8 March 2017
Young women aged 18–23 can now apply to be mentored by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The First Minister launched the opportunity to coincide with International Women’s Day by visiting Smart Works. The Edinburgh charity supports women to get back to the workplace.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) March 8, 2017
The First Minister announced plans to mentor a young woman last month, calling on women in leadership roles to follow her example.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions, and remind us that while we’ve made progress, there is still much to do.
If we are serious about reducing gender inequality and creating the next generation of women leaders, it’s up to us as women to ensure this happens.”
“Mentoring a young woman is a highly effective way to enhance her career chances – giving her the confidence and knowledge to strive for her ambitions.
“I repeat my challenge to women leaders in Scotland – if you know a young woman of great potential, become her mentor. Her success will be yours as well, and you will have both learned from the experience. That’s how it works.”
— Young Scot (@YoungScot) March 8, 2017