The Independence Referendum has encouraged more women to come forward to voice their narratives around how they wish to see the future of Scotland – whether that is a democratic future based on independence or one which holds tightly onto the Union status quo.
What I have particularly found is the rise of the Scots Asian Woman who fiercely protects her narrative of her vision of Scotland.
I have been privileged to be around such women and I am energised by their passion and articulation of their argument. They are some of the most capable women I know – running families, businesses, undertaking youth and voluntary work and politics.
These are up and coming women in the independence debate – powerful, strong, feisty, are just some of the adjectives I will use to describe them.
Names to watch over the coming months are Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, a lawyer, a SNP MEP candidate for the European elections, Suki Sangha, a high profile activist in the Radical Independence Campaign and a youth worker; Talat Yaqoob, who is a leading activist, campaigner, researcher, feminist writer and is a firm believer that Scotland should stay part of the Union.
What all three women have demonstrated is the passion for the country we call home – Scotland. I and I am sure others will look forward to more robust debate over the coming months.
By NN Riaz