Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP raises parliamentary motion for YouthLink Scotland campaign
Over the next few months 40 young people will be investigating Scotland’s forgotten women as part of a new Heritage Lottery funded research project.
Five youth projects across the country will turn detective to unearth and celebrate influential and potentially unnoticed Scotswummin in their communities both now and in the past.
From the discovery of the Falkirk urban legend ‘Granny’ to a mother and daughter team raising international development funding, the aim of the campaign is to build a picture of the women in Scotland that have shaped our nation.
As part of this new research project, YouthLink Scotland are launching a nationwide campaign, #scotswummin, to encourage people to highlight the achievements of women locally and nationally, from all walks of life, and sign a pledge for equality on www.scotswummin.org.
MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has launched a Scottish parliamentary motion, calling for the campaign to be debated in the Scottish Parliament.
Commenting on the campaign, Christina said:
“Scottish history is a rich and varied tapestry that can reveal some remarkable discoveries about people in local communities.
“That’s exactly what the #scotswummin campaign aims to do – to shine the light on those forgotten, remarkable women who have slipped into the past, perhaps without the recognition they deserve.
“It’s inspiring that young people – the new generation of #scotswummin – will be leading this campaign, helping to create a new legacy for thousands of women across Scotland.
“I’m very excited to have raised this motion in The Scottish Parliament. I’m hoping on all my parliamentary colleagues feel that same excitement and will sign my motion, calling for the campaign to be debated in the chamber.”
Lisa Gallacher, Joint Project Lead at YouthLink Scotland said:
“There has been very little research or importance put on the many women in Scotland who have shaped our nation. This project is an exciting opportunity to uncover the stories of fascinating women and celebrate their contribution to society. It is important we empower our young women today with a renewed understanding of feminism and equality, something the youth work sector has a proud history of in Scotland.”
As part of the Heritage Lottery £91,300 grant, YouthLink Scotland will also examine youth work’s contribution to the Women’s Movement since 1850. The final heritage report will be launched at an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library on 4th August 2017.