Consultations RSS Feed List of latest articles from WEA Women at Work Scottish Government Experience Panels Social security in Scotland will be designed and built with and for the people of Scotland, and Experience Panels will turn that principle into a reality.  Scottish Government are seeking at least 2,000 people with direct personal experience of the current social security system to help shape Scotland’s new system. Scottish Government will work with people who have direct and personal experience and knowledge of the current one to find out from them what works, what needs improved and what the new system can do to support them. Invitations have been sent by post to 18,000 people who have recent or current experience of the social security system. People can also volunteer directly to join the Experience Panels by completing the registration form online or downloading it and posting it back to the Scottish Government by freepost. Experience Panels resources - including posters etc – can be downloaded. There’s also a freephone helpline 0800 029 4974 (which includes language translation and BSL interpretation) if people have questions about getting involved in the Panels, or if they need additional support to register. Registration is open until 12 May. More information: Facebook - TheScottishGovernment Thu, 6 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT The Highland Council - Equality Outcomes Survey. The Highland Council is seeking public opinion to help its work on equality and diversity. Views gathered will be used to help refresh the Council's equality outcomes and focus priority areas for 2017-2021. Highland Council Equality Outcomes ConsultationLink to survey If you would like to complete the consultation in an alternative format, please email or phone 01463 702094.Please respond by 07 December 2016. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT A STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland Overview The Scottish Government is consulting on their approach to delivering a high quality Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and training offering, across the education system. Their draft STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has two aims: 1. To improve levels of STEM enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge in order to raise attainment and aspirations in learning, life and work 2. To encourage the uptake of more specialist STEM skills required to gain employment in the growing STEM sectors of the economy, through further study and training. The Strategy proposes a number of areas in which new or scaled-up action can be taken, and seeks views on these. Why They Are Consulting The views gathered through the consultation will inform a final version of the Strategy for delivery. They will publish a report on the consultation in March 2017. The findings will inform a final version of the Strategy for delivery.Follow this link for more information and to take part in the consultation - A STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gathering Women's Voices Scottish Women's Convention Conference - Saturday 29 October 2016 The Scottish Government launched a 13 week consultation on Friday 29th July, People across Scotland are being given the chance to help shape the country's first ever social security system. The Scottish Government launched a 13 week consultation on Friday 29th July, looking for views on the benefits being devolved to Scotland, as well as how they are delivered.ooking for views on the benefits being devolved to Scotland, as well as how they are delivered.The Scottish Women's Convention is holding this conference to gather women's voices and use them to help influence this legislation. To register your interest for this event email: or call 0141 339 4797 Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Social security consultation reaches half-way mark This information is from the Scottish Government website. Social security consultation reaches half-way mark. There are six weeks left for people across Scotland to have their say on how our new social security system should be shaped.This is the biggest transfer of powers since devolution. Once the powers are fully devolved - a lengthy process expected to take a few years - these new social security powers will account for around £2.7 billion - or 15% of the total Scottish benefit bill. However, the Scottish Government still won't be responsible for all benefits, with about 85% of spending left in the hands of the UK Government.Benefits being transferred to Scotland are: Ill health and disability benefits - including Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Carer's Allowance Sure Start Maternity Grants Funeral Payments Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments Discretionary Housing Payments Some powers in relation to Universal Credit. Benefits to remain reserved to the UK Government are: Universal Credit (which replaces Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits and Housing Benefit) State Pension and Pension Credit Contributory Employment Support Allowance Child Benefit Maternity and Paternity Pay Since the end of July more than 100 events have been organised across the country and hundreds of people have already taken part. Many more events are planned during the next half of the consultation period and the opportunity is there for individuals to make their voices heard.Encouraging everyone to take part before the consultation closes on 28 October, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:"As we pass the half-way mark in the consultation process I am delighted we have had such a huge number of people taking part."From one end of the country to the other, I am really encouraged by the number of people who have taken the time to let us know how they want their social security system in Scotland to work."Social security is an investment we all make in ourselves and in each other. None of us know when the day might come when we will need that support and thousands of people across Scotland rely on social security - in one form or another. "We will be responsible for 15% of the total UK benefit budget, but that still affects one in four of us and we want to make sure the new system in Scotland truly reflects the values of dignity, fairness and respect. That's why it's so important that the people who use or could use the social security system and the benefits that we will be delivering have a say in shaping it. "I want to hear from people about their experience of the system as it is now and how the Scottish Government can improve it - so please make sure you have your say before 28 October."There are different ways for you to do this - either online or by post - so you can choose which one suits you. The most important thing is as many people as possible take the opportunity to really make a difference and have their voices heard."The consultation runs until 28 October and can be found at Consultation on Social Security in Scotland. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cairngorm & Glenmore Future Direction Cairngorm & Glenmore Future Direction.  Cairngorm and Glenmore are central to the identity, economy and conservation value of the Cairngorms National Park. This is an opportunity to collaborate on the long term direction for this land in public ownership at the heart of the National Park.  It is essential that we plan for the future of this area to enhance both the natural environment and the visitor experience.  Read more and have your say here. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT Consultation on Race Equality in Scotland Consultation on Race Equality in Scotland.  This survey is open to all organisations and individuals who would like to contribute their views towards the development of the Scottish Government’s new race equality framework for Scotland.  To complete the survey please click here. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Consultation - Equally Safe - Reforming the criminal law to address domestic abuse and sexual offences Consultation - Equally Safe - Reforming the criminal law to address domestic abuse and sexual offences.  Thursday, March 26, 2015.  A consultation on proposals to create specific offences concerning domestic abuse and the non-consensual sharing of private, intimate images, the introduction of statutory jury directions in sexual offence cases, the extra-territorial effect of the law concerning sexual offences committed against children and the circumstances in which a court can grant a non-harassment order. ISBN: 9781785442698 Please click here for more information Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan The Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan (CaSPlan) will set out our vision and development strategy for the area over the next 20 years. Once formally adopted it will replace the Caithness Local Plan and Sutherland Local Plan and will be used to guide decisions on planning applications.  We have prepared the Main Issues Report to consult on what the plan should deliver. It is a discussion document that forms the basis of our consultation. Read more about the Development Plan process on the Scottish Government's website Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT North Alliance Conference 2014 North Alliance Conference 2014.  82 delegates, 12 workshops, 1 keynote speech, 1 digital learning launch, 2 dragons’ den pitches and numerous networking opportunities made for a‘….great day, the best piece of CPD I have attended for a long time’  Under the themes of Resilience, Local Leadership and Community Empowerment the confer-ence brought together people from all areas of Community Learning and Development from the seven North Alliance areas and beyond. Workshops were delivered and attended by col-leagues from both the statutory and third sectors, from national agencies to community trusts.  Download report here. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Consultation - Inshes and Raigmore Development Brief Consultation - Inshes and Raigmore Development Brief.  Public consultation 15 September to 27 October 2014 Have your say on development opportunities in the Inshes and Raigmore area of Inverness.  Copies of draft brief can also be viewed during normal opening hours at either: Inshes Library, Inshes Road, Inverness IV2 3RF Development and Infrastructure Service Reception, Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX All comments should be received by us no later than Monday 27 October 2014.  Comments received during the public consultation will inform the finalised development brief.   Use our online form to send us your comments or alternatively you can complete and return our printable comments form. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Scottish Independence Billl The Scottish Government recently published the Scottish Independence Bill Consultation, which sets out what would be the interim constitution for Scotland, should there be a Yes vote on 18th September. Recent conversations around the consultation document have noted that it is not only very lengthy, but the language used in it does not make it very appealing for most people to want to read, let alone comment on. Click here to download the paper  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT National Care Standards Review National Care Standards Review.  The National Care Standards Review consultation seeks your views on developing quality standards for health and social care in Scotland. National Care Standards Review Wednesday, June 25, 2014 ISBN: 9781784125127.  Almost all of us will use a care service at some point in our lives. This consultation asks you to play your part in shaping the quality standards for services that the people of Scotland deserve.  Respond to the consultation online.  Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Dates set for Council budget consultation (14/05/14) Dates have been set for a series of 13 budget events being held by The Highland Council to consult with the public over spending priorities between 2015-2019 during which time the Council has to find savings of an estimated £63 million. The forums will also include the first stage of public consultation on the Customer Service Review (including Service Points) agreed at the Council meeting in March. The feedback from the public and focus groups will help shape the Council’s budget setting priorities. The schedule is: Monday 19 May:  Invergordon Social Club. Friday 23 May:  Golspie Community Centre Tuesday 27 May: Wick Assembly Rooms Wednesday 28 May: Bonar Bridge Hall Thursday 29 May: Lochcarron Village Hall Monday 2 June: Fingal Centre, Portree High School Wednesday 4 June:  Culloden Academy Complex, Inverness Thursday 5 June:  Victoria Park, Ross County FC, Dingwall Monday 9 June: Inverness Town House Tuesday 10 June: Aviemore Community Centre Thursday 12 June: Nairn Court House Monday 16 June: Caol Community Centre Wednesday 18 June:  Glen Urquhart High School Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Violence Against Women Strategy - Consultation has taken place The Scottish Government and COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities are currently in the process of developing a national strategy aimed at tackling all forms of violence against women which will be published in Summer 2014. Instead of a formal public consultation process, we are undertaking a period of focussed and targeted consultation and engagement with key stakeholders and interested parties to help inform the development of the strategy. Our approach to engagement on Scotland's strategy to tackle violence against women and girlsIn order to ensure that engagement on the strategy is as effective and meaningful as possible we are: Inviting and providing support for stakeholders who deliver frontline services to host discussion groups about the strategy with women who use their services as a result of having experienced violence;Meeting with key stakeholders including Police Scotland, Education Scotland, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and third sector organisations to discuss their commitments to tackling violence against women and girls which will be included within the strategy;Circulating an outline structure of the strategy and discussion questions to all partners for wider dissemination to their own networks. The outline structure and discussion questions are also publicly available and provide a means and opportunity for all those not directly involved in the discussion groups or meetings, to contribute their views on the strategy.Why are we taking this approach?We have taken the decision to move away from a formal consultation process because: We believe that our approach will allow us to reach more women who have experienced abuse and who have come into contact with services and agencies as a result of their experience;It reflects our intention that the strategy is developed through meaningful engagement and collaboration with frontline agencies and services.So we will not be publishing a draft of the strategy for public consultation. However the outline structure of the strategy, list of frequently asked questions and discussion questions have been made publicly available. They provide a means and an opportunity for anyone not directly involved in the discussion groups or meetings to contribute their views on the strategy. For more information go to new Strategy will be published in the Summer 2014.   For the strategy information go to Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT WEA Women@Work Winter 2013 Survey WEA Women@Work plan events and activities to support the women in our Networks. Thank you for helping us assess how we're  doing and which things you like to see more of in your area.  We've done some major events ranging from career choice/development in STEM to personal development e.g. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.  Next year's programme will be, in part,  influenced by your response to our survey as well as the feedback to our events. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan Consultation The Highland Council has prepared the Inner Moray Firth Proposed Local Development Plan which provides policies and site allocations to guide development, Known as the Proposed Plan, it represents the Council's view for how the Inner Moray Firth area should develop over the next 20 years, and will now be subject to public consultation between 1 November and 13 December. Guidance on how to read the plan and make comment is available here, there is also a short video guide on how to read the plan found at to Make Comment Make comments on the proposed plan Go to the Highland Council webpage at them your name and contact details (and if applicable the name of the group/organisation you are representing);Tell them which part(s) of the Plan you like and do not like, what changes you wish to be made, and the reasons why; andClick "Submit Comments". We will acknowledge receipt of your comments.Further help is available by watching this short video or by reading this guide to the Proposed Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan found at Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Consultation:anti-human trafficking legislation for Scotland Scottish Labour's Jenny Marra MSP has lodged a consultation on a proposal for new anti-human trafficking legislation for Scotland with the support of Baroness Helena Kennedy, and world leading anti-trafficking expert Dr Anne T. Gallagher. The consultation proposes a raft of measures to improve Scotland's anti-trafficking response, based on EU law that came in to force in April this year and recommendations of the EHRC's Inquiry into Human Trafficking in Scotland. The proposed legislation will define the crime of human trafficking in Scots law for the first time by enshrining the international gold standard definition, the UN's ‘Palermo Protocol' into law. It will help stop the criminalisation of victims of trafficking by making it illegal to punish those who have been forced to commit crime as a result of their trafficking. Furthermore, it proposes a new Survivors Service for victims of human trafficking, underpinned by a minimum set of standards for victims of human trafficking for the first time. The legislation will also compel the Scottish Government to publish an anti-trafficking strategy to be agreed by parliament every three years, which will outline how the Government is working with the police, crown office, private sector and others to stamp out human trafficking in Scotland. Download the consultation HERE You are invited to respond to this consultation by answering the questions in thedocument and by adding any other comments that you consider appropriate. Responses should be submitted by Friday 6th of December 2013 and sent to: Jenny Marra MSPRoom MG.14Scottish ParliamentEdinburghEH99 1SP Tel: 0131 348 6427Email: Taken from Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Consultation on Regulation of Sexual Entertainment Venues A consultation on proposals to establish a dedicated licensing system for venues offering sexual entertainments such as lap dancing. A robust licensing system will allow local communities a greater say over the nature of activities that take place in their localities. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Amending the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 The consultation will run until 2 September 2013 and seeks views on: • the presumption against closure of rural schools • providing financial information on closure proposals • clarifying and expanding Education Scotland's role • the basis for determining school closure proposals • establishing an independent referral mechanism • views on a five year moratorium between closure proposals for the same school. An online response form for the consultation can be found here: Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Argyll and Bute Delivering Choice Programme (DCP) Palliative Care Programme - Consultation, 25th June The Argyll and Bute Delivering Choice Palliative Care Programme Board are holding workshops to develop ideas and solutions for the community based model of palliative care across Argyll and Bute.25th June 2013, 1-5pm Venue TBC, Oban They are inviting members of the public, patients, carers and individuals from all sectors involved in delivering palliative and end of life care in Argyll and Bute. Limited spaces so contact by Friday 21st June for the Oban workshop and for more information. The workshops will focus on the following themes: Cultural change towards death, dying and bereavement (health promoting palliative care) Support for carers of people with palliative and end of life care needs Transportation for people and carers with palliative and end of life care needs Out of hours services for palliative and end of life care The role of care homes in palliative and end of life care. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Draft Carers (Waiving of Charges for Support) (Scotland) Regulations 2014: Consultation The draft Regulations are published for consultation. The Scottish Government would like to hear from carers, service users, local authorities, Health Boards, the National Carers Organisations, other Third Sector organisations and the general public.Following the consultation the Regulations may be amended. They will then be introduced to the Scottish Parliament. Thu, 9 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT A chance to comment on suicide and self harm prevention in Scotland The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the National Choose Life Strategy in order to decide what Suicide and Self-harm Prevention in Scotland will look like for the next 10 years.They are interested in feedback from anyone with an interest in Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention and have developed a survey with 7 questions. The closing date is the 7th May, you can find the survey at more information see the attached paper or contact; Tracy Preece, Choose Life Coordinator, Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership Consultation: Deadline 10 May 2013         TELL US WHAT INFORMATION WOULD BE USEFUL FOR YOU   Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Community Planning Group (MAKI CPG) propose organising an event in the autumn 2013 to share information and good practice across the area.    Please tell us what your three key areas of concern are so we can try to structure the event around your needs. Key themes are identified below, but add any others you think are important in the blank spaces provided. Please also let us know if you would prefer a week day, weekend, daytime or evening event.     PLEASE TICK YOUR TOP THREE ISSUES OF CONCERN   Community Regeneration & Community Development   Environment & Renewables   Families & Care   Health & Wellbeing   Housing   Leisure & Tourism   Transport & Infrastructure   Welfare & Benefits   Young People & Employment             Week day   Weekend   Daytime   Evening     Please write any other comments here (for example, would it help you to access the event if video conferencing was available?):           The format of the event is likely to be similar to the Community Planning Group’s Forward Together events that were held in summer 2009 and autumn 2010, with video conferencing available to islands in 2010.   Please email your responses by FRIDAY 10 MAY to Audrey Baird, Community Development Officer, Argyll & Bute Council at or phone for more information on 01546 604754. The format of the event is likely to be similar to the Community Planning Group’s Forward Together events that were held in summer 2009 and autumn 2010, with video conferencing available to islands in 2010. Please email your responses by FRIDAY 10 MAY to Audrey Baird, Community Development Officer, Argyll & Bute Council at or phone for more information on 01546 604754. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Have your say on the Marriage (Same Sex) Bill Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2012-13 The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 24 January 2013. The second reading of the Bill took place on 5 February, giving MPs the opportunity to debate the main principles of the Bill. Catch up on Parliament News: MPs debate Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Bills before Parliament: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill The Bill has now been sent to the Public Bill Committee, where detailed examination of the Bill will take place. Aims of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill This Bill would introduce civil marriage for same sex couples, and enable religious organisations to opt in to conduct same sex marriages if they wish to do so. The Bill includes provisions intended to protect religious organisations and individuals from being forced to conduct same sex marriages. The proposals have proved highly controversial with interested parties expressing strong opinions both for and against same sex marriage. The Bill would also enable civil partners to convert their partnership to a marriage and would enable married transsexual people to gain legal recognition in their acquired gender without having to end their marriage. Deadline for submissions The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 12 February. The Committee will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Tuesday 12 March 2013. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Life Changes Trust consultation event - Inverness 5th February 2 -4.30pm Life ChangesTrust - consultation event in Inverness 5th February 2-4.30pm Fairways, Castle Heather, Inverness. Book your place by  email Vickii at Who Cares? Scotland:> limited places available. The Life Changes Trust is an independent Trust designed to transform the lives of two of Scotland's most vulnerable groups - Young Care Leavers and people with dementia and their carers. £50 million is being invested by the BIG Lottery Fund into this Trust - Who Cares? Scotland is one of its founding partners and is leading in the development of the £25 million which the Trust will invest to help transform the lives of young people leaving care over the next 10 years. On the 5th February 2013 Who Cares? Scotland will facilitate a workshop for Highland. This is a great opportunity for local authority, third sector and other partners in Highland to get involved in the early work of the Trust for Young Care Leavers. It is a chance to understand the funding that is available within the Trust , and to start to develop thinking around how you can engage with the Trust. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT UK Bill of Rights second consultation - Have your say! Currently in the UK, there are many laws, powers and conventions that make up the rights of the citizen, including the Human Rights Act 1998. However, the UK does not have a written constitution that sets out citizens' fundamental rights and defines the limits of governmental power in one document. The UK Bill of Rights proposes to establish a specific set of important rights and freedoms that are applicable to all individuals, enshrined in a single Bill under UK law.Go to for more information and guidance - go on have your say! Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Scottish Refugee Council Petition Scottish Refugee Council and Refugee Survival Trust are making an urgent call to the UK Government to stop refugee destitution in Scotland but we can't do it without your support. We don't want money, but we're hoping that you will sign our petition  to change the law that forces people into destitution.  Public pressure can and does work. People across Scotland helped end dawn raids and family detention in Scotland. Now it's time to tackle destitution. Research suggests 1 in 4 people in the asylum process will experience a period of destitution and for those refused asylum, the destitution is severe and indefinite. The UK Government operates a deliberate policy of withdrawing all financial support and accommodation from people who have been refused asylum.   Yet many people who have been refused asylum are unable or too afraid to return to their home countries,  such as Eritrea, Somalia, Iran and Zimbabwe where human rights abuses are rife, and instead end up homeless and hungry with no right to work.   Women who find themselves destitute are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Many are fleeing persecution that is specific to their gender, such as rape, domestic abuse or female genital mutilation. But decision making in women's asylum claims is particularly poor. Many women are simply disbelieved.   Research published by Glasgow Caledonian University Scottish Poverty Information - showed a higher proportion of women presenting destitute (38%) in Glasgow than among asylum seekers generally (30%).   These women 'choose' homelessness and hunger over return to a country where they fear for their lives. Some have been forced to turn to prostitution to survive, or face more subtle forms of sexual exploitation.   While many charities and members of the Glasgow Destitution Network are providing support as best as they can with drop-ins, food shares and a Night Shelter, we also need the policy forcing people into destitution to change. We are urgently calling for:-       proper support that continues until people are granted protection or can return home safely;-       the right to work for all asylum seekers who remain in the UK for more than six months, including those who have been refused; -       a better system that makes the right decisions on asylum claims and ensures the UK gives protection to all those who need it. If your organisation would like to support us, you can add your logo to our campaign website by If you're hosting or attending an event, we can provide print petitions for people to sign and return to us.  And please - sign our petition at - every single name counts  Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Highland Council Budget Consultation The Highland Council are carrying out a budget consultation.  Join the Consultation Events (see below). To find out the different ways of getting involved go to the Council's website at Budget Consultation Events Have your say on our Budget Consultation by coming along to one of our consultation events that are taking place across the Highland area. A full list of dates and venues are outlined below.  Each event will start at 6.30pm. Please contact the appropriate Ward Manager should you have any queries. September: 3rd Portree High School, Portree 4th Caol Community Centre, Caol 11th Norseman Hotel, Wick 12th Talla nan Ros, Kingussie, Badenoch and Strathspey 13th Durness Village Hall, Durness 17th Lochcarron Village Hall, Lochcarron 19th Tain Royal Academy, Assembly Hall  20th Inverness High School, Inverness 24th Brora Community Centre, Brora 26th Rosebank Primary School, Nairn October 1st Victoria Park, Dingwall 30th Culloden Academy Complex, Inverness Tue, 2 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Developing an Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing This consultation follows on from 'Homes Fit for the 21st Century: The Scottish Government's Strategy and Action Plan for Housing in the Next Decade: 2011-2020; which made a commitment to consult on a new social housing standard requiring higher levels of energy by 2020.Should you wish to respond to the consultation - there are questions on page 42 that assists in providing a response.  Your response to the Scottish Government is to be provided before 28th September 2012. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Local government consultation by Scottish Women's Convention Consultation by Scottish Women's Convention Local Authority elections will be held on Thursday 3rd May 2012. The purpose of this consultation document is to seek the views of women on issues which affect them at a local level. The information gathered, along with the voices of women from SWC events, will be used to create a ‘Manifesto for Women'. Information in the manifesto can be used by women throughout Scotland as part of the Local Authority election process. The Scottish Women's Convention is seeking your views on a variety of issues which fall under the remit of Local Authorities. They would appreciate you taking the time to complete this consultation document. Closing date for responses is 12 noon on Monday 18th March 2012. Please return any responses by email to or by post to Scottish Women's Convention, 6th Floor Blythswood House, 200 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4DQ. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT DirectScot - consultation DirectScot is the experimental prototype of a public service website for Scotland. It offers access to information, services and applications from a wide variety of sources. Developed by the Scottish Government, DirectScot is a response to the ongoing debate on how government services can be delivered efficiently in the digital age. To find out more and take part in the consultation go to DirectScot or visit the DirectScot Blog Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Your Scotland, Your Referendum The Scottish Government consultation 'Your Scotland, Your Referendum' seeks views on a number of issues, including what the ballot paper should say, what spending limits should be set on campaign groups and how the referendum should be managed and regulated.  It also sets out the timetable for parliamentary and public debate.   Responses to this consultation will be used to inform the further development of the referendum bill before it is debated in the Scottish Parliament during 2013.  The referendum will be held in the autumn of 2014.The consultation paper is available to download here.  Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT A Superhero for Scotland This short film made by Engender explains what CEDAW is and why women in Scotland should know about it. CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) is a bill of human rights for women introduced by the United Nation.  The UN recognises that throughout the world women have less power and opportunity experience more violence and responsibility than men.  In times of economic austerity women pay the price of cuts and Engender's film calls on women of the world to take part in CEDAW consultations in their area.  CEDAW is the film's eponymous 'Superhero for Scotland' seeking out inequality and sharing out power among women. The film calls on all women to give evidence about their experience of gender inequality.  Watch the film the film on YouTube (2.10)Women@Work also provide a guide to CEDAW for you to download. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT HIV-infected healthcare workers in Scotland Following a review on current UK-wide guidence on the managment of healthcare workers infected with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, This consultation paper seeks views on recommendations from for changes to the current policy on HIV-infected healthcare workers.Consultation closes 9 March 2012. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Scottish Women's Convention Roadshow Reports This year the SWC once again  travelled to the Highlands to hold its annual roadshows and its reports have now been published.Roadshows in Wick, Thurso and Inverness were held in August and W@W participated at the Inverness session. It was made clear from the outset of discussion that public sector cuts are having an adverse effect on women across Scotland with cuts having a particularly negative impact to service provision in rural and remote areas. Particpants expressed concern about cuts in expenditure on education and care of the elderly.It was felt that cuts are damaging local amenities and service provision which must be protected as much as possible, especially support and crisis services and other services for the vulnerable.   As could be expected, transport, employment and healthcare figured highly in the roundtable discussions of public sector cuts.The UK Coalliton Government's policy reflective by the 'spirit of activism' came in for criticism by many of the women who took part in the discussion and is ably summarised in the Inverness report. "Volunteering is already embedded within the lifestyles of women, although it may not consistently be referred to as such. This is a disrespectful and unrealistic policy which completely disregards the caring commitments women tend to have, as well as the lack of time they have to volunteer." To read more - Inverness, Thurso, WIck. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT What's your view on same sex marriage in Scotland The Equal Marriage Campaign is calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to lift the discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnership in Scotland.If you want ot take part in the consultation or find out more visit the website. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Counting Women In - Have You Signed-Up Yet? WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? A child born today will be drawing her pension before she has an equal voice in the government of her country. We can do better than that. There are currently more millionaires than women in the Cabinet. Just 22 per cent – or 1 in 5  - members of the Westminster Parliament are women and the number of women MPs has increased by only 4 per cent since 1997. Women have a right to an equal say in politics. Decisions of national importance – about everything from whether to go to war to what to teach in our schools –  are being made without women round the table: the different experiences and perspectives of one half of the country are not being heard. The lack of women at the top table of politics sends a clear signal to other walks of life:  it’s ok to cut women out from positions of power. We don’t think it is. Take action now… WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? Ensuring women have a greater presence and voice in politics requires action on many fronts: we need to change the UK’s political culture so it works for not against women; political parties must do more to recruit and promote women; the media must treat women in public life with respect. Find out more… Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Join the Coalition for an EU Year to End Violence against From the EWLJoin more than 25 European-wide organisations, around 70 national NGOs, and more than 250 individuals, calling for an EU Year to End Violence against Women! The European Women's Lobby (EWL) has initiated a broad European advocacy movement, gathering NGOs and decision-makers, lobbying for comprehensive EU action on violence against women and for a European Year on combating and preventing violence against women. Since its launch in April, the Coalition has gained more and more support. This gives us a strong voice to call on the EU for an EU Year to End Violence against Women. Join our movement to foster the advocacy for Eu comprehensive action against violence against women! To date, the EU has no binding legislation in place to deal with this most pervasive human rights abuse within its borders. However, violence against women affects approximately 45% of all women across Europe. An estimated one-fifth of women in the EU suffer from violence within the home and more than one in ten women is a victim of sexual violence involving the use of force: in the UK, 80 000 women experience rape or attempted rape; in France, one woman is killed every three days by her partner. We need to act! The European Commission has committed to elaborate an EU policy framework on combating violence against women by 2012. The European Parliament has been asking for years for an EU year to end violence against women. Whether you are an MEP, a national decision-maker, a European, international or national organisation, or an individual, we need your support to demonstrate that women cannot wait to be free from violence! Sign up to the Coalition by clicking here! Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Call to Action : Fawcett Society The Fawcett Society are asking for your help. They want you to write a letter to the Chancellor to ask why single mothers are being  singled out in the budget.Fawcett's report, Single Mothers, Singled Out highlights claims that single women will be hit hardest by austerity measures and  single mothers will also lose a month's income annually once all the cuts take affects. To download theletter template or to fnd out more visit the Fawcett Society website. More. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT United Nations - CEDAW The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and came into force in 1981. It is commonly referred to as the international bill of rights for women. It defines what constitutes discrimination against women and girls and sets out a comprehensive framework for tackling gender inequality. This year the UK government must report on its compliance with CEDAW. W@W are taking part in the consultationprocess for the Scottish Shadow Report. You can download our guide to CEDAW or visit the OHCHR Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT