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Our Women

Our small but talented organising group is made up of women with a wide range of skills and experience.


We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to getting to know you!

Working at home

Cathie Lloyd
Comms lead


Info will be updated shortly.  

Janet Ingleby


Compared to my colleagues in our Edinburgh WFI group I am a relatively new member.

I was encouraged to join by a very enthusiastic member I met at a speaker meeting around 3 years ago.

I believe that Scotland needs the autonomy to create fairer, greener and flexible policies to suit the needs of the people and the changes ahead. In particular,I feel that women should be supported to engage confidently within their communities on issues that affect their lives and of course encouraged to vote!

Edinburgh WFI activities have contributed greatly to these aims and hopefully will continue to do so.



Gillian Sproule

I was keen to play an active role in getting the independence message out during the 2013/2014 campaign period leading up to the first Indyref. As luck/fate/karma would have it I stumbled across one of EWFI’s many drop-in information cafes and joined up on the spot.

Joining EWFI was my first foray into the world of active politics and I learned so much campaigning alongside many inspirational and wonderful women during the referendum and beyond. Political activism has opened my eyes to a world I knew existed but that I was somehow detached from. That has now changed forever, my eyes have been opened and I will not be closing them again.

Independence for Scotland will always be the priority of our group, but our other message of Independence for Women is very important too. Both goals are reflected in the huge variety of campaigns we have been involved in since WFI’s inception.

When you are facing the ‘establishment’ and trying to break down barriers of elitism and entitlement built up over centuries, to create a fairer, greener and more equal/equitable society, being a lone voice can be difficult and the message is very often lost, but having hundreds, even thousands, of other women echoing your own thoughts and ambitions, supporting you in your actions and standing with you… that can be very powerful indeed.

I am very excited to be on this journey with so many like-minded sisters, together we can build the Scotland we all dream of.

Join us!


Lee-Anne Menzies

Since being asked to join EWFI by one of our founders and stalwarts, I’ve seen the transformative effect that the sisterhood has had on our members, and that includes me. That’s feminism. 


We’re almost there with independence, however, we have a bit to go for independence for women! When we get both, our work is done.


Let’s finish the job!



Hi there! I’m Selma and I’ve been privileged to be part of Edinwfi since its early beginnings.


Before then though, I’d queued in the baking sun, with hundreds of others, (women only section),got my thumb painted to show I’d cast my vote and seen the birth of a fledgling, new nation, Bangladesh. 


Independence is normal, small state independence is too. That great woman, Arundhati Roy, once wrote ‘another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’.  For ‘world’, I read ‘Scotland.’ And yes, we’re on our way.


Selma Rahman

Press & Publicity

Hi, I'm Moira, and I live in north Edinburgh. 


I'm a proud mum and granny, and have been an active part of Edinburgh Women for Independence for a number of years now.  


I love helping to organise days of activity, particularly stalls and street-work and getting out there talking to women in Edinburgh about what they'd like to see an Independent Scotland look like for them and their families.  


I'd love to see you all out there in the new Indyref campaign, helping to get us over the line to Independence.  


Moira Cochrane

Stalls Co-ordinator


Gillian Coyle
Treasurer & website administrator

Hi folks, 

I’m Gill and I live in Edinburgh North & Leith. 

I’m proud to be one of the founding members of Edinburgh WFI and I’ve been involved in campaigning for Independence for over 30 years; previously as part of the editorial group of Liberation magazine among other things. 

 I believe that only Independence from Westminster will bring about the political change Scotland’s most vulnerable people desperately need. Women in particular, are proportionately more disadvantaged by the current political system within the U.K., and every time there are further cuts, women bear the brunt of them.

We need to get this message across to women in Edinburgh and beyond, if we're going to bring them with us into a fairer Scotland.