Last Year's Debate

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

The 2018 debate for 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls was on 27 November 2018, and was themed Hear Me Too.

Levels of violence against women remain alarmingly high,1 in 3 women will experience violence in her 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.

Unfortunately, there is not a record of all the MSPs who attended the debate in 2018, we only have a record of MSPs who spoke.

The MSPs who spoke were:

Christina McKelvie SNP

Elaine Smith Central Scotland Lab

Annie Wells Glasgow Con

Kezia Dugdale Lothian Lab

Rhoda Grant Highlands and Islands Lab

John Finnie Highlands and Islands Green

Bob Doris Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn SNP

Liam McArthur Orkney Islands Lib Dem

Rona Mackay Strathkelvin and Bearsden SNP

Margaret Mitchell Central Scotland Con

James Dornan Glasgow Cathcart SNP

Claudia Beamish South Scotland Lab

Sandra White Glasgow Kelvin SNP

Maurice Corry West Scotland Con

Clare Adamson Motherwell and Wishaw SNP

Allison Harris Central Scotland Con

Angela Constance Almond Valley SNP

Liam Kerr North East Scotland Con

Humza Yousaf Cab Sec Justice SNP

Christine Graham Deputy Presiding Officer SNP


The Motion

The following motion was lodged by Christina McKelvie during the debate on the 27th November 2019

The Presiding Officer (Ken Macintosh):

There is only one question to be put today. The question is, that motion S5M-14904, in the name of Christina McKelvie, on hear me too, 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence and 2018’s theme to “End Gender-based Violence in the World of Work”; commends the many activists and organisations, both in Scotland and across the world, that are providing frontline support for survivors, raising awareness of this important issue and working tirelessly to challenge the underlying attitudes and inequalities that perpetuate violence against women and girls; reaffirms its support for Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls; reflects on the advancements made and welcomes the publication of the first progress report for Equally Safe; continues its work to eliminate sexual harassment; notes that this is a societal issue and calls on communities everywhere to stand shoulder to shoulder in sending a clear message that violence against women and girls is never acceptable, and urges everyone in Scotland to continue to challenge harassment and abuse, hold perpetrators to account for their behaviour and work together to build a Scotland where everyone can live equally safe.


This year


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.

If you have more time you can also, watch your MSPs speak and come to the debate at the Scottish Parliament:

  • You can attend the debate at the Scottish Parliament in person
  • or if you can’t attend in person or watch from wherever you have Wi-Fi or organise a watch party.

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.

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