This week Ruth introduced the Human Rights Take Over! event at the Scottish Parliament, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights, and to celebrate the efforts of human rights defenders in Scotland:
Amongst the many groups and visitors in attendance at the event were members of the Scottish Youth Parliament:
Ruth was also pleased, as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, to meet with pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School, Clydebank, Kirkcaldy High, and St. Columba’s Gourock at the event:
On Tuesday, Ruth met with Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson regarding the Ayrshire Growth Deal. In the meeting. Mr Matheson confirmed that the Scottish Government was ready to sign heads of terms on the deal on the 25th January 2019. With colleagues in Ayrshire, Ruth will now be contacting the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP, to ensure that the UK Government does not hold things up at its end.
On Wednesday, following on from her contribution to the recent debate on World Aids Day, Ruth asked the Minister for Public Health what the Scottish Government was doing to address the imbalance in access to the HIV drug PrEP:
On the same day, following the Finance Secretary’s Ministerial Statement on the Scottish Government’s draft spending and tax plans for 2019-20, Ruth asked what funding had been put in place to tackle homelessness in Scotland:
Finally, on Thursday, Ruth contributed to the Scottish Government Debate commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption by the UN of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: