MSP Margaret Mitchell played a key role in an international conference at the Scottish Parliament on the political perspectives of women.
The Central Scotland Tory list MSP chaired a panel which looked at the role of the media in enhancing the participation of women in politics.
Around 40 international female Parliamentarians attended the event which was organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Scotland Branch.
The theme conference explored the experiences and views of the politicians gathered on the challenges facing female political candidates and serving politicians.
The panel chaired by Mrs Mitchell also included Scottish Conservative and Unionist Paryy leader Ruth Davidson, Active Learning Centre senior associate Susan Dalgety and campaigner and blogger Kate Higgins.
Mrs Mitchell said: “This conference brought together female parliamentarians to look at practical ideas to progress towards gender balance within the political world.
“I was particularly pleased to chair the session looking at the role the media and social media can play in achieving this aim.
“It was really worthwhile to have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of others outside of Scotland.
“Clearly there is much to share as well as room to learn from our fellow Parliamentarians as regards these important representation issues.”
The CPA invited delegates from Alderney, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, St Helena, UK and Wales. Delegates from Namibia, Papua New Guinea and South Africa also attended.