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Ending Men’s Violence Against Women Statement of Intent

Patrick Harvie (Scottish Green Party), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), Jackie Baillie (Scottish Labour Party), Ruth Davidson MSP (Conservatives), and Tavish Scott MSP (Scottish Liberal Democrats)  represent their parties at the signing event in December 2014.

About the Statement of Intent

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.

Find Out More

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.

Ending Men's Violence Against Women Statement of Intent

(Full Text)

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.


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
Clare Adamson MSP
Claire Baker MSP
Richard Baker MSP
Claudia Beamish MSP
Neil Bibby MSP
Sarah Boyack MSP
Keith Brown MSP
Margaret Burgess MSP
Malcolm Chisholm MSP
Bruce Crawford MSP
Roseanna Cunningham MSP
Bob Doris 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
Hugh Henry MSP
Cara Hilton MSP
Adam Ingram MSP
Alison Johnstone MSP
Colin Keir MSP
John Lamont MSP
Lewis Macdonald MSP
Ken Macintosh MSP
Michael Matheson MSP
Margaret McCulloch 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
Jean Urquhart MSP
Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Sandra White MSP
John Wilson 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
Hollaback! Edinburgh
Inverclyde Council
Inverness Women’s Aid
LGBT Youth Scotland
Lochaber Women’s Aid
Monklands Women’s Aid
National Violence Against Women Network
NHS Fife
NHS Lanarkshire
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
YWCA Scotland
Zero Tolerance




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