MSP wel­comes sur­vey of women

The Oban Times - - Farming -

THE MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch, Kate Forbes, has wel­comed NFU Scot­land’s new sur­vey on women in agri­cul­ture as the or­gan­i­sa­tion seeks to en­cour­age more fe­males to get in­volved at all lev­els – from grass­roots to board level.

NFU Scot­land is seek­ing views from its mem­ber­ship about en­gag­ing women in union work and the per­ceived bar­ri­ers for those who wish to get in­volved.

The sur­vey, launched on Jan­uary 5, ties in with the union’s wider work on en­cour­ag­ing more women to get in­volved at all lev­els – from grass­roots to a the board. And it is hoped that through the re­sponses, the union can seek to ad­dress any is­sues that women are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing when try­ing to do this.

The sur­vey, open to NFU Scot­land mem­bers, will run from Jan­uary 5 to Fe­bru­ary 13, and can be filled out by vis­it­ing http:// bit.ly/ 2jeKJ0r.

Gemma Cooper, pol­icy man­ager for NFU Scot­land, said: ‘NFU Scot­land has been in­volved in the in­dus­try-wide work­ing group which has been or­gan­is­ing events for the past few years.

‘In ad­di­tion to this, we have been con­sid­er­ing in­ter­nally what the rea­sons may be for an ap­par­ently lower level of women en­gag­ing with the union than men and, as a re­sult of this, NFU Scot­land is now seek­ing to ob­tain views di­rectly from its mem­ber­ship.

‘I would urge as many mem­bers as pos­si­ble to com­plete this sur­vey as we are re­liant on this to give us a steer on how best to pro­ceed, and we are very keen that this is a mem­ber­ship-led ini­tia­tive. This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for women to make their views heard and make a real dif­fer­ence.

‘NFUS will be hold­ing a drop-in ses­sion on women in agri­cul­ture at its con­fer­ence on Fe­bru­ary 6 and 7, where any mem­ber who wishes to dis­cuss this sub­ject is wel­come to drop in to speak to us di­rectly. ‘

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