COSLA committed to increasing women’s representation in local government in Scotland.

COSLA has today (Tuesday) agreed to pledge its commitment to increasing women's representation in local government in Scotland.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the full Convention and was based on a suggestion from Cllr Ronnie Nicholson, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council. This builds upon the UN's recent Pledge for Parity initiative which was a focus of International's Women's Day last week and will likely be a continuing focus of the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) over the next 2 weeks.

Cllr Rhondda Geekie, Chair of COSLA's Gender Balance Task Group said: "Last year COSLA agreed to a package of internal constitutional changes which will result in COSLA having a gender balanced political executive following the local government elections in 2017. COSLA Convention also asked for a package of further work on the barriers to women's participation as elected representatives in local government to be undertaken.

"While COSLA has taken a lead on this issue within our own governance structures, we recognise that progress on women's representation in politics and public life requires work and involvement of a variety of others, including political parties and trade unions. COSLA looks forward to continuing discussions and work with all who have an interest in this important issue, so that that decision making bodies can be inclusive and representative of the communities that they serve, therefore delivering more responsive policies and better outcomes for all communities in Scotland."


Article published: 
Wed, 16/03/2016 - 16:54