Gender inequality is in-built in Scotland and throughout most of the world.
There are notable exceptions, but those countries have worked hard to create an equal society.
In Scotland, the areas where power is wielded are male dominated and, without action, that will continue, because like appoints like.
We should all remember that festivals are not just social occasions for enjoyment and recreation: they can have a huge impact on local economies.
That is especially true in areas such as the one that I represent.
In remote and rural areas where populations are much smaller, the benefits can be huge as festivals draw in visitors from other areas.
There are not just festivals, as such; there are county shows, highland games and agricultural shows.
Rhoda Grant :
The cabinet secretary will be aware that there is a lack of funding to provide support and
rehabilitation services due to council budget cuts.
That has led to bedblocking in many areas, with the NHS struggling to cope.
He will also be aware of issues around the inadequacy of care when it is available, with care visits of 15 minutes or less.
Although we welcome the additional funding, it is a drop in the ocean of need.
Will he agree that we need a comprehensive, Beveridge-style review of the NHS to make sure that adequate care is available for older people to live independently and securely in our communities?
World Breastfeeding Week
That the Parliament recognises that World Breastfeeding Week is taking place between 1 and 7 August 2014; understands that the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and breastfeeding advocates in over 175 countries worldwide will be celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week theme, Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – for Life!, highlighting that achieving the millennium development goals requires more early, exclusive and continued breastfeeding; appreciates that this year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding; considers that breastfeeding brings a number of health benefits to both mothers and babies; encourages the Scottish Government and all NHS boards to make the promotion of breastfeeding and support of breastfeeding mothers a priority, and hopes that further action will result in increased breastfeeding rates in Scotland.
Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, speaking in the business debate in the Scottish Parliament yesterday in support of the motion she lodged in relation to the Bunchrew Land Declaration said :
“Land reform has been an issue I have campaigned on for a number of years as Scotland and the Highlands and Islands in particular lag behind many other European countries in reforming land ownership
Rhoda has proposed the following member’s motion in the Scottish Parliament :
Shetland Teenager Wins Bronze
That the Parliament congratulates Erraid Davies from Shetland, who, at the age of 13, won bronze in the women’s para-sport 100 metres breast stroke at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 27 July 2014;