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Politics / Scottish Government event to encourage women into politics

AN EVENT is taking place at Lerwick Town Hall later this month to celebrate and encourage women in the political sphere.

A core event is being held at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, and it will be livestreamed to Lerwick Town Hall.

Scotland’s Women GatHER is organised by the Scottish Parliament and Elect Her.

The free event at the town hall, on 24 June, is open to all women and will include speeches from women in power as well as workshops.

Shetland Islands Council leader Emma Macdonald will attend the in-person event at Holyrood, whilst chief executive Maggie Sandison will facilitate the Shetland livestream.

SIC political leader Emma Macdonald. Photo: Shetland News

Macdonald said: “I’ve been involved in politics now since 2017 and I’m so glad I took the decision to stand for election to the council. I started out thinking it maybe wasn’t for me, but it has been an extremely rewarding experience.

“There are so many opportunities for women to get involved in politics – at every level, from community councils right up to our MSP, women have an enormous amount to offer, and the intention is to share that information and experience in a safe and inclusive space.  I can’t recommend it enough – it’s an event that could change your life.”

Scotland’s Women GatHER will take place at the Town Hall from 10am to 3pm on 24 June.

Spaces can be booked here.

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