Connect RSS Feed List of latest articles from WEA Women at Work Ross-shire: Women cycling taster sessions. Get started with cycling off road and discover the skills you need to feel more confident. Join in with our 2 hour taster sessions organised for women of all ages to enjoy riding local trails. These sessions are fun with good company and supportive advice. Listed below are the 2017 dates and venues: Muir of Ord, Clash Wood Sat 24 June, Sat 1 July & Sat 26 AugContin, Contin WoodsSat 8 July & Sat 29 JulyTaster sessions for beginners 10am - 12noon No experience necessary. You will cover core cycling skills to develop bike-handling techniques. Basic bike safety checks, kit advice, and trail-side repairs.Tasters sessions for improvers 2pm-4pmThese are for any female riders with some experience who would like to take part in a taster session to improve their existing skills with progression to more technical trail features. Coached by Jenny Aungier of Mtbhighlands. Further dates on demand so let us know you're interested even if you can't make any of above. Costs: £15 per session but there are free places available for all participants from within the community council areas of Contin, Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon; or Muir of Ord. To book please register your interest by email : Ben Wyvis Cycle ClubA friendly Ross-shire based cycle club passionate about cycling skills for all. Thanks to sponsors SSE, DryburghCycles, Fuel 10K, Hands On Events, GM Forestry and Tiger Cat. Contact us: Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT WEA Membership Event - Sat 6 May 2017 WEA Membership Event The WEA are hosting a UK-wide member event that aims to reinforce our belief in the democratic process.  The Scottish venue is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).  The event will be held from 11.00 am and 3.30 pm on Saturday 6th May 2017.  The venue can accommodate 40 delegates.  Currently, 16 delegates have signed up to participate, so I would encourage you to register quickly - either by visiting eventbrite or completing the booking form available here   Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Help your child get a head start in their career My World of Work Live! and SSE is holding a parents session in InvernessThe Inverness session is on the 17th of January starting at 6pm until 8pm. The aim of the session it to promote apprenticeship pathways into STEM careers and de-mystify and clarify the energy apprentice journey; work-base learning options and routes to access across the Highlands and Islands.My World of Work Live! is a set of interactive exhibits and activities that inspire young people to take up STEM subjects and careers. The programme comprises a number of high profile delivery venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Shetland. Its primary audience is P7 - S3 school pupils, teachers and parents.  Additionally, the programme aims to:         Address the gender imbalance and under representation of women, girls and ethnic minorities choosing STEM subjects and working in STEM industriesPromote entry into STEM careers through work-based/ apprenticeship pathways Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Nairn FREE Bite sized workshops (Nov to Jan). Nairn Workclub Nairn Workclub - FREE Bite sized workshops (Nov to Jan). Registration preferred but 'Drop In' is also welcome. Contact: Jenni Christie ­ 07818 588 257 Email: OR register at Nairn Community Centre Reception Desk. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT VACANCY - Education Development Manager, Highlands Education Development Manager - Highlands Based in Inverness Fixed Term to 30th June 2017 Part time 21 hours per week Salary Range: Grade D £30,388 to £34,728 per annum (pro rata)   The Workers' Educational Association is a charity and the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We are a charity with a strong sense of social purpose, dedicated to bringing great teaching into the heart of local communities.  All our educational provision is developed with this in mind and our courses can be set up almost anywhere - for example in clubs, community centres, village halls, schools, pubs or where people work.   WEA are looking to appoint an Education Development Manager, who will be expected to lead and manage on the development and delivery of the full range of WEA activities in Community and Workplace based adult learning.    The post-holder will have the ability to develop and maintain effective links with external strategic bodies; ability to win resources, prepare funding applications; manage a range of budgets and projects and manage the work of Course Tutors and other staff to ensure the highest quality of adult learning.    We offer generous terms and conditions including 30 days holiday (plus bank holidays), pension scheme - subject to eligibility. Please note holiday entitlement, including bank holidays is pro rata for part time staff. The closing date for applications is by 5pm Monday 14 November 2016.   Interviews will be held in late November/ early December 2016.   Further information and an application pack for the above post are available electronically from the WEA website.The WEA is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity in its employment practices and service delivery.   The WORKERS' EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1112775) and in Scotland (number SC039239) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 2806910).  Registered address is WEA, 4 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4XW. Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Faultline Festival - Inverness 4 - 6 Nov 2016 A grassroots community arts festival.....Music, theatre, spoken word, comedy, sketches and sessions! The Faultline Festival was Inverness's s home grown arts festival which was established in 1986 and ran for approximately six years. It promoted concerts, arts events and stage shows such as the satirical review The Kilt Is Our Demise!, from which evolved the award-winning Dogstar Theatre Company, amongst other things. Many who were involved then are still working in or around the arts or are still very much in touch with each other and decided to celebrate the 30 yrs since it began with some events in Nov 2016, with a view to starting a new festival in 2017 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT WEA VACANCY - Learning & Development Officer ESOL Please note: This vacancy is unrelated to the Women@Work Project. If you require any further information please contact WEA HQ in Edinburgh 0131 226 3456.The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is a charity and the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We are a charity with a strong sense of social purpose, dedicated to bringing great teaching into the heart of local communities.  All our educational provision is developed with this in mind and our courses can be set up almost anywhere - for example in clubs, community centres, village halls, schools, pubs or where people work. The WEA is seeking a Learning and Development Officer who should be an experienced and qualified ESOL practitioner to co-ordinate a range of ESOL delivery, to include professional training, in areas of Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.   The Learning and Development Officer will:      Allocate, support and supervise ESOL tutors, and oversee quality of teaching in: ESOL for migrant workers and Syrian New Scots in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Co-ordinate delivery of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), provision Foster effective partnership working with other ESOL providers and community-based staff in all relevant areas  The Closing date for applications is by noon on Friday the 21th October 2016.  Interviews will be held in Aberdeen on Monday 31st of October 2016. Further information and an application pack for the above post are available electronically from our website, and also the WEA Women@Work websit or download  here 1. RECRUIMENT PACK  2. APPLICATION FORMPlease note: This vacancy is unrelated to the Women@Work Project. If you require any further information please contact WEA HQ in Edinburgh 0131 226 3456.The WEA is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity in its employment practices and service delivery. The WORKERS' EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1112775) and in Scotland (number SC039239) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 2806910).  Registered address is WEA, 4 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4XW. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT VACANCY: WEA DEPUTE DIRECTOR – HEAD OF EDUCATION AND QUALITY The WEA are seeking a Depute Director to take lead responsibility for the design, development delivery and quality of its education provision. The Depute Director will lead manage and support three Education Development Managers and all the education staff to deliver life changing learning programmes that are high quality, educationally excellent and ensures that the WEA makes the greatest possible impact with people and communities across Scotland.The Depute Director will have a high profile role throughout Scotland representing the WEA on a number of strategic partnerships and being the lead contact with Education Scotland, the SQA, government agencies and WEA funders. They will also deputise for and represent the Interim Director for the WEA in Scotland as and when necessary and liaise with a number of WEA partners including local authorities, trade unions, voluntary and community organisations and other education providers.The Depute Director will also be responsible and accountable for education targets, budgets, performance monitoring and compliance. They will also work with the Interim Director and the Business Development Manager to target and identify opportunities to grow and develop the WEA and to look for new ways to improve organisational sustainability through greater diversification of income streams.This will be a hugely challenging but rewarding role with an organisation committed to providing adult education at the heart of communities and ensuring that everyone in society has an opportunity to succeed. If this sounds like the kind of role and place you would like to work, we would love to hear from youThe Closing date for applications is by 14th October 2016.  Interview will be held in early November.Further information and an application pack for the above post are available electronically from our website or can be downloaded here.The WEA is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity in its employment practices and service delivery. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Inverness, Local Heroes, Thursdays 22 Sept - 3 Nov 2016, 10am - 1pm, Spectrum Centre Local Heroes - The Inverness Champions of: Early History and the Creation of Inverness 20th Century Wars Local Decision Makers Business and Commerce Education, Religion, Entertainment, Sports, Media, Medicine and the Arts Thursdays 10am - 1pm 22 Sept - 3 Nov 2016 (escluding 13 & 20 Oct) x 5 sessions The Spectrum Centre, Farraline Park, Inverness Tutor: Maureen Kenyon Cost: £3 per session For more information or to book a place, please contact or telephone 01463 710577 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Nairn, Having The Time of Our Lives, 30 Sept, 21 Oct, 11 Nov, 10am-4pm, Nairn Arts and Community Centre A free course supporting self-employed women in later life transition.Are you a self-employed woman over 50?  Do you want you to take some time to think about your future?  Come along to Having the Time of Our Lives.  Using practices in mindfulness, wellbeing and creative process we will explore together the territory of transition so that we can create the change we want to see."Exceeded expectations. After week 1 I really looked forward to weeks 2 and 3 a lot. I have enjoyed every minute. The group was friendly, close knit, inclusive, welcoming, informal, trusting." " It was interesting, stimulating, thought provoking, relaxing. I enjoyed the writing prompts and the developing discussions, meeting others with different experiences of work and life. The content and facilitation were both excellent.  "                                                                                                    " I know more about what I am doing as I go forward. It has made me more sure of myself" Led by Margot Henderson, poet, storyteller and community artist. Margot is a qualified adult education tutor, counsellor and integrative arts therapist. Sept 30th, Oct 21st and Nov 11th 201610:00 pm - 4:00 pm Nairn Arts and Community CentreKings StreetNairnIV12 4BQ To book a place or for further information please contact the WEA 01463 710577 or email:              Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Inverness, The Best Is Yet To Come, Tuesdays, 6 Sept - 11 Oct 2016, 6.30pm – 9.00pm, Spectrum Centre Are you over 50? Are you thinking of retiring or recently retired? Are you facing redundancy? Then this FREE course is for you - The Best Is Yet To Come A WEA course supporting people in transition from work to retirement and in later life.Tuesday Evenings -  6.30 pm - 9.00 pm 6th September - 11th October  2016 (x 6 sessions) Spectrum Centre, Farraline Park,  Inverness  (Bus station)We will explore key themes around transition using tried and tested practices in mindfulness, wellbeing and creative reflection, this course aims to enhance participants' well-being, resilience and social connectedness.  Some comments from previous participants:"This course exceeded my expectations" "I came along feeling unsure what to expect and left feeling I was heading forward with enthusiasm" "I feel more positive but in a realistic way" "All staff considering retirement should go on a course like this"Margot Henderson is a Poet, Storyteller and Community Artist. She leads Mindfulness Meditation, Creative Writing and Wellbeing Groups. She is a qualified Adult Education Tutor, Counsellor, Integrative Arts Therapist and Mindfulness Practitioner.  To book a place or for further information please contact the WEA office on: 01463 710577 or email Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Inverness, Words Work Well, Saturday 18 June, Spectrum Centre Words Work WellAn Introduction to BibliotherapyTreasures in the Chest & LifelinesWith Mandy Haggith and Margot HendersonTreasures in The ChestA day of creative enquiry for writers, storytellers and all those interested in working with words for wellbeing. Using the Words for Well-Being Bibliotherapy Toolkit we will explore the value of creative imagination and the gift of facilitation.LifelinesTogether we will explore how reading and writing about the natural world can offer us a lifeline in the stormy seas of our hearts. We'll look at how the bibliotherapy toolkit can help guide us towards words that can be healing and helpful in difficult times. Margot Henderson is a Scots-Irish Poet, Storyteller and Community Artist. Much of her work is socially engaged and site specific, celebrating community and our connection to the natural environment. Since returning to Scotland in 2002, she has been the Storytelling Fellow for Aberdeen, Writer in Residence for The Cromarty Arts Trust and Reader in Residence for Inverness. She leads an expressive writing group at Maggie's Highlands. She practises and teaches Mindfulness Meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a Cultural Creative with Nature Culture Scotland.Mandy Haggith is a poet, author and environmental activist who lives in Assynt, in the NW Highlands of Scotland. As poet in residence at the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, she celebrated the ancient relationship between nature and writing exemplified by the Gaelic Tree Alphabet. Her gathering of poems about trees from around the world resulted in the anthology, Into the Forest. Her most recent novel is Bear Witness. She is an enthusiastic and experienced workshop leader and loves helping others to express themselves in words. Book through Eventbrite - Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Women on Board – Quality through Diversity event hosted by HIE and organised by Changing the Chemistry, which was webcast from Inverness in May.  Many thanks for your interest in the Women on Board – Quality through Diversity event hosted by HIE and organised by Changing the Chemistry, which was webcast from Inverness in May.  Five videos of the presentations and discussion from the event are now available to view via the HIE website.   You can find them here  by scrolling down and following the links at the left hand side of the page.  They’re also available on a Women on Board playlist on HIE’s YouTube channel:  You may be interested to know that we are currently planning further events later this year to promote upcoming opportunities on the HIE Board in particular.  We expect to run a session on 7 September in Edinburgh and another, including webcast, on 14 September in Inverness.  If you would like to be kept informed, please let me know by reply.  Details will also be published online by HIE and Changing the Chemistry.  Best wishes Alison MacNeill, Regional Development Directorate Administrator. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Poverty Alliance -Tackling Poverty Together - Presentation Poverty Alliance -Tackling Poverty Together - Presentation  Click here to access the presentation Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT WEA Women@Work Three Year Report - Project Evaluation 2012-2015 The WEA Women@Work Project (W@W) is a network providing information, training and support to women in Highland and Argyll and Bute regions. It enables women to speak about issues that matter to them at home, work and in the community and as a result have increased confidence to take action. The purpose of this report is to look at how these targets were met and what changes came about as the project developed. Please download the report here Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Results of the Winter Survey 2014/15 The Workers’ Educational Association Women@Work Project started in spring of 1999 with a focus on the provision of removing inequalities for professional and business women.   The Women@Work Project received new funding in 2012 for a three year project to run from 2012 – 2015. The 2012 – 2015 Project has a different set of targets from previous years being.  Young women (defined for this project as under 30 years old), Low paid women, Women living in rural areas, Black and ethnic minority women,.  The main purpose for engaging with the target groups mentioned above are to address, Employment, Economic activity, Gender segregation, Gender imbalance.      ¨    Employment ¨    Economic activity ¨    Gender segregation ¨    Gender imbalance An initial survey was undertaken in 2012 at the start of the new three-year project to assess the current network demographics and level of engagement.  This survey was then followed by another survey in 2013, and in 2014, to assess the level of change in participation and engagement.   These survey results will be used to assist in the continual development of the level and type of activity required to meet the new targets of the 2012 – 2015 Project.  This report provides the results of the 2014 survey and shows comparisons with both previous surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013.  For the rest of the findings please download here. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Women's History Scotland Women’s History Scotland exists to promote study and research in women’s and gender history, particularly for those working in Scotland or working on Scottish themes. It has a commitment to history at all levels and aims to provide a network of information and support to all. Browse our website for news of activities and projects concerning women’s and gender history in Scotland.  Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Business Gateway Inverness Business Gateway run regular events across Highland that are a great way to learn new business skills, develop your knowledge, and network with other local businesses.   You can search for events on this page by topic, or by location. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT UK’s Response to the UNECE Questionnaire published in July 2014. Response of the Government of the United Kingdom and its Devolved Administrations to the UNECE Questionnaire on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the Outcome of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly (2000) June 2014Download file here.  Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT WEA Conference 2014: Women in Public Life Video This is a link to the WEA Conference 2014: Women in Public Life Video.  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Scottish Womens Convention Briefing Papers The SWC have been holding referendum events for women since the beginning of the year, and questions around the constitution have arisen at most of these, along with a number of other issues.  Women have made it clear to us that they want to know what would happen with the constitution if there is a Yes vote. In light of this, the SWC has produced a briefing paper around the consultation, which breaks it down to the key points and changes the jargon used into language that everyone can understand. Please note that reports from the referendum events we have held are available on our website.  We have also produced briefing papers on a variety of different topics, which can be found on our website   please click here for briefing papers Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Scotland General Law, Order and Public Safety Launch of Violence Against Women and Girls strategy This week we launched our strategy “Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls” after many months in development. Equally Safe sets out Scotland's vision for tackling all forms of violence against women and girls, and we are incredibly thankful to all our partners for providing their expertise and knowledge which has greatly informed the final document. The strategy will inform our work in years to come and we believe it is something that we can all be proud of.Click here to download.    Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Breaking the Mould Newsletter Breaking the Mould's, Edinburgh Heritage Trail: Seeking Out the Hidden Heroines of Edinburgh.  Click here to download Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 “Should Scotland be an independent country?”  “If more people vote ‘Yes’ than vote ‘No’ in the referendum, Scotland would become an independent country. This would not happen straight away. There would need to be negotiations between people representing Scotland and people representing the UK.”  Joint Statement.Scottish Government & UK Government June 2014To View the presentation please click here.  Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Education Working For All! Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Final Report Please click here to download report Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Education Working For All!  Education Working For All! Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Final Report.  CHAIRMAN’S FOREWORD - I have pleasure in presenting the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Final Report.  Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Women@Work Annual report 2013-2014 including results from 2012-2013 An initial survey was undertaken in 2012 at the start of the new three-year project to assess the current network demographics and level of engagement.  This survey was then followed by another in 2013 to assess the level of change in participation and engagement.   These survey results will be used to assist in the continual development of the level and type of activity required to meet the new targets of the 2012 – 2015 Project.  This report provides the results of the 2013 survey and shows comparisons with the 2012 survey. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Case Study Wives of Army Personnel A group of potential learners was first identified when the WEA Women at Work Project Coordinator,  Catherine Findlay, made contact with the Welfare Officer of the Army Welfare Centre in Wimberley Way,  Inverness. Initially, a consultation meeting was set up to give the army wives an opportunity to express their views on their learning needs and interests. Unfortunately, poor attendance at that session meant that decisions about the way forward had to be based on the attendance records of previous classes provided by WEA Scotland. From those records, it was found that sessions which focused on crafts had been most. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Women in Business If you are a woman setting up a business, you will boost your chances of success by accessing the right networks and mentors. Overview More and more women are seeing self-employment as an attractive career option and are choosing to set up their own business. If you are a woman who is considering setting up a business, you will boost your chances of success by accessing the right networks and mentors. Speaking to other business women and working with a mentor can help you develop your business idea. It will also pinpoint strategies for growth. Women into Business events are run by some local Business Gateway offices. They give you the opportunity to exchange ideas with other local business women and improve your business skills. This guide will help you to identify and access the support that has been specially developed to help women in business  Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT Thematic and Skills-based Workshops for non-native speakers of English What is clear when you first meet this group is the remarkable bond between the women.  the affection and openness with which they greet not only each other but anyone who comes into the room reveals a core strength and confidence which may not have been present as individuals. The things we take for granted, helping others, sharing knowledge and know-how, activities which routinely contribute to a sense of self-worth, self-esteem and empowerment are diminished when language skills are compromised.  However, the regularity of the Women@Work classes, the warmth and dedication of the tutors, the variety of of focal points which shift according to students needs and goals, and the consistent attendees help ensure that the diffuse impact of the Women@Work workshops are positive, profound and long-lasting. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Women in Public Life: Welsh approach n 2012 the Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, hosted a series of seminars on the theme of Women in Public Life. Starting from an examination of the barriers to increasing women's representation, outlined in the "Who runs Wales" report produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, panels of influential women from different sectors were engaged in discussions looking at the barriers to women's participation in public life. The first seminar was held in the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay on 8 March as part of the programme of events organised to mark International Women's Day 2012. Key findings from the individual seminars informed the content for a national conference where panels of experts and guest speakers offered practical solutions for enhancing the representation of women in public life. The outcomes of the conference mandated the Presiding Officer to write to Party Leaders asking their parties to consider steps to ensure more women are putting themselves up for election in 2016. The Presiding Officer has also launched a series of lectures profiling eminent role models in traditionally male-dominated spheres; this web portal which will contain details of public appointments in Wales as well as opportunities for appropriate training; and a mentoring scheme aimed at women that will provide intensive personal development and skills training; one to one mentoring support; and role shadowing opportunities at the highest levels to motivate and encourage a number of participants across Wales to be able to successfully apply for public appointments at all levels locally, regionally and nationally. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Living Life to the Full - a link to an online resource This is a pointer to an online resource that may interest our network.   The course has been written by a Psychiatrist who has many years of experience using a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach and also in helping people use these skills in everyday life. During the development phase of the course, each module has been used by a wide range of health care practitioners and members of the public. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT CareerWISE Initiative - request for employer participation CareerWISE initiative - request for employer participation CareerWISE is a Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET initiative aiming to encourage more girls and women to consider science, engineering and technology careers by providing female school pupils and students in college or university with information on the types of career opportunities in SET and the route into these sectors through work experience and work placements. SRC are looking for employers who operate in the IT, technology, engineering, science, or built environment sectors and who are committed to gender diversity to: • Provide one week work experience placement for girls in S4 between September and December 2014• Provide paid summer work placements for female undergraduate SET students between June and August 2014 that range between 4-12 weeks placements This is a unique opportunity to promote your organisation to female students and establish connections with talented women at all stages of education that are keen to bring their skills and talents into SET industries in Scotland and help your business develop. By participating in the initiative employers will benefit from increasing your profile through PR opportunities to showcase your organization as an employer of choice for women in SET and to develop good practice in attracting and recruiting female talent. Employers will also be awarded a SRC accreditation in recognition of your commitment to diversity at the end of the programme in February 2015. Can you or your organisation help inspire the next generation? If so, please contact Joanna Glenfield of SRC at or 0131 455 2267.   Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Where to get help for Fuel Poverty Fuel Poverty as defined by the Third Force News..The usual definition of fuel poverty is the need to spend 10% or more of your income to pay for fuel bills. Therefore around 900,000 households in Scotland - more than one in three - are estimated to be in fuel poverty and unable to afford adequate warmth in the home. For advice and grants available go to Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT W.E.A. North Highland Local Association AUTUMN LUNCHTIME TALKS W.E.A. North Highland Local Association AUTUMN  LUNCHTIME TALKS  2013 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm   DINGWALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Weds. 11th Sept   Cynthia Rogerson, novelist and Programme Director of Moniack Mhor Writers Centre will be talking about what residential writing courses are like, and the current exciting developments at the centre. Dingwall Community Centre Weds 25th Sept   Mike Grantham - Rewarding Dogs A dog whisperer's insight into the psychological relationship between man and his best friend: a look at ways of how to tackle issues and problems with all kinds of dogs. Followed by North Highland Local Association - AGM - all welcome.  Refreshments Dingwall Community Centre Weds.  9th Oct   Heather Cary, local artist and tutor from Dingwall Art Group 'An introduction to art, its history and many forms. Dingwall Community Centre   PERRINS CENTRE, ALNESS Weds 16th Oct       Susan Kruse (ARCH) Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands, Evanton Wartime Remains - This talk describes a project which focussed on the wartime remains in Evanton, gathering memories, researching archives and plans and aerial photographs, georeferencing resources, and recording surviving remains. Perrins Centre, Alness   Weds. 6th Nov   John Batty, Drama Artist, Eden Court.   The Uses of Drama - How watching and participating in drama can affect our everyday life. Perrins Centre, Alness   Weds. 20th Nov   Bee-keeping - An inside story.  Illustrated talk by local bee-keeper, Robert Wylie, who will share his insights on keeping bees - the pleasures and the pitfalls.. Perrins Centre, Alness    (Cost £2 minimum donation for each talk - All Welcome - no need to pre-book) Please contact the office if disability access is required: 01463 710577  or email: The WORKERS' EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1112775) and in Scotland (number SCO39239) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 2806910). Registered address is WEA, 4 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4XW    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Railways in the Highlands Railways in the Highlands 4th October 10:00 - 15:00 Highland Archaeology Festival free event.  As part of the Highland Archaeology Festival we will be hosting a one day event 'Railways in the Highlands'.  Talks, archive display, and 'Was Your Ancestor a Railway Man ?'  Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT A Bright Future for Women in STEM: Post Conference Report A summary report of the STEM Conference held in March 2013. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Topic Paper: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) This paper provides key facts, contacts and links to research for those wanting to know more about STEM in Scotland.Author Jennifer Boyle  Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT BSL Sign Language Classes Here is the 2013-14 timetable for the British Sign Language classes. We have this year Level 1 classes in Inverness, Wick, Dingwall and Aviemore. It came to our attention that students leaving far away from Inverness did not have access to our classic 2 hour Level 2 classes. This is why we introduced an intensive Level 2 weekend in Inverness, every month from September 2013 to May 2014. We expect this particular class to be popular, so please send in your application form as soon as possible. We still offer a weekly Level 2 on Thursdays. We advise you to book a whole level (each level is made of 3 modules): those who do so will be prior to those who sign up for a single module. If you are interested, please fill in the Application Form, which is attached for your convenience. You can email it back or post it to address below my signature. Alexia (see below for contact details) will update you on your application at the very beginning of August. Alexia GreigDeaf Communication Project Worker/AdministratorDeaf Centre16 Kenneth StreetInvernessIV3 5NR 01463 24810207765 898689 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT BSL Sign Language Classes Timetable attached Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Transformative Economics; shaping a sustainable, secure and socially just Scotland International Women's Day 2013 Engender held a conference on, ‘Transformative Economics; shaping a sustainable, secure and socially just Scotland.' The day heard from many wonderful speakers and inspired much discussion on what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for women in Scotland. If you would like further insight into the day's discussion and presentations please read Engender's report Transformative Economics - Conference Report 2013. If you follow this link: you will also be able to have a look at the presentations. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Adult Learners' Week 18 - 24 May 2013 A range of events are taking place over the week including an opportunity to meet WEA's Sue Mitchell to learn about projects and classes over a cuppa. See attached document for more details Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Language awareness course for front-line staff Language awareness course for front-line staff   Language / communication barriers are usually the principal difficulties encountered when delivering services to migrant communities. This short language awareness course explores simple but effective ways of making spoken and written English more understandable to non-native speakers. It is aimed at front-line staff from a variety of public and voluntary service providers. This course is delivered online over a period of two weeks. Participants are invited to download weekly tasks and take part in online forum discussions.   Aims and objectives 1. To raise awareness of language barriers faced by non-native speakers of English. 2. To develop strategies for communicating clearly and effectively with non-native speakers of English. 3. To increase confidence in dealing with people from different language groups. 4. To raise awareness of own practice. 5. To raise awareness of strategies for dealing with language barriers. 6. To provide a forum for the sharing of experience and good practice.   Course dates The course will take place from 19 April – 2 May 2013. The course requires approximately 4 - 5 hours per week (at any time to suit) over a period of 2 weeks.   Cost The course is free and funded through the European Social Fund/Highland Council.   Criteria for selection Places will be limited to 12. Priority will be given to front-line staff in the public and voluntary sector in Highland. All candidates should have sound ICT skills.   Contact details To enrol on the course, please complete the application form and return it as soon as possible to Gillian Scott, ESOL Tutor Training Coordinator:   Gillian Scott The Workers' Educational Association David Whyte House 57 Church Street Inverness IV1 1DR         Tel: 07851 413276       Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Accredited ESOL Initial Tutor Training Course, Inverness Accredited ESOL Initial Tutor Training Course, Inverness 19 April – 21 June 2013     The PDA ITESOL (Professional Development Award: Introduction to Tutoring English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a first-stage national qualification, consisting of two units. The awarding body is the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority). The award is aimed at new ESOL tutors, volunteers and tutor assistants and sits at Level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF).   The WEA will run unit one of the award from April till June 2013. It is offered as a blended learning version (mainly online course, with 3 face-to-face sessions), leading to accreditation of unit 1, ‘Language and Learning in ESOL’. It is important that participants feel confident about their computer skills and using an online platform (Moodle).   We anticipate offering Unit 2 ‘Developing ESOL Tutoring Skills’ later in the year, once funding is confirmed.   The course will provide candidates with the basic necessary skills and knowledge to allow them to successfully negotiate and deliver ESOL in a supported context. As well as introducing key terminology, it will provide opportunities to explore the nature of language learning from the learner’s perspective.     The PDA ITESOL Unit 1 – Language and Learning in ESOL   factors affecting ESOL learning lexical, grammatical and phonological features of the English language language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) factors affecting language selection in ESOL tutoring     Delivery will include input sessions and online support from Gillian Scott and Melanie Danet, both experienced ESOL practitioners. There will be extensive use of discussion and reflection on candidates’ own experiences of learning. Candidates will be expected to contribute to group discussions and work in small groups/pairs on tasks which will give insights into and understanding of issues in ESOL. Unit 1 will be done mainly online, with three face-to-face sessions in Inverness on specific dates.   Candidates will be assessed by means of written accounts and closed-book assessments for Unit 1. Please note that the course requires full commitment and approximately 5 – 7 hours’ study per week.   Further information about the award can be obtained from the SQA website ‘PDA in Introduction to Tutoring ESOL at SCQF level 6 Arrangements Document’        Dates & Times   Unit 1: Friday 19 April to 21 June 2013 You must be able to attend three face-to-face sessions in Inverness on Friday 19 April, 24 May and 21 June 2013. These sessions will take place from 10:30 – 15:00 (break 12:30 – 13:15) in the Highland Homeless Trust training room.     Venue Highland Homeless Trust David Whyte House (basement)* 57 Church Street Inverness IV1 1DR * The training room is down a short flight of stairs. If you have access issues, please contact Gillian as soon as possible.     Criteria for selection ·         Places will be limited to 12. ·         Priority will be given to those already working with (an) ESOL learner(s) or about to work with a learner within the ESOL Highland Providers Group. ·         All candidates should have an excellent command of oral and written English. Candidates whose first language is not English should have English language competence at ESOL Higher level or equivalent. ·         All candidates should have sound ICT skills. ·         Applicants must complete and return an application form before being accepted onto the course.     Cost The course is free to participants in the Highland region and funded through the European Social Fund/Highland Council. Tea/coffee will be provided. Please note that the WEA are unable to reimburse any travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.     Contact details If you are interested in enrolling on the course, please complete the application form and return it as soon as possible and by the deadline of 8 April 2013 to Gillian Scott, ESOL Tutor Training Coordinator:   Gillian Scott The Workers' Educational Association David Whyte House 57 Church Street Inverness IV1 1DR           Tel: 07851 413276                         Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme: Funding and Support The Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme is funded by Lloyds Banking Group, with support from Nominet Trust, which is funding internet-focused projects as part of the programme. The programme will comprise comprehensive support from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) through its innovative 'action learning' programmes. Individuals who are leading or planning to set up a project or social enterprise organisation which will create social change in the UK may apply.  Criteria must be met: Entrants must be aged 16 years or over and live in the UK The 2013 programme is being delivered in Scotland for Start Ups Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Inspirational Women - Dr Kathleen McDougall Highland research scientist takes up schools advisory role  Research scientist Dr Kathleen McDougall has been appointed by the University of the Highlands and Islands to support teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM subjects, in schools across the region.   As an adviser for the STEM curriculum, Dr McDougall will be visiting schools across the region, providing resources and information, and encouraging them to incorporate the expertise and enthusiasm of local volunteer STEM ambassadors from industry and academia.   The university recently formed a partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to run the STEMNET contract for 2011-2015. This includes managing the STEM ambassador programme and schools advisory service across the region.   Previously a researcher for seven years at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) in Thurso, part of North Highland College UHI, Dr McDougall will be championing the work of more than 500 ambassadors from more than 100 organisations and businesses in the Highlands and Islands who bring the STEM subjects alive through their own experiences.   Caithness-born Dr McDougall, a former pupil at Thurso High School, trained as a biologist and studied anatomy for her honours degree. She investigated human bone repair and biomaterials for her doctorate, and then worked in osteoporosis (often known as fragile bone disease) research. She also worked in the United States at the University of Rochester on mechanisms of bone development and repair.   Her more recent career involved environmental research in projects including the diet of seabirds and stress in warm water corals, plus support roles in rocky shore fieldwork and use of an electron microscope at the ERI.      “I have been interested in science since I was young and I’ve enjoyed a varied career working in different scientific disciplines. I will be giving young people an insight into the world of science, technology, engineering and maths, and the many career paths they can follow,” Dr McDougall said.   “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are dynamic - changing all the time - and we have to keep moving to keep up. The STEM programme, by supporting the Curriculum for Excellence, introduces young people to the world of these subjects in a cross-curricular manner, where they can see their application everyday life, together with current challenges and those of the future.”   Ambassadors represent all STEM disciplines and at all levels, from apprentice engineers to chief executives. They act as a free resource to all secondary schools across the region and can help with classroom projects, lunchtime STEM clubs or by giving careers talks.   Ian Leslie, dean of science, health and education at the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: “We have a key role to play in increasing awareness of STEM and the opportunities available locally. By reaching outside the classroom, teachers and lecturers collaborate across subjects, enhance and enrich the school curriculum, make links with the world of work, and use varied contexts to help young people relate school science and mathematics with their real-world experience of STEM.”   “Effective and inspiring teachers are vital to raising students” enjoyment of, enthusiasm for, and achievement in STEM subjects - and through our delivery of the STEMNET Schools Advisory Service, we intend to support them in the best way we can."   Dr McDougall can be contacted on 01463 279351 or email   For more information visit  and   Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Healthy Homes for Highland - Referral Scheme Healthy Homes for Highland (HHH) is simple and quick multi-agency referral scheme. It aims to tackle fuel poverty, increase incomes and prevent fires.  With the involvement of front-line staff and voluntary organisations, it helps reach vulnerable and hard-to-reach households who can benefit most from the advice and help.  Healthy Homes is an easy way to refer people for help and advice through one referral. Anyone referred can get free advice and assistance with: Making their home warmer and ways to reduce their fuel bills. Making their home safer through a Home Fire Safety Check (including free smoke alarms). Getting more income from tax credits and benefits and access to other entitlements. Debt counselling to deal with debts. Voluntary and front line workers can quickly and easily make referrals by using the simple referral card, e-referral form or helping the householder to call: 0800 512 012 (free from landline) or 0300 456 2655 from a mobile. Referrals are co-ordinated by the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre (ESSac).  The core partners are:  Highland Council; Highlands & Islands Fire and Rescue Services; Highlands & Islands ESSac and NHS Highland. Other organisations like the CABx are also involved. More information and materials (e.g. leaflet for frontline staff, cards, FAQS etc.) are available from the Highland Council's website at: 'Training' is available for Groups, managers, volunteers etc..  Short presentations can be delivered by colleagues from ESSac and/or Highlands &Island Fire & Rescue Service.  They have been designed to fit into team meetings or other forums. Easy to use 'Training for trainers' materials are available. To arrange a session for managers or key frontline staff, organisations should contact Alan Grant at ESSac in Inverness.  Alan's email address is:   Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Inspirational Women - Mary Rhind Inspirational interview - Mary Rhind (Jan 2013)Name    Mary Rhind Job title   Adult Literacies Coordinator for Highland with High Life Highland   Tell us a bit about your role      I coordinate and promote partnership working between organisations to deliver literacy and numeracy to adults in Highland who may have missed out at school in gaining some of the basic skills that many of us take for granted.  I also manage English for Speakers of Other Languages for High Life Highland, again in partnership with many other organisations.   Relationship to W@W e.g. Advisory group member, Network work member I work closely with the WEA staff on many things.   Hobbies are reading, writing, spinning (wool), walking, gardening   1.    What would you tell your 16 year old self? Always trust your instincts - and don't dither with decisions that aren't life threatening.  Just make them and move on.     2.    What was your first Job? First real job, not counting hotel work as a student or the craft work I did and sold to make ends meet when the children were young, was as a Gaelic Development Officer with Comunn na Gaidhlig.  I was your truly green and petrified woman "returner" to the workforce with zero confidence though it was astounding to be paid good money to have such an enjoyable job.  Still winging it today!     3.    What Woman/Women have inspired you? Freya Stark who was born in 1893.  Often ill as a child she did a lot of reading and became fascinated with the Middle East through reading One Thousand and One Nights.  At the age of 13 she has an accident in a factory where her hair got stuck in a machine requiring lots of skin grafts and leaving her permanently disfigured.  Despite this, after a spell as a nurse in World War 1, she went on as an adult to trek widely in Iran and Arabia in dangerous and remote places where very few Westerners had ever been and certainly no Western women. She wrote extensively about her travels.  Her last major trek was to Afghanistan when she was in her seventies.  She went on to live till she was 100.     4.    What one change do you believe would make the biggest difference to the life of women? To be given the spirit of confidence in themselves.     5.    Who would be your ideal dinner guests?   I would love to have Freya Stark (see above), also Beatrix Potter who in her own way became her own woman and went on to preserve farming life in the Lake District and Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, who, a French widow in a Scottish male dominated society in the 16th century held the Regency of Scotland until her daughter was old enough to become Queen, sacrificing almost all the time she might have spent with her daughter.   6.    What is the best advice you have been given? Always make time for your passions.  The rest of your life (and those around you) will benefit from it.   7.    Favourite holiday spot? Crail in Fife.  All my childhood holidays were spent there and, although it is now taking on some of the trappings of the modern world, it is still a place apart with natural coves and beaches where you can relax and totally forget everything. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Glasgow 2014 unveils £4million fund for Cultural Sector This Fund is a major component in the development of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, which will be a nationwide celebration. It aims to enhance the Games experience for spectators and visitors, and create a platform to showcase the best of Glasgow and Scotland's culture alongside that of the Commonwealth. Individual artists, community-led groups and arts organisations are invited to apply for awards that could range from £20,000 up to £300,000 through the scheme, which is the result of a partnership between Glasgow 2014, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life.Projects can be new and one-off events or enhancements of an existing festival or programme of work. They can feature in either or both the Scotland-wide programme Culture 2014 - which will focus on the countdown to the Games before the focus subsequently turns to other major events, such as the Ryder Cup and the Edinburgh Festivals - and Festival 2014, which will transform Glasgow during Games-time.Successful proposals will demonstrate a compelling connection to the Games, link to the journey of the Queen's Baton Relay across Scotland or to other significant Games milestones, such as 'One Year To Go'.The bulk of cultural activity will take place between June and the end of August 2014, though it is anticipated that preliminary activity will take place in 2013 and early 2014.  The deadline for applications is 22 February 2013For guidelines and application form go to:£4-million-fund-cultural-sector-celebrate-commonwealth-games . Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme Open Fund Information Session - Inverness Glasgow 2014 Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Inverness, United Kingdom To register go to Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Think, Act, Report The Home Secretary is championing 'Think, Act, Report' - a voluntary initiative to drive greater transparency on gender employment issues. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Science and Engineering Careers for Girls Mr Salmond said:"It is vitally important that, from an early age, girls make the right subject choices at school to allow them to progress through education and training toward the widest range of job opportunities possible."That's one reason why we are launching Careerwise Scotland. Working with industry and schools, we want schoolgirls to meet female engineers, manufacturers and scientists and know that those are options open just as much to them as to their male classmates."In the run up to today's historic summit, the issue of gender segregation in a number of specialisms has come to the fore."Some progress has been made. Since this conference was proposed, female employment has increased, rising by 12,000 over May-July, whilst female unemployment has fallen by 7,000. Female employment in Scotland is higher, and unemployment and inactivity rates are lower, than they are in the UK as a whole."But we know more has to be done."The independent Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group highlighted the need to support women into science and engineering, which is why we are establishing Careerwise Scotland with £250,000 to intensify engagement with schools and encourage more girls to consider these areas as career options. We will work closely with STUC and the industry to develop the way forward."Women seeking employment face a number of barriers, even in a modern Scotland. I want today's summit to develop a range of actions to help Scotland's women make a full contribution to growing Scotland's economy.Ms Constance added:"Helping more women into work is a top priority if Scotland's economy is to grow faster, and we are doing all we can to achieve that, including our plans to deliver the best package of flexible early learning and childcare anywhere in the UK. "The perception that some jobs 'just aren't for women' must also be overcome if we are to create a level playing field for all. We want to hear about the real life experiences of women, both around the difficulties they've faced and the successes they've had."The summit will focus on identifying a number of positive steps that public sector bodies, employers, trade unions, other partners and women themselves can take to ensure that nothing stands in their way of Scotland's women taking advantage of the job opportunities available."Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary added:"This important initiative can help remedy the current situation where far too few women in Scotland pursue careers in science and engineering. If the goals set out in the Government's economic strategy are to be achieved, it is essential that more women believe that they can have a viable and rewarding career in science and engineering."By encouraging young women to pursue such careers this initiative has the potential realise a significant economic and social dividend."Related informationCareerwise Scotland will be funded through the Opportunities for All stream of the Young Scots Fund over the next 3 years. The value of Scottish Government investment will be up to £250,000. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Women's Employment Summit - Evidence paper Research including- Education and Learning- Patterns of Employment- Issues in Work- Women in Enterprise- Women not in Work- Transition Phases- labour Market Trends- International Comparisions  Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) Community Grant Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) Community Grant has been extended to March 2013 Aimed at Scotland’s smaller community groups and voluntary organisations, the Community Grant provides grants of up to £1,000 and free training to groups with an annual income under £25,000. These small, volunteer-led community groups make a vital difference to their communities. Their activities keep communities vibrant and encourage community empowerment and participation. They provide essential local services and contribute to social capital, resilience and wellbeing. To apply for the £1,000 grant, groups must have: ü      An annual income below £25,000 (excluding any income for capital items such as buildings and equipment) ü      A signed constitution or set of rules in the name of the group ü      A bank account in the name of the group with 2 signatories on all cheques ü      An independent referee who can vouch for the group and has knowledge of the plans for using the grant For more information:-,1356/grants/community_grants/ Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Social Media Solutions Check out this new resources for all of you that have wanted promote your business or organisation using social media such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.Starting with Facebook: profiles or pages Solutions provides answers to the questions that stop many of us taking the next step in social media promotion.Promising regular, jargon free hints and tips, Solutions gived free advice on creating your own social media presence.  You can also find out more on Twitter or Facebook. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Can your family meet the Baby Footprints Challenge? The Highland Real Nappy Project is currently running the Baby Footprints Challenge as their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of nappy use by challenging people to abandon disposables andconvert to 'real nappies' .  HRNP claim that you can also reduce your household bills while reducing your carbon footprint. If you sign-up for the Baby Footprints Challenge today they will send you a free pack of modern quick drying real nappies, discounts and vouchers for carbon cutting products and services and lots of advice, information and support.  "It could save your family hundreds of pounds", said Ailsa Villegas, Sustainable Development Officer at Highland Council. "Even those of us without babies can help by making a personal pledge"  The Highland Real Nappy Project campaigns and promotes the benefits of real nappy use across the Highland Council area and have been supported by the Highland Council and this year were funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.  If you'd like to sign-up for the challenge contact the HRNP. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT "Unique" - Women@Work feature in new European guide. WINNET8 is a European Project to promote regional growth by improving women's participation in the labour market. The project aims to shape regional, national and EU-level policies and development programmes that relate to women's status in the labour market and ensure these policies are integrated into mainstream provision. As part of this work, Winnet* has compiled a guide to innovation and practice in Women's Resource centres across Europe.\Women@Work feature in the guide. "Women@Work are unique in the Highland Regions in terms of the learning and educational programme for women. They provide a vehicle for women's influence in decision making at local, regional and national levels. Women@Work is doing groundbreaking work to engage women in economics by examining women's contribution to micro-economics and exploring opportunities and channels of influence that women can access in terms of macro-economics. Women@Work is doing groundbreaking work to engage women in economics by examining women's contribution to micro-economics and exploring opportunities and channels of influence that women can access in terms of macro-economics, i.e. how women can exercise consumer power. Women@Work also works to improve understanding of how the economy runs and how equality and gender can be taken into account in relation to budgeting and spending patterns."Read the full report. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT TUC Women and the Cuts Toolkit This is a toolkit for trade unions, voluntary organisations, community groups and others who want to assess the human rights and equality impact of the spending cuts on women in their communities. Although the toolkit focuses on women and the cuts, much of the information it contains can be used to look at the impact of the cuts on other groups.The toolkit was written by Mary-Ann Stephenson, Chair of Coventry Women's Voices. Download the toolkit here.  Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pay gap stagnant as women's unemployment continues to rise Anna Bird, Acting Chief Executive at the Fawcett Society said: "More than 40 years after the Dagenham machinists went on strike, in a move that triggered the Equal Pay Act, women can still expect to earn less than their male counterparts. "We have become used to slow, steady progress towards gender equality but today's figures are more evidence that progress is stalling. The average gap in pay is virtually unchanging, with the mean earnings gap stuck at 15 per cent. For every hundred pounds men take home, women on average take home around £85.(1) "The gender pay gap in the private sector is still significantly greater than in the public sector (2). With the government focus now on boosting enterprise and private sector growth, there is a real risk that the pay gap will widen in the years ahead unless there is concerted action to tackle pay inequality. "With a record number of women out of work - 1.09 million women are unemployed (3) - and a persistent, stagnant gap in pay between women and men, the government needs to take action. The Fawcett Society calls on government to publish a strategy for women's employment, that seeks to protect women's access to work and deliver equal pay and fair working terms and conditions. The government must also make headway with plans to broaden flexible working rights to all employees and reform parental leave as set out in the Modern Workplaces consultation, which will contribute to a more equal society." (1) ONS statistics found: Men's mean hourly earnings were £16.44, up 1.1 per cent from £16.27 in 2010. Women's mean hourly earnings increased by 1.8 per cent to £14.00 compared with £13.75 in 2010.This means that the gender pay difference has shifted slightly from 15.5 per cent in 2010 to 14.9 per cent in 2011. The Office for National Statistics prefers to use the median calculation of the gender pay gap, which neutralises the effect of having a small group of very highly paid male employees (CEOs in the private sector are overwhelmingly men) and a concentration of women in the lowest paid jobs (including school midday assistants - the ONS press release highlights the widening gap between these lowest paid and highest paid occupations). Fawcett uses the mean, because it allows the extreme pay levels at either end of the scale to be factored in. (2) The gap in the public sector stands at 13.2 per cent; in the private sector this stands at 20.4 per cent. These figures are ascertained using the following calculation: Public sector: [(Male full-time hourly pay excluding overtime of 18.22 per cent - female full-time hourly pay excluding overtime of 15.81) / male full-time hourly pay excluding overtime of 18.22 per cent] x 100 = 13.2 per cent. Private sector: [(Male full-time hourly pay excluding overtime of 15.92 per cent - female full-time hourly pay excluding overtime of 12.67) / male full-time hourly pay excluding overtime of 15.92 per cent] x 100 = 20.4 per cent.The full ONS report can be downloaded here.  Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Equality remains fragile for Scottish women Scottish women face higher levels of unemployment and financial instability than their male counterparts.New government research claims that improvements in female equality remain fragile when it comes to the gender pay gap, employment and poverty.  Despite limited growth in the Scottish economy, women remain over represented when it comes to poverty and unemployment.  A new report from Scottish Government Social Research states that women in Scotland: Undertake the majority of care giving Are disproportionately and negatively affected by welfare reforms Are less likely to have savings and to be coping financially Although women generally have higher qualifications they also experience lower rates of income and higher unemployment. Single female parents and pensioners are more likely to be living in poverty and women are generally more likely to be economcally inactive or unemployed. The gender pay gap remains a staggering 17.2%.  Amid claims from some that the recession is over, public sector cuts have yet to fully make their effect felt and women look likely to be the main victims.Nearly half of all women employed in Scotland work in the public, education or health sectors. In consequence, public sector cuts will have a disproportionate impact on women.These worrying findings show that gender equality must remain high on the agenda and point to the need for policies designed to address the needs of women.  For more information The position of Scotland's equality groups - revisiting resilience in 2011. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Gender equality and development - The World Bank The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development finds that women's lives around the world have improved dramatically, but gaps remain in many areas. The authors use a conceptual framework to examine progress to date, and then recommend policy actions.For more visit WDR.  Wed, 2 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Understanding and Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment A growing number of organizations are committed to strengthening women economically, but few understand exactly how to make it happen. Nor are they clear how to evaluate whether their efforts are successful. To help address this need, ICRW today launches its latest report, "Understanding and Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment." One of its authors, ICRW's Anju Malhotra, highlights below a few findings from the research that guided the document. Malhotra responded to questions via email. ICRW: Our latest report lays out a framework to guide the design, implementation and evaluation of programs that aim to advance women economically. How did researchers determine there was a need for this? Anju Malhotra: In the past few years, and especially the last few months, ICRW has been approached by a number of organizations seeking clarity and guidance on this point. We responded to this demand by developing the framework featured in our report. An increasing number of organizations and individuals understand the importance of advancing women economically. But they are less clear on the exact steps to take in bringing it about. And they are seeking markers of success: How will they know empowerment has been achieved? Based on ICRW's research and programmatic experience in this area, we felt that clarity on these points would be welcome by a large number of stakeholders committed to economically empowering women. ICRW: What must governments, corporations, donors and nongovernmental organizations consider if they want to include women more in the global marketplace and help strengthen them economically? AM: Recognize that women are both producers and consumers in an economy. Consider women in the full range of their productive activities and the contributions they make. Like all entrepreneurs and workers, women need resources and skills to thrive and help economies grow. They need access to banks, markets and companies. They need policies that will create an environment for them to progress economically. Unfortunately, the reality for most women is that their opportunities and access to money and power are often limited. So we need to ensure equal access. Women also are important to economies as consumers. They buy staples like food, shelter and clothing. As their buying power rises, they are increasingly a market for education and health services as well as goods such as scooters, cars and cell phones. Companies with products and services to sell need to cater to women's preferences and consumption needs. And governments and the private sector need to recognize that providing opportunities to the female workforce can strengthen the business bottom line and help economies grow. ICRW: What are some common misconceptions practitioners and organizations have about building economic empowerment programs? AM: The biggest misconception is that because women's economic empowerment is a complex concept, we need to undertake complex and comprehensive programs to bring it about. But no one organization or program can effectively address all the dimensions of women's economic empowerment in a single stroke. We don't advise that they do. Rather, it is important for professionals to "choose their slice." By that I mean choose the women, locations and contexts where the interventions they are best equipped to undertake have the greatest chance of being successful. For example, while many women can benefit from acquiring business skills, it may be best to invest in such skills for women who are in environments where policy and economic circumstances are favorable for women's business growth. In environments where these factors are lacking, such an intervention is less likely to lead to desired results. ICRW: How would you like to see this latest report from ICRW used in the field? AM: Our hope is that the report will facilitate more effective allocation of resources and effort among initiatives that are aiming to economically empower women. We also hope that it will make the task of devising and assessing such programs much easier for those committed to opening up opportunities for women to contribute more equitably in the global economy. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT 10 Facts About Women's Health - WHO While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, there are a number of health and social factors which combine to create a lower quality of life for women. Unequal access to information, care and basic health practices further increases the health risks for women.Here are just three of the alarming facts of women's health worldwide. Smoking - Due to recent aggressive tobacco marketing campaigns aimed at women, tobacco use among younger women in developing countries is rising rapidly. Women generally have less success in quitting the habit, have more relapses than men, and nicotine replacement therapy may be less effective among women. Violence - Between 15% and 71% of women around the world have suffered physical or sexual violence committed by an intimate male partner at some point in their lives. The abuse cuts across all social and economic backgrounds. Violence has serious health consequences for women, from injuries to unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, depression and chronic diseases.Pregnancy and Birth - Every day, 1600 women and more than 10 000 newborns die from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Almost 99% of maternal and 90% of neonatal mortalities occur in the developing world.  The fact file highlights 10 key areas that have serious consequences for women's health worldwide. Download Fri, 7 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Women's Views on News Womens Views On News is women's daily online news and current affairs service, operating on a ‘not for profit' basis. The site provides up to date news on all the major national and international stories of the day, in much the same way as any newspaper or online news service, but the stories they feature are always about women. Their vision is to build a world where all women's voices and experiences are heard. Why women? According a recent survey by the Global Media Monitoring Project (March 2010), women feature only in a fifth of the world's news headlines and just ten percent of all news stories. Literally thousands of stories about, by and for women are never told sending a message that women's experiences and opinions are just not as important or as valid as those of men. We challenge that approach and aim to redress the imbalance in women's favour.If you want to find out about becoming a more discerning news consumer why not attend one of our It's in the News sessions. Check the W@W diary for details of events in your area.  Fri, 7 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Fawcett Society Fawcett is the UK's leading campaign for equality between women and men. Where there's an inequality gap between women and men we're working to close it. More. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Highland and Islands Equality Forum The Highlands & Islands Equality Forum is a project to raise awareness of Equality issues in the Highlands & Islands.  Website. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Close the Gap Close the Gap works across Scotland with employers and employees, to encourage and enable action to address the gender pay gap. There is a 12%* gap between men's and women's full-time hourly rates, and a shocking 34% gap when you compare women's part time hourly rate to men's full time hourly rate.These headline figures represent a lifetime of pay discrimination for women. This discrimination is a contributing factor to women and children's higher levels of poverty and women's pensioner poverty. It also impacts on household earnings and on men's earnings when they work in sectors or occupations with high levels of female workers.The pay gap is bad for business, and bad for Scotland's economy. Companies that treat staff fairly are more productive, more innovative, find it easier to retain skilled staff, and ensure that they have a positive corporate image.There are three main causes of the gender pay gap. Stereotyping about women's capabilities and skills results in women being clustered into predominantly female occupations that are associated with low pay. These include cleaning, catering, clerical (admin), caring, and cashiering (retail) working.There are also barriers, sometimes called ‘the glass ceiling', making women less likely to be found in senior management. Women also experience discrimination because they are more likely to have caring responsibilities for children, sick relatives, disabled people, or older people. One fifth of women lost their job, or lose out on pay or promotion, simply for being pregnant.A lack of flexible working in many workplaces means that women are required to look for part-time work in order to balance their many responsibilities. As most part-time work is in low-paid, stereotypically female occupations, this means that women's pay is likely to go down.Part-time working also has a long-term scarring effect on women's wages, even if women return to full-time work. There is also discrimination in pay systems, with many women being paid less for work that is the same or similar, or of the same value as male colleagues' work.There can be many factors within pay systems that lead to inequalities, including: individuals being appointed to different points on the pay scale; different job and grade titles for virtually the same jobs; male jobs having disproportionate access to bonus earnings; women having less access to high-paid shift and overtime work; performance-related pay being unfairly awarded; women not receiving the same access to training; sex bias in analytical job evaluation schemes grading women's jobs lower. The project has been operating since 2001. The first phase of the project, which ran from 2002 until December 2005, was funded under the European Equal initiative. Since 2005 the project has received Scottish Government funding. Information courtesy of Close the Gap Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Engender Engender is a membership organisation working on an anti-sexist agenda in Scotland and Europe to increase women's power and influence and make visible the impact of sexism on women, men and society. You can also sign up for Engender's regular newsletter. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Local Origins Rural Network For more informationabout LORN Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) The International Women's Media Foundation is proud to present its first international study of women in the news media. A free flow of information is an essential ingredient of open and democratic societies. The IWMF believes that there can be no full freedom of the press until women have an equal voice in the news-gathering and news dissemination processes. There is abundant evidence of underrepresentation of women as subjects of coverage, but until now there were no reliable, comprehensive data on which to make a clear determination about where women currently fit into the news-making operation or in the decision-making or ownership structure of their companies. The IWMF Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media seeks to fill this gap by presenting for the first time sound data on gender positions in news organizations around the world. If news content is the final outcome of a series of steps involving the participation of a number of individuals, what then is the role of women in determining and shaping the news agenda? Who decides how many stories are by women and feature women as pivotal subjects in news operations? Are media companies currently organized to promote gender equity within their organizational structures or to accommodate women's voices as well as men's perspectives in coverage? The findings presented in this report, conducted over a two-year period, offer the most complete picture to date of women's status globally in news media ownership, publishing, governance, reporting, editing, photojournalism, broadcast production and other media jobs. The Report. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT