Last updated: 27 March 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

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.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April.

If you prefer to vote by post, you need to complete a postal vote application form. The deadline to apply for this is 5pm on Tuesday 6 April.

Depending on how public health restrictions are progressing, leafleting could start from 15 March. Face-to-face campaigning on the doorstep will not commence at the same time as leafleting. Instead, the provisional intention is to allow door-to-door canvassing from 5 April. Activities such as street stalls, physical hustings and giving voters a lift to polling stations will not be permitted for the duration of the campaign.

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.

Opinion polling for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election

More information about the election system and target seats here.

Guide to Scotland’s voting system (YouTube video)

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.

Watch the ones that have already taken place from the links below:

Lothians (16 March)

Miles Briggs (Scottish Conservatives), Sarah Boyack (Scottish Labour), Lorna Slater (Scottish Greens), Catriona MacDonald (SNP), Fred Mackintosh (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Derek Winton (Reform UK)

South Scotland (23 March)

George Galloway (All For Unity), Paul McLennan (SNP), Craig Hoy (Scottish Conservatives), Laura Moodie (Scottish Greens), Carol Mochan (Scottish Labour), Catriona Bhatia (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

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. (

Send a letter to the Liberal Democrats For Free!

If you receive an election leaflet from the Scottish Liberal Democrats, it might contain a form for a postal vote and a reply-paid envelope to the Lib Dem HQ. If you don’t need a postal vote or have already arranged for one, you can still make use of the reply-paid envelope.

Write a brief letter about your concerns for women’s rights. If you no longer feel you can vote for the Lib Dems, make this clear. Post it using the reply-paid envelope.