City events mark International Women’s Day

Katherine Grainger took part in events Picture: Greg McVean
Katherine Grainger took part in events Picture: Greg McVean
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International Women’s Day has been marked in Edinburgh with a series of events.

The Scottish Parliament hosted a special convention, bringing together hundreds of women from diverse backgrounds.

Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger presented this year’s International Women’s Day lecture at the University of Edinburgh, while the city’s famous One o’clock Gun was fired in honour of the special day.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.

The theme of this year’s event at Holyrood was “what women want, what women need”.

People from across the country attended the annual event, which aims to celebrate women’s achievements and increase the participation and involvement of women in influencing policy.

Those present at the event, organised by the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC), included Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, comedian and Evening News columnist Susan Morrison and Alicia Castro, the Argentine Ambassador to the UK.