MSP welcomes survey of women
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. ‘