The Action for Children Scotland Woman of Influence Awards exist to encourage, support and recognise influential women in Scotland. The annual awards ceremony celebrates women from many arenas who have made a remarkable impact on Scottish Society.
Dr. Lesley Orr (right), feminist historian, theologian, writer, activist, and acting chair of the Zero Tolerance Trust, scooped the award at the ceremony held on Sunday 11th March 2012 at the Mar Hall Hotel. Jo Mickel, Chair of the Woman of Influence Committee, said “Dr Lesley Orr is such a well deserving winner for 2012 in reward of her tireless work campaigning for women’s issues”. During her acceptance speech, Lesley spoke about the importance of challenging and preventing violence against women and children, which is at the heart of the Zero Tolerance mission and action. Zero Tolerance will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in November 2012.
Lesley commented "I am delighted that my passion for gender justice and a world without men's violence to women and children, shared by so many great women around Scotland, has been recognised by the award. Let's hope that it helps to highlight the need to continue the struggle, so that all women in this country are empowered with the rights and opportunities to be influential and bring about change for the better."
Since they were launched in 2001, the awards, organised by a committee of Scottish women, have raised over £800,000 for Action for Children, which uses the money to support some of the country's most vulnerable and excluded children and young people in over 60 projects throughout Scotland.