Nicola Sturgeon launches new fund to boost women's representation in politics

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 6 February 2018 in News

First Minister announced the move ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate celebrating 100 years since the first women won the right to vote

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Nicola Sturgeon will pay tribute to the women’s suffrage movement by launching a £500,000 fund to boost female representation in politics.

The First Minister announced the move ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate celebrating 100 years since the first women won the right to vote.

The fund will be used to provide grants for local initiatives to encourage women into politics, as well as for projects commemorating the beginning of women’s suffrage.

The FM said: “Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote is a great occasion.

"Not only does it remind us of women's achievements - it is also a time to inject new momentum into increasing women's political representation and supporting their contribution to Scottish political and public life.

"While we have a come a long way since 1918, much still needs to be done if we are to eradicate gender inequality and create a fairer and more prosperous country.

"By supporting community initiatives and women-empowerment projects, we are making an important step towards securing that future.

"This funding will ensure we pay tribute to the women who fought for the rights that women have today, as well as playing a part in encouraging the next generation of women leaders."

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