

“This funding announced by the Scottish Government will help support community initiatives and women-empowerment projects to do just that.”

Background

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed, granting the right to vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. In the same year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed, allowing women to become MPs for the first time.

The £500,000 funding will support projects around Scotland aimed at celebrating and commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage and improving women’s representation in politics. This will include support for Glasgow Women’s Library programme of activity to mark the suffrage centenary.

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