The History of the Debate
© Robin Gillanders and Chris Hall
It’s been 20 years since violence against women in Scotland was first debated at the Scottish Parliament.
The first debate was on Domestic Violence and was on the 27th October 1999.
The MSPs who spoke at this debate were:
Lord David Steel
Jackie Baillie Labour
Roseanna Cunningham SNP
Lyndsay McIntosh Con
Patricia Ferguson Lab
Nora Radcliffe Lib Dem
Janis Hughes Labour
Michael Matheson SNP
Margaret Curran Lab
George Reid SNP
Maureen Macmillan Lab
Bill Aitken Con
Mike Rumbles Lib Dem
Johann Lamont Lab
Kay Ullrich SNP
Bristow Muldoon Lab
Christine Graham SNP
Phil Gallie Con
Dorothy Grace Elder Independent
Fiona Hyslop SNP
Wendy Alexander Lab
Violence against women and girls is an intolerable injustice in Scotland, preventing our society from being as safe, healthy and successful as it could be and costs Scotland £4 billion a year.
We know we can prevent this violence.
At this debate MSPs will engage with the crucial work that we know can prevent this violence.
Together, this year, we can ensure that we have a full house - so we can start a national conversation about prevention.
It is very easy to get involved and it only takes 5 minutes:
- Invite your MSPs to the debate on violence against women and girls by sending them an email using our new easy to use tool
- Invite your friends, share on social media, and spread the word to get as many people as possible contacting their MSPs and attending or watching the debate.
The date of the debate is usually announced two weeks in advance, but it will be during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence between 26th November and 10th December.
More information about visiting the Scottish Parliament here.