EVENTS: Scotland and UK wide

In this post you will find a selection of up and coming events and programmes relating to gender equality and women's participation in the labour market.


How women's networks and mentoring can address occupational segregation: Learning from WiRES

GLASGOW, Monday 30 March - 13:00-14:30

Close the Gap is hosting a seminar which will present and discuss the findings of the evaluation of its Big Lottery Fund project which focused on developing the Women in Renewable Energy Scotland (WiRES) network.Over the past year, this has included a series of networking events, skills sessions, and a mentoring programme.

The seminar will look at:

  • the barriers to women’s participation and progression in the renewable energy sector;
  • the achievements of the WiRES programme;
  • how women's networks and mentoring can address occupational segregation; and
  • what policymakers can do to support networks and mentoring activity.

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WiRES - Women in Renewable Energy Scotland

WiRES is a network for women working, or who would like to work, in the renewable energy sector in Scotland. Our aim is to support women's participation in the sector through information, education, and networking opportunities. WiRES is currently hosted by Close the Gap.

Celebrating the achievements of the WiRES network and its members

EDINBURGH, Friday 27 March - 18:00-20:00

WiRES members are invited to celebrate the achievements of the network over the past year. As with previous WiRES networking events, you will also have the opportunity to build your professional network, and meet with other women working in the industry. See more at:

If you are interested in starting WiRES meet-ups in your own city or region, do get in touch at



What employers want with Babcock Rail

4 March 2015 - 17:30


University of Strathclyde


This is an Interconnect event for female engineering students giving you a fantastic insight into the graduate recruitment process. See more:

Get SET for Business

10 March 2015 - 10:00


Seminar Room - Equate Scotland

Equate Scotland

Get SET become an entrepreneur. Do you dream of running your own business and being your own boss or have you got an idea for a business, but just need help in seeing your ideas come to fruition? See more

How To Attract And Keep Female Engineers

16 March 2015 - 09:30


IET Teacher Building, Glasgow

Equate Scotland

A free half day seminar for employers focusing on recruitment and retention of female engineers. See more:

Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings

22 April 2015 - 10:00


IET Teacher Building, Glasgow

Equate Scotland

One day career development course looking at the 'sticky floors' and 'glass ceilings' which can prevent women making the most of their skills, knowledge and abilities. See more:


For more information on Equate and events:


Equality Updates

Women in Politics

STIRLING, 4th March

Reflections on the referendum and beyond “What difference did the Scottish referendum on independence make to women’s participation in political life in Scotland? What does the future hold? What barriers are there to women’s participation in public civic and political life and how can we overcome them?” See more at:


March Of Women On the eve of International Women’s Day

GLASGOW, 7th March, 2pm

March from Glasgow Women’s Library to Glasgow Green to celebrate the achievements of Scottish women from past and present. This is a public art event and everyone is welcome to join us and take part. See more at:

The Big Skills Weekend

EDINBURGH, 7th - 8th March

Youth Scotland's annual weekend training event for youth workers, leaders, and volunteers and was formerly known as PPSS. With 17 workshops to choose from, there’s something available for everyone at #BigSkills2015! This year we are also delighted to add to the main programme a set of workshops which are particularly relevant for those working with girls and young women. Cost: Prices range from £35 – £145 See more at:



Scottish Women's Convention International Women’s Day 2015

The SWC International Women’s Day event

Saturday 7th March 2015 in the Scottish Parliament

12.30pm - registration and lunch

If you wish to register your interest in attending this free event please do so either by emailing: or telephoning 0141 339 4797



Gender Matters: 'UN Beijing+20'

April 1, 2015, 18.00 – 20.00

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

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It is twenty years since the Beijing Platform for Action, a global framework for women's empowerment, was negotiated at the United Nations. Governments commmitted to a diverse agenda that includes women's poverty, political representation, violence against women, women's rights, women and the economy, the environment and the media.

Please join us at the Scottish Parliament to mark 'Beijing +20' with discussion of Scotland's progress against these international commitments. Our speakers will include Kara Brown from YWCA and Lily Greenan from Scottish Women's Aid, who will be at the summit in New York.

We will also publicly launch Engender's 'Gender Matters' project with a paper mapping Scottish Government action across the 'areas of critical concern' identified by the Beijing Platform for Action.

Many thanks indeed to Christina McKelvie MSP for sponsoring the event.

Tea, coffee and shortbread will be provided.

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Women, Faith and Feminism

April 11, 2015, 10.30 – 17.00

Central Glasgow (TBC),

Engender has been bringing women together this year to talk about faith, identity, gender, and feminism. We would like to invite you to join our final discussion event in central Glasgow on April 11th. This will be a chance to hear evidence from women speaking from a range of perspectives on faith and feminism, and to join the discussion yourself.

The day will be in an open space format, meaning participants can shape the agenda and use the event to talk about the issues that are important to them. Women from all over Scotland are welcome to join us at this free event, and we are able to offer support including crèche facilities, travel bursaries and personal assistants as required.

More details will be posted soon and we'll be sending out information on our mailing list so make sure you sign up by filling out the box on the right if you're not already on it.



WISE - Women in Science and Engineering

A wide range of events across the UK from small workshops through training courses to major conferences. See more information

Career Development Programme for Women in STEM


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