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Party Leaders Commit to Work For a Scotland free of Violence against Women

On Thursday 4 December, representatives from all of the Scottish parties attended an event to sign the Ending Men’s Violence Against Women Statement of Intent, signalling cross party support for working towards a Scotland that is free of violence against women and girls.

These representatives were:  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), Jackie Baillie (Scottish Labour Party), Ruth Davidson MSP (Conservatives), Tavish Scott MSP (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Patrick Harvie (Scottish Green Party),

MSPs were invited to sign the statement by members of the Cross Party Group on Men’s Violence Against Women, co-convened by Christina McKelvie MSP and Malcolm Chisholm MSP.

The statement was signed by a total of 42 MSPs. The statement was also supported by 36 voluntary and statutory organisations across Scotland. In the coming months, the Cross Party Group will be approaching more organisations and MSPs to sign the statement and signal their commitment to achieve the goals of “Equally Safe,” Scotland’s strategy to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls which was launched in June 2014.

We will be creating more opportunities for MSPs and organisations to sign the Statement in the upcoming months.

This statement is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a watershed moment for advancing women’s rights as human rights around the world. 

The signing falls during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, an international campaign that the United Nations describes as a “time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.”

See below for full text of the statement and a list of MSPs who have signed the statement.

You can find a full list of the organisations and MSPs who have signed the statement of intent here.
 

ENDING MEN’S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Statement of Intent

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a watershed moment for advancing women’s rights as human rights around the world. 

This statement is a celebration of this important anniversary, a commemoration of the Scottish Parliament’s progressive leadership towards ending men’s violence against women, as well as a recommitment to the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls.

In June 2014, the Scottish government launched “Equally Safe,” Scotland’s strategy to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls: domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault; sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in public; stalking; commercial sexual exploitation such as prostitution, pornography and human trafficking; dowry-related violence; female genital mutilation (FGM); forced marriage; and so-called ‘honour’ based violence.

To ensure that we continue to make progress towards a Scotland – and a world – free of all of these interlinked forms of violence against women and girls, we commit to work to achieve the following Equally Safe principles:

EQUALITY AND RESPECT: All women and girls are able to thrive politically, socially, culturally and economically.

SAFETY: Women and girls experiencing violence are enabled to access specialist support. Every measure is taken to achieve early intervention.

PREVENTION: Systemic barriers to equality experienced by women and girls in Scottish society are removed through support and delivery of primary prevention initiatives, personal action and political leadership.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Perpetrators are held to account, socially, politically, culturally and legally.

Signed: (as of 4 December 2015)

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
Jackie Baillie MSP
Ruth Davidson MSP
Tavish Scott MSP
Patrick Harvie MSP

George Adam MSP
Claire Baker MSP
Claudia Beamish MSP
Neil Bibby MSP
Sarah Boyack MSP
Keith Brown MSP
Margaret Burgess MSP
Malcolm Chisholm MSP
Bruce Crawford MSP
James Dornan MSP
Kezia Dugdale MSP
Patricia Ferguson MSP
Alex Fergusson MSP
Neil Findlay MSP
Rob Gibson MSP
Rhoda Grant MSP
Iain Gray MSP
Adam Ingram MSP
Colin Keir MSP
Lewis Macdonald MSP
Michael Matheson MSP
Mark McDonald MSP
Margaret McDougall MSP
Alison McInnes MSP
Christina McKelvie MSP
Fiona McLeod MSP
Siobhan McMahon MSP
Stuart McMillan MSP
Anne McTaggert MSP
Elaine Murray MSP
Graeme Pearson MSP
Dennis Robertson MSP
Richard Simpson MSP
Drew Smith MSP
Dave Thompson MSP
David Torrance MSP
Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Sandra White MSP

 
 

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