It suggests that more women in parliament led to more women friendly social policies, including measures to combat gender based violence, accessible transport and better childcare.
Yet the number of women elected to the Scottish Parliament has dropped from its high of 40 per cent in 1999 to just over 34 per cent in 2011, suggesting more needs to be done to secure equality of representation.
Women 50 50 – a new campaign to secure equality of representation in Scotland’s parliament and councils was set up following the independence referendum in September 2014. Susan Dalgety, one of the Active Learning Centre’s senior associates, is a member of the campaign’s steering group. www.women5050.org
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