Ruth Maguire MSP has given her endorsement to an international appeal to highlight the role of women in addressing threats to humanity and the environment resulting from the COVID-19  pandemic in addition to armed violence, nuclear weapons and climate change. 

To mark International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament (May 24), the appeal, titled ‘Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development’ will be presented to world leaders ahead of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Commenting, the SNP MSP said: “When I think about peace, I think about more than the absence of violence or war. I think, too, about a just and equal society in which everyone can achieve their full potential, in which no one is left behind and in which we help, nurture and protect those who need it.

“As individuals, we can seek peaceful resolution of conflict in our everyday lives when disagreements arise around us. Even taking small steps, we can be part of the solution.”

“We can speak up when others are at risk, and we can simply stand with others. Whether we choose to do that at the dinner table, in the street, at school, in a workplace, in the media, in a Parliament or at a nuclear submarine base, it all matters and it all helps.”

The appeal is being made on behalf of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL) and World Future Council (WFC)