Zero Tolerance is a Scottish charity working to end men’s violence against women by tackling its root cause: gender inequality.
We began in 1992 with a ground breaking and radical Edinburgh-based . The campaign successfully brought the issue of violence against women out from behind closed doors and into public consciousness by asserting that violence against women is never acceptable.
A Scotland free of men’s violence against women and girls.
Our core belief is that men’s violence against women is preventable and should not be tolerated.
Feminism: a feminist approach underpins all of our work, our relations with others and with each other. We always challenge men’s behaviour and shine the spotlight on over-arching systems of power and privilege that subordinate women and entitle men.
Leadership: we identify and challenge new and under-reported forms of violence against women, as well as those more widely accepted and tolerated.
Integrity: all of our policies and practice are based on a gendered analysis and an understanding of violence against women as a continuum. We have a genuine commitment to ending violence against women and we are honest and fair in our dealings with others.
- We will lead campaigning in Scotland to end all forms of VAWG by raising public and political awareness of its cause and challenging gender inequality.
- We will challenge and support key institutions to embed VAWG prevention in their work.
- We will advance and share the evidence base on preventing VAWG.
- We will make Zero Tolerance a place where feminist leadership happens.
How we will work
- Believing fundamental change is possible.
- Choosing the activities that can bring about the most change.
- Focusing our resources on impactful projects.
- Taking informed risks.
- Sharing expertise.
- Combining resources to maximise impact.
- Working with larger organisations to increase our influence.
- Amplifying the voices of smaller organisations, particularly those representing minority ethnic women
Grounded in evidence
- Building in time to research and plan activities.
- Building in time to evaluate our work thoroughly and learning from this. Regularly reviewing the evidence on ‘what works’.
- Foregrounding the needs and voices of marginalised women.
- Reviewing and monitoring our tools, materials, and communications to ensure they are inclusive.
- Demonstrating impact.
- Strengthening our brand.
- Diversifying income.
- Continually working to diversify our organisation and the groups and individuals we work with.