Why it is important to celebrate women in housing?

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To coincide with this, SHARE will host its first ever Women in Housing Scotland conference on the 6th March.

This event is open to all housing professionals (staff and volunteers) to celebrate the contribution of women to the social housing sector. From the activism of Mary Barbour in the rent strikes in 1915, to the determination of Annie Gibbons (Annie’s Loo) to see her home and area renovated in the 1970s, women have always played a key part in the development of the social housing movement as we now know it.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. We are fortunate that our sector does not struggle greatly with gender inequality, as women are well represented in all roles throughout organisations, including at the top of management teams, and this is all the more reason to celebrate our sector and the achievements of women in it.

The conference programme is designed to invigorate and empower attendees, and will include workshops such as building effective teams; retirement planning; family friendly working and the imposter syndrome. The keynotes will be delivered by Anna Devitt, founder of Direct Devitt and Comedy & Confidence; Maria Fyfe, former councillor and MP who spearheaded the campaign to honour Mary Barbour with a statue in Govan, and Mags Lightbody who manages her own consultancy business and a high profile leading in the housing sector here in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

This is the only conference of its kind in Scotland with an opportunity to learn, develop, network and celebrate. It’s is not to be missed.

Women in Housing Scotland take place in the Hilton Glasgow on the 6th March. You can find out more about the event and book your place/s HERE.


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