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WOMEN in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to get more involved in politics.

And females are being invited to an event in the Scottish Parliament in September which aims to tackle the gender imbalance in Scottish politics. The ‘Scotland’s Women Stand’ initiative has been announced by an alliance of women’s organisations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. Over 400 women from across Scotland are invited to take part in a day of action and inspiration in the Holyrood debating chamber on September 7.

Online registration for the event is now open to all women – and it is hoped a delegation from this region will attend.

Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP, who will chair the event, said: “The Parliament wants to open its doors to over 400 women from across Scotland in a concerted day of action to support and inspire women to get involved in political life in Scotland. This event is for women up and down the country who have never thought about standing for political office, didn’t think it was for them and didn’t know that they had the power to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Scotland.”

Lee Chalmers, director of The Parliament Project, one of the organisers, said: “We want this event to be a catalyst and an inspiration for women to get involved in politics, but also to equip them with valuable knowledge and skills.”

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