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Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live this week

    Alison Johnstone, Rhoda Grant, Angela Constance, Annie Wells and Alex Cole-Hamilton

    And so ends Holyrood Live today, Thursday 8 March.

    Finishing the week on a consensual note, MSPs backed the motion and both amendments marking International Women's Day.

    17 of parliament's women and three of its men stood together to speak about pushing for gender equality and ending sexual harassment.

    Have a peaceful weekend.

    Happy International Women's Day
    Image caption: Happy International Women's Day
  2. International Women's Day motion and amendments pass unanimously

    Chamber

    The Scottish government motion and both amendments from the Conservatives and Labour pass unanimously.

    Motion and amendments
  3. Minister 'proud to stand together with all the other humourless bitches' against harassment

    SNP MSP Maree Todd

    Ms Todd says Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne's comments were out of step with other women in the chamber.

    The minister says sexual harassment or abuse of any form is completely reprehensible and must stop.

    She encourages anyone who has experienced this to report it.

    Ms Todd pays tribute to an incredibly powerful contribution from SNP MSP Gillian Martin.

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    Ms Todd quotes from the poem Spartaca saying she is "proud to stand together with all the other humourless bitches" against all forms of harassment.

  4. Children's minister tells women: 'If I can do it, you can do it'

    Children's Minister Maree Todd says it is a pleasure in her role to say to young women every day "if I can do it, you can do it".

    Children's Minister Maree Todd
    Image caption: Children's Minister Maree Todd

    Noting this year is the Year of Young People, the minister says it is important to ensure all young people feel valued and vital to the country's future.

    Turning to the gender pay gap, she notes it is narrower in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, while the employment rate of women is also slightly higher.

    Promoting the living wage will help women in particular, Ms Todd adds.

    Turning to Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, she asks did he offer to stand down at the next election to allow a woman to stand? Or perhaps he is recommending his colleagues to do?

  5. 'Working together we can realise the potential of women in Scotland'

    Ms Harris

    Ms Harris says she is excited to work with everyone in the chamber to advance real gender equality and respect for women.

    "Working together we can realise the potential of women in Scotland."

  6. Women must be involved in all levels of the economy says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Alison Harris
    Image caption: Tory MSP Alison Harris

    Tory MSP Alison Harris says we must push ahead to make even greater strides towards true equality and the empowerment of women.

    She commends women's organisations for encouraging young women to "not only be as good as men", but also "surpass" them.

    Women must be involved in all levels of the economy, the MSP says.

    She also highlights under-representation in politics and points to the Conservatives Women2Win campaign.

  7. Labour MSP, compared to 'anthrax soaked razor wire tampon' on twitter, undeterred

    Ms Lennon
    Image caption: Labour MSP undeterred by Twitter abuse

    Ms Lennon says she has been described on Twitter as "the human equivalent of an anthrax soaked razor wire tampon".

    She asks ironically: "How dare we as women combat period poverty?"

    Ms Lennon makes it clear she is undetterred in her campaigning.

    The Labour MSP says there is still so much more that we hve to do.

  8. Background: Women's March: What's changed one year on?

    Women with sign saying 'catcalling is harassment'

    "Time's up, time's up" was the message continuously chanted by thousands of protesters gathered in London to support a rally highlighting women's rights.

    It came a year after millions of people took to the streets around the world for the first Women's March, held on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency.

    As Mr Trump marks his first year as US president, more demonstrations are being held across the US and cities across the UK, including the one outside Downing Street.

    It was also part of the Time's Up campaign to end sexual harassment, launched at the start of 2018 by hundreds of women, predominantly American and British, in the entertainment industry.

    Read more here.

  9. Labour MSP says she is 'restless and impatient' for progress

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon
    Image caption: Labour MSP Monica Lennon

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon says International Women's Day is an opportunity for women to organise and talk about what is still to be done.

    I am restless and impatient for progress in women's political participation, admits Ms Lennon, who argues parliaments must reflect the societies they represent.

    The under-representation of women is an unacceptable truth, she says.

    The Labour MSP praises SNP MSP Mhairi Black for reading out the violent abuse sent to her.

    "Why should women in politics keep quiet about this?"

  10. Background: New Scottish fund to back women in politics

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    Video caption: Nicola Sturgeon talks of hope for 11-year-old niece's generation

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a £500,000 fund to encourage more women to become involved in politics last month.

    The initiative is intended as a tribute to the suffragettes who campaigned for women to be allowed to vote.

    Backed by the Scottish government, the fund will provide grants for local initiatives across the country.

    The new fund will also back projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote.

  11. Background: Group to examine gender inequality in Scotland

    Man and woman on scale

    A new group set up to examine how women and girls can reach their full potential says it hopes it can be a "catalyst" for change.

    The council has been created to advise the Scottish government on how it can tackle gender inequality.

    It will be chaired by Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said securing equality was a "moral obligation", as well as making economic sense.

    Read more here.