On Thursday 4 December 2014, representatives from all of the Scottish parties attended an event to sign the Ending Men’s Violence Against Women Statement of Intent. This event re-affirmed cross party 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.
The statement is a partnership initiative co-ordinated by members of the Cross Party Group on Men’s Violence Against Women, co-convened by Christina McKelvie MSP and Malcolm Chisholm MSP.
A range of voluntary and statutory organisations across Scotland also co-signed the statement in support.
The signing fell 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."
As we approach the one year anniversary of the signing event, the Cross Party Group on Men’s Violence Against Women is urging all MSPs and relevant organisations to sign the statement and signal their support for working towards a Scotland that is free of violence against women and girls.
Zero Tolerance agreed to host this page to ensure that the latest information about signatories is in a public, easily accessible place, but the Statement is a project involving many organisations. Co-ordinating organisations on the statement include Zero Tolerance, Women's Support Project, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women's Aid, Engender and White Ribbon Scotland.
See below for full text of the statement and a list of MSPs and organisations who have signed the statement.
If you would like to contact your MSP to say thank you for signing the statement, or to urge them to sign, you can find their details here.
If you are from an organisation that would be interested in signing the statement, get in touch via our contact form.
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.
|Signatory MSPs||Signatory organisations & individuals|
Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
Jackie Baillie MSP
Ruth Davidson MSP
Tavish Scott MSP
Patrick Harvie MSP
George Adam MSP
Action Scotland Against Stalking
Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm
Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership
East Ayrshire Women’s Aid
East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid
Edinburgh Women’s Aid
Inverness Women’s Aid
LGBT Youth Scotland
Lochaber Women’s Aid
Monklands Women’s Aid
National Violence Against Women Network
North Ayrshire Council and Violence Against Women Partnership
Police Scotland (Malcolm Graham, Assistant Chief Constable)
Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (Perth & Kinross)
Rape Crisis Scotland
Ross-shire Women's Aid
Saje Scotland Limited
Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline
Scottish Refugee Council
Scottish Women’s Aid
Social Work Scotland (Alistar Gaw, President)
Solicitor General (Lesley E. Thomson)
Soroptimist International Scotland North
Stepping Stones Organisation (Mental Health)
The Junction – Young People, Health & Wellbeing
The Tartan Ribbon Fund
Victim Support Scotland
Voluntary Action Fund
West Dunbartonshire Council
West Lothian Council
White Ribbon Scotland
Women’s Support Project