Alba Diversity Equality

Active Political Engagement with

Active participation in democracy and decision-making is indeed important to all citizens. In an increasingly diverse society, a focus on political inclusion, and being actively engaged in a political democracy is a crucial step towards the integration processes of diverse groups. Although high levels of political and civic participation increase the likelihood of ordinary citizens’ voices being heard, New Homelands to Scotland remain inactive in Scottish politics. Whereas the notion that the more diverse communities participate in a democracy the more democratic it becomes may sound true, participation among diverse groups continues to permeate.

Lack of Active Political Engagement

Today ethnic minorities in Scotland makeup about, and probably more than 10% of electorates. In an ideal world, the political establishment should accurately reflect the composition of the society it represents, with issues facing diverse communities to be adequately reflected in the mainstream political debate. For example, if 10% of a country’s population is of immigrant origin, then one in ten politicians should be of immigrant origin as well. However, this picture is extremely far from reality. Why are equality groups disfranchised and underrepresented in Scottish politics and how can they become involved?

Politically Disenfranchised

While hard-to-reach ethnic groups feel disenfranchised, and their voices unheard, a just and well-functioning democracy requires that all citizens have fair access to political parties and politicians. Ultimately, a country with engaged citizens is often considered a sign of a healthy democracy. Among Immigrants in Scotland, there have been concerns about the extent to which some minority groups, especially women and young people, participate in the political process. Questions as to whether this is due to processes of social and political exclusion have been raised. Other concerns are related to whether minority political concerns and priorities are adequately incorporated into the mainstream political agenda or whether they are deliberately marginalized and excluded from consideration altogether.

Equality & Diversity Inclusion Pathways

This is especially important in the wake of the Scottish independence agenda. Alba Party is an inclusive party that embraces high levels of political and civic participation among all citizens in our society. The party is open to encourage diverse groups to take part in civic and independence debates with the hope of increasing their interest and participation. A country with engaged citizens is often considered a sign of a healthy democracy, a pledge Alba Party is willing to embrace gracefully.

Community Engagements

Alba Party understands that the more diverse groups engaged in democratic debates, the more they are likely to confer a degree of legitimacy on democratic matters. The party is keen to find ways of empowering diverse groups, whether it is by providing them with information on how they can exercise their voting rights, or how to have their voice heard and make them appreciate the power of their vote in society. Alba is keen to ensure welcome all diverse groups and New Scots on board, an invitation open to anyone regardless of your sexuality, religious practice, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. There is room for everyone at Alba, welcome all on board for Supermajority. Do contact us at [email protected] if you would like to be included in the Alba Party future civic education and Scottish independence debates.

More information on Equality and Diversity, Political Engagement debates shall be posted here. Kindly keep an eye.

By Mercy Kamanja

Mercy Kamanja, I am a passionate activist for Scottish Independence, and a voice for underrepresented, hard to reach diverse communities. I belief in equality, fairness, social justice, social solidarity, working as a collective, unity of purpose and amicable conflict resolutions.