The newly-formed Shetland Women for Independence held their public launch in Islesburgh on Thursday night.
Around 25 people attended and held a lively discussion on the referendum, setting the tone for future drop-in discussion groups that will be held across Shetland over the summer.
Jen Stout explained the reasons for setting up the group, which is part of the national Women for Independence campaign. “Women for Indy” aims to ensure that women are involved in the independence debate and that their voices are heard.
Ms Stout talked of the momentum and diversity in the growing Yes movement, and the sense of hope and political re-engagement at meetings across the country.
List MSP Jean Urquhart made the case for Scottish independence, noting that September will be the first time the people of Scotland have really had the chance to decide on the country’s constitutional future.
The discussion that followed covered topics such as the media, nationalism and identity, difficulty finding balanced information, and obstacles to political participation.
A planning meeting and subsequent drop-in discussion groups will be announced shortly.