Message from Women for Independence:
Women for Independence is disappointed at the result but we accept the decision of a majority of the Scottish electorate. However, we are more disappointed at how Westminster politicians have intervened by setting up a commission of men in suits to determine the way forward on more powers for Scotland.
Over the referendum campaign, Women for Independence grew from a handful of politically motivated women from a range of parties and none to become a mass movement comprising thousands of women and at least 50 local groups. Many of these women have never been involved in politics before. Our hearts sang knowing that our women spent Referendum day encouraging women to turn out and vote - some of whom were voting for the first time in their lives.
We challenge Lord Smith and his commission to be 50-50 in make up and to involve women from ordinary backgrounds and communities, not just those from the political class, around the table, determining on which powers and how they should be transferred to Scotland.
Women for Independence has been overwhelmed by the support received from women all over Scotland since the outcome of the referendum. Women wanting to get involved, women wanting to join us, women wanting to know more about how they can campaign for more autonomy for their country and their communities.
We do not intend to fade away. Scotland needs a strong, vibrant, diverse network for women who believe in independence - for Scotland and for women. Our post-referendum meeting on 4 October to celebrate our achievements in this campaign and to consider the road ahead is now sold out. We are looking at how to accommodate the demand and may have to hold further such events.
We are proud to have contributed all that we did to the wider Yes movement and the campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum. We hope to continue to work with like-minded groups and individuals - we are here for the long haul. And we are determined to deliver more women’s votes for independence and independence for Scotland’s women. In the meantime, we will apply our resources and talents to securing the best possible deal from Westminster so that the powers transferred consider and meet the needs and interests of Scotland’s women. http://ift.tt/1qZ6HSG