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Holyrood 483 / 14 March 2022

Holyrood 483 / 14 March 2022

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War in Ukraine
International Women's Day

3 Editor’s note
This ongoing atrocity and our impotence to act fast and with humanity is a salutary reminder that we haven’t just left Europe in body – we have left it in soul  

5  Roundup  
Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks

7 Talking Point
The NHS worker and the problems with the Nationality and Borders Bill 

8 In Context
The Gender Recognition Reform Bill and the controversy it has created

10  Spotlight: A Fight for the Future
The war in Ukraine is a conflict which will influence our politics for years to come

14   Overview: Breaking the bias
Biases continue to hold women back in society; new laws on misogyny are part of the solution to that

18   Interview: Baroness Helena Kennedy
The top human rights QC is tired of the platitudes around ending misogyny

22   FOCUS: Violence against women
A year on from Sarah Everard, has anything changed?

24     Interview: Zara Mohammed
The secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain on breathing new life into the 25-year-old organisation

28     Interview: Mairi Spowage
The first female director of the Fraser of Allander Institute talks diversity and data-driven decisions

34  FEATURE: Skills and Employment
The economy is bouncing back, but the pandemic has changed the employment landscape beyond recognition

38  Interview: Susan Stewart
The director of the Open University in Scotland on breaking down barriers and facing challenges

42 Getting to know...
Labour MSP Michael Marra and his love of Abraham Lincoln

44 Event report
Improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes

46 Comment
A year since taking over as leader, little has changed in Anas Sarwar’s Labour Party, says Neil Findlay

47 Politicians’ pets
Conservative MSP Russell Findlay introduces us to his cat, Yoshi 

48 Diary
Bercow, the Commons’ spin studio and the pedalling of untruths49 Political spin
Jamie Greene MSP talks London nightclubs and Mr Blobby... 

50 Last Word
Sketch: Some Glaswegian guy addresses the Scottish Labour conference

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