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Scotland’s Women GatHER

A one-day event that consists of free workshops, activities, and panel discussions encouraging women to feel supported and empowered to stand for elected office.

24 June 2023

About the event

The Scottish Parliament is joining forces with Elect Her once again after the success of our 2019 event to encourage women from all around Scotland to get involved in politics.

Join us on Saturday 24 June and be the change you want to see in Scottish politics. We welcome women at any stage of their political journey. 

For those unable to travel to Holyrood, there will also be regional hubs based across Scotland and online workshops to enable women from across the country to take part remotely.

About Elect Her

Elect Her is a non-partisan organisation that supports women of all ages and backgrounds from across the UK to stand for political office.

More information

Plan your visit

For opening times, parking information and more, go to our plan your visit page.

Don't forget to stop at our shop and café during your visit!


  • Hearing loops are installed in the Debating Chamber. This connects to hearing aids which have a 'T-Switch'
  • If you need a British Sign Language interpreter or other support, please contact us with as much notice as possible
  • Wheelchairs are available and the public gallery of the Debating Chamber has wheelchair spaces

More about accessibility

Visitor behaviour policy

Please remember that this is a working parliamentary building and, as such, you are expected to behave as set out in this policy. We reserve the right to remove visitors who breach this policy and apply a period of exclusion from our public galleries and parliamentary business.

For all visits, please:

  • follow all instructions from parliament staff, including any requests to bring ID with you
  • do not leave your bags and personal belongings unattended
  • do not smoke in the building
  • do not eat or drink, except in the restaurants
  • if given one, wear your visitor lanyard and pass at all times. Return it when asked or when leaving
  • collect any items retained by security as you leave
  • note that protests are not allowed inside the building. Banners, flags and political slogans are forbidden

The Parliament’s Standing Orders cover public access to parliamentary business. They allow the Presiding Officer to set reasonable conditions, and exclusions if these are not met.

For visits to see parliamentary business, please:

  • enter, sit in and leave the galleries quietly and as requested by parliamentary staff
  • switch all electronic devices off, and secure them as instructed by parliamentary staff
  • do not cause a distraction or disruption to parliamentary business. If there is a disruption in the Chamber, the Presiding Officer can ask visitors to leave
  • note that people who wilfully disrupt may face a period of exclusion from future visits
  • do not applaud or shout out during meetings
  • do not take photos, videos or recordings during meetings
  • obtain prior permission to paint, sketch or draw
  • follow the instructions of parliamentary staff on when and where to sit and to leave. For First Minister’s Questions, this includes remaining seated for the entire session. If you need to leave before the session ends, please speak to the nearest member of Parliament staff

Days and times

24 June 2023



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