Firstly, thanks to Keiran Gaffney and AJ for raising this issue and for the great work carried out by the Women in Architecture team. There are a raft of problems that exist within our profession and wider construction industry. However, the issue of gender, opportunity and representation is one that we must not ignore or, more shockingly, deny. The issues are deep-rooted and complex. There has never been a better time to address this issue here in Scotland. This begins by confronting apathy and resistance through positive action - as a matter of urgency. There are already some initiatives developing (formation of alternative speaker lists, planned group meetings etc). We will all prosper from quality workplaces, holistic built environments and colourful public forums. Firstly, these must be multi-faceted and dynamic. Created by, and for the benefit of, both men and women.