Clare Adamson MSP today called on secondary schools across Motherwell & Wishaw to female S5 pupils for an event designed to empower a new generation of young women.

Several inspirational and successful female leaders will address S5 girls from all over Scotland at a free one-day conference in Edinburgh on Friday 22nd September.

Every secondary school in Scotland has been invited to nominate up to four female pupils aged between 15 and 17 years old to attend September’s Future AS5ET event. The organisers are determined that no school is prevented from sending pupils to this event and are offering financial contributions towards travel for schools based outside of Midlothian.

There will be keynote speakers including Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, chief executive of Virgin Money, Jenny Garrett, founder of “Rocking your Role”, and Mary Duffy, former national head of BBC Children in Need. They will share their experiences and encourage the young women attending to have the confidence to go out and grab the career opportunities available to them, particularly in the financial services sector. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend panel discussions, seminars, and interactive workshops, all of which will emphasise that gender should never be seen as a barrier to career progression and that the world is their oyster, regardless of their background or qualifications. The conference’s strapline is “Calling all S5 girls who know they can change the world, and just as importantly, those who don’t.”

Commenting, Clare Adamson MSP said:

“We want to encourage as many girls as possible from around Scotland to follow their dreams and that is why I am calling on S5 girls across Motherwell & Wishaw to go along to the Future AS5ET event, to take confidence from the achievements of the speakers, and to share in a collective sense of empowerment for what they can go on to achieve in life and their career.”

“With a majority of female party leaders in the Scottish Parliament, Scotland is leading by example in showing to young girls that their hopes and ambitions should have no bounds and this conference can further inspire them in what is a brilliantly exciting time in their young lives.”

“As someone who worked their way up in the IT industry before I entered politics, I am aware of the difficulties women can face in male-dominated industries and it is absolutely vital that we empower girls to follow their dreams as early as possible.” 



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