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International Women's Day 2012

On International Women's Day, 8th March 2012, Catherine Stihler MEP was among the keynote speakers at a conference entitled: "Women in Scotland 2012 - The Big Picture" at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

The day-long conference was sponsored by the European Parliament Office in Scotland and organised by Engender.  It attracted 200 delegates from a wide range or organisations including Women in Technology, Values into Action, White Ribbon Scotland, Edinburgh University Students Association, The Association of Scottish Businesswomen, Scottish Human Rights Commission and Equality North East.

Participants also had a chance to engage in debates concerning issues of  around: gender budgeting, occupational segregation, welfare reform and poverty, childcare, women in the economy, criminal justice system and rights legislation, trafficking and prostitution, child poverty, women and enterprise, care, rural women, temporary special measures, women in political and public life, stereotyping and cultural prejudices, gender and asylum, equality before the law, violence against women, older women and more.

Women (who represented a majority of attendees) in the conference were also enthusiastic about a suggestion of a Women's Parliament in Holyrood next International Women's Day.