Ruth Maguire MSP for Cunninghame South today spoke out on violence against women in a debate in the Scottish Parliament focused around the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based violence.

The campaign is organised every year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, taking place from 25 November to 10 December as a way for individuals and organisations across the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Speaking in the debate led by Rona Mackay, Ms Maguire said:

“Violence against women, perpetrated by men is both a symptom and a cause of women’s inequality and women cannot fix this inequality, cannot address the burning injustices of workplace sexual harassment, domestic abuse, so-called honour crimes, rape, trafficking and prostitution ourselves. If we could it would have been sorted long ago.  

“16 Days is an opportunity for men to show by their actions not just their words or the pins on their lapels that they are allies in this fight for an equal society that will benefit us all.”

The 2019 theme of 16 Days to end gender-based violence (GBV) is Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape, with the UNiTE campaign calling on people from all walks of life to take a stand against widespread rape culture.