Scottish Parliament and the Young Women’s Movement have launched the 2019/20 Young Women Lead (YWL) Project, a leadership programme for young women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities living in Scotland, who are 30 years old and younger.
Applications to the Project and its related internship are now open.
The Project seeks to increase the political participation of young women, with the 2019/20 Project focusing on young women from BAME communities.
As part of the Project, participants will be asked to engage with their local politicians, organisations and other young women in their local area, developing relationships and strengthening communities.
The programme aims to support and empower participants to feel confident and comfortable representing the Young Women’s Movement in giving oral or written evidence to a Scottish Parliament Committee on issues affecting their lives, by the end of the programme. The overall aim is that young women will become more visible and greater participants in parliamentary business while gaining skills to enhance their employability, political engagement and voter engagement.
The first half of the current YWL consists of 3 separate training workshops in Glasgow, on topics such as social media, conflict resolution and research. These workshops aim to provide a chance to develop new skills, connect with other participants and engage with Scotland’s third sector.
In the second half, participants will set up their own model Committee and explore an issue of their choice. There will one training day and 3 model Committee sessions held in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The Deputy Presiding Officer, Linda Fabiani MSP, will chair these committee meetings.
The closing date for applications to the Project is Friday 13th September.
Please include “Young Women Lead” as the email subject line.
Alternatively, submit the application form by post: Young Women’s Movement, 19 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8NU.