Blog by Michelle Mair: SCLD publishes Power Women: Gender-Based Violence and Learning Disability Leadership Course Impact Report

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Last year People First (Scotland)’s Equally Safe Group and SCLD co-designed and delivered Power Women, a pioneering leadership course led by women with learning disabilities, for self-identifying women with learning disabilities who have experienced gender-based violence in Scotland.

This powerful example of women with learning disabilities empowering their peers to make Scotland a better place for women and girls with learning disabilities is best illustrated in the following reflections from a woman who completed the course, and members of the Equally Safe Group:

“I felt great because if the course was to come around again, we could lead it in some way…I think it was brave of us all to come together and collaborate our stories”
(Power Woman participant, 2023)

“The women on the course have worked really hard and we’re so proud…We want this work to go on so people keep learning and speaking up for themselves… We want to make sure other women get this opportunity.”
(Equally Safe Group member, 2023)

The report:

You can read the full report here:
You can read the easy read summary here:

More information:
If you have any questions about the course, please contact Michelle Mair by email at or by phone on 0141 248 3733