2022 was a year of transition for Scotland and for our organisation, as we saw the removal of the strictest Covid-19 regulations. That meant a busy time for our registered celebrants, who conducted more marriage ceremonies than in any previous year in our history! Our conference and local groups were able to return to in-person settings, too, with sensible precautions in place.
We were also delighted to host the Humanists International General Assembly for the first time. We helped decide on the wording of the updated Amsterdam Declaration, which was agreed during the event in Glasgow. In all, over 200 delegates were welcomed to Scotland, with travel bursaries prioritising attendees from the global south.
We continued to provide support to Liam McArthur MSP for his Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill. A consultation on the proposal for the bill received the most responses to a member’s bill consultation in the history of the Scottish Parliament. The society also continued to champion other key humanist causes, including safe access to abortion services and secularising education.
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