Growing up, I didn’t see many people in positions of power who looked or sounded like me. As a deaf, mixed heritage woman, this remains the case in 2019. While progress has been made on gender equality in the public sphere by groups such as Inclusion Scotland and others, we need to take complementary action to ensure that the women (and men) who represent us in office represent the full diversity of our society. We do not currently have any female disabled representatives in the Scottish Parliament and, as Women 50:50 Chair, Talat Yaqoob, has highlighted, there has never been a woman of colour member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP).
Councillor Ashley Graczyk