On International Women’s Day, the only all-male council in Scotland has pledged to do more to ensure women’s voices are heard.
Western Isles Council was left without a single woman councillor in last May’s local authority elections as none of the seven female candidates was successful in being elected.
The council plans to place adverts asking for women to apply to join five working groups to advise the authority on education and children’s services, transportation and infrastructure, sustainable development, policy and resources and communities and housing.
The working groups make recommendations to the various council committees.
But a spokesman for the council said “more work” needed to be done to seek out the necessary women.
“The intention is to provide the opportunity for women to contribute to the democratic life of the council and we will be progressing that in the near future,” he said.
Though none of the women can be co-opted as councillors, the spokesman the authority would help bridge the gender gap and make sure “women’s voices were better heard.”
Women played the greatest role in the council between 2007 and 2012, when there were five in key roles.