A report showing that just three in ten candidates at the forthcoming local elections are women highlights the need for urgent measures to tackle gender-based inequality say the Renfrewshire Greens.
Seven of the 12 Green candidates standing in Renfrewshire are women and nationally 45% of candidates standing for the Scottish Greens are women, the highest percentage of all the mainstream parties.
Responding to the research by Women 50:50, Sarah Anderson, candidate for Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch, said that “all parties” have a responsibility to increase the number of women standing in elections and highlighted how women have less access to “resources, security, safety and influence”.
Emma McShane, standing in Paisley Southeast, said: “With more Green councillors in Renfrewshire we can fight harder to tackle discrimination, to create safer communities and to promote equality and diversity. This is an issue that all parties must work to improve because it’s so important that our council, along with others across Scotland, is more representative of our society. If we can secure more women councillors in 2017 it will take us closer to our goal of achieving 50% women, both selected and elected, in all levels of politics and governance.
“There are many ways in which women still experience considerable gender-based inequality. Women have less access to resources, security, safety and influence, and sexism and discrimination are still commonplace in our society. We can be proud of progress that has been made in Scotland to enhance equality and protect diversity. However, we do not yet live in a country where everyone has equal access to opportunities.”