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Last updated: 28 April 2021

Women Speak Scotland proudly launched a ‘Manifesto for Women’s Rights in Scotland’ on International Women’s Day (8 March 2021) ahead of the Holyrood election on 6 May. The Manifesto demands the protection and implementation of women’s human and legal rights. WSS invites all political parties and parliamentary candidates standing for election to support it.

The Manifesto is intended to help individual women and men approach as many election candidates in their constituency and region. Focus on one or two sections from the manifesto and ask candidates specific questions or let them know about the issues that concern you the most. If they disagree with something or don’t really answer your question, try to engage in further conversation to learn why they do or don’t agree with what you have raised. Find out if candidates are willing to stand up for women’s rights if you lend them your vote.

Let us know how they respond. (

If posting on social media, please use the hashtag #WomensManifestoScotland.

We have also provided an A4 sized poster that you might like to print out and stick up somewhere or pass along to other people.

A summary of what you might do with the Manifesto is provided in the Guidance below.

We will continue to update this page with further information related to the election. You can sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.

In the Media

Read the WSS Press Release.

Manifesto for Women’s Rights in Scotland to be launched today – (North Edinburgh News)
Monday 8 March 2021

Women’s manifesto aims to put pressure on Scottish parties to ‘reaffirm sex-based rights’ – (Scotsman) Sunday 7 March 2021
Archived version

Nicola Sturgeon says she was first told of allegations about Alex Salmond in 2017. I heard the rumours in 2010 – (Scotsman)
Saturday 6 March 2021

Image of a news article in the Stirling Observer from 12th March 2021. Title of article is 'Sign-up call for women's manifesto'.

Political Party Manifestos

SNP 2021 Manifesto: Scotland’s Future, Scotland’s Choice

SNP Women’s Manifesto

SNP LGBTI Manifesto

Scottish Greens 2021 Manifesto: Our Common Future

Our Society – Equalities

Our Society – Justice

Rainbow Greens 2021 Manifesto

Scottish Liberal Democrats 2021 Manifesto: Put Recovery First

Scottish Conservative 2021 Manifesto: Rebuild Scotland

Scottish Labour 2021 Manifesto: National Recovery Plan

Scottish Labour Women’s Manifesto

ALBA 2021 Manifesto: Shake Things Up

ALBA Women and Equalities

ALBA Scotland’s Many People

About the election

The Scottish Parliament election will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 and polling stations will be open and safe to use.

Scottish election 2021: A really simple guide

Ahead of the 2021 election the SNP hold 61 seats, the Scottish Conservatives hold 30, Scottish Labour 23, Scottish Greens 5, Scottish Liberal Democrats 5, Reform UK 1 and the 3 remaining seats are occupied by Independents. The SNP would need 65 seats for a majority.

Scottish election 2021: Ten seats to watch

Conservative Defence for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election
Labour Defence for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election
Liberal Democrat Defence for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election
SNP Defence for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election

Conservative Target Seats for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election
Green Target Seats for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election
Labour Target Seats for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election

Liberal Democrat Target Seats for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election
SNP Target Seats for the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election

Who can I vote for in my area? – Enter your postcode or the name of your constituency to find out which candidates are standing in your area.

Central Scotland regional candidates
Glasgow regional candidates
Highlands and Islands regional candidates
Lothian regional candidates
Mid Scotland and Fife regional candidates
North East Scotland regional candidates
South Scotland regional candidates
West Scotland regional candidates

Opinion polling for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election

Election Events

Take part in the BBC’s Scottish Parliament election debates

The Scotsman is holding eight virtual hustings to cover the regional list areas. It will take place every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm and can be watched either at The Scotsman’s website or their Facebook page. People can submit questions in advance for the candidates by emailing them to and including their full name, age, location and occupation. Questions can also be asked live on the Facebook page.

Scotland Asks – A Pro-Independence Panel Discussion Show which will air every 2 weeks from Thursday the 1st of April where you get to put your questions to the Election Candidates. If your Question is chosen you will have the opportunity to ask the panelists directly on the night. Organised by All Under One Banner. More information here.

Alba Party Women’s Conference – Sat, Apr 10, 06:00 PM. Register here.

Let us know if there are other election events that voters can attend or participate in. (