It's Time For Prevention for MSPS
Fill the gallery, Fill the Chamber Campaign
16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence
It’s time for prevention - everyone can do something to prevent violence against women.
We’re asking all MSPs to attend the annual debate to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
We are running a campaign encouraging members of the public to invite their MSPs to come to the debate.
We’re also asking members of the public to attend or watch the debate to hear more about their MSP’s work to prevent violence against women and girls.
What is the issue?
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 per year.
It’s been 20 years since violence against women in Scotland was first debated at the Scottish Parliament but there is still a lot that needs to be done to tackle it.
Levels of violence against women remain alarmingly high, more than 1 in 3 women will experience violence in their lifetime and yet only 15% of all MSPs participated in last year’s annual debate to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
Violence against women and girls is extremely harmful to women and children. It can cause severe and long lasting physical and mental health problems, reduced participation in the workforce, substance abuse and death.
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.
Screenshot from the Scottish Parliament TV recording of the Debate: Hear Me Too: 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls, November 27, 2018 15.22
What is the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence?
Every year, the Scottish Parliament holds a debate on violence against women and girls around the time of the UN 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
This year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence theme is: Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!
Rape and sexual assault form part of a wider continuum of VAWG that share the same root cause; gender inequality. Everyone has the right to live without fear of sexual violence, therefore preventing rape and sexual assault must be a government priority.
To prevent rape and sexual assault we need to challenge the myriad of social, economic and structural inequalities between genders. Prevention of rape and sexual assault can be supported through a zero tolerance approach to the culture and attitudes that excuse and encourage sexual violence, this culture is often referred to as ‘rape culture’. Rape culture includes victim blaming, slut-shaming, sexual objectification, sexual harassment, trivialising rape, denial of widespread rape, refusing to acknowledge the harm caused by sexual violence, and perpetuating myths around rape. At its core rape culture is fuelled by the fact that women and children are not equal to men and for much of history, their bodies have belonged to men.
What can you do?
- Read our Primary Prevention Briefing to learn more about how to end violence against women
- Come to the debate during the 16 Days of Activism on Gender Based Violence (date will be announced soon)
- Let us know that you are coming to the debate and give us a quote to tell us why prevention work is important to you - we will use this in our social media campaign (we will use the quote now and prior to our International Women’s Day Campaign in March 2020)
- Send information about our campaign and inviting your colleagues to the debate
- Put up a poster in your constituency office to show that you are taking steps to prevent violence against women and girls in Scotland
If you wish to send us a quote and receive hi-res copies of the campaign materials to use on social media please get in touch with Campaigns and Engagement Officer Jo Zawadzka on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download campaign materials for sharing here