Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP brings event to the Scottish Parliament
Christina McKelvie MSP has backed a campaign calling for an end to violence against women and girls around the world.
The Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP sponsored the ActionAid event in The Scottish Parliament, bringing together politicians and activists to campaign against gender based violence.
ActionAid’s Fearless campaign took place in conjunction with the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
Violence impacts millions of women around the world. World Health Organisation statistics show that about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
New polling from ActionAid has revealed that nearly three in four women surveyed in the UK and around the world have experienced harassment in the last month. The results showed that 49% of Scottish women have experienced some form of harassment in the last month. 49% also first experienced some form of harassment aged 18 or younger.
The Fearless campaign is calling for greater support for the women on the frontline of global efforts to end violence. These grassroots women’s groups in developing countries make a huge difference, yet they are critically underfunded.
Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“I was honoured to stand alongside some #Fearless women and men at the ActionAid: Fearless event and was proud to sponsor the event in the Scottish Parliament.
“In conjunction with the United Nations 16 days of activism against gender based violence, this fearless event shows us all how courageous these survivors of gender based violence truly are.
“To be free from fear is an important right; we stand together in solidarity for all the fearless women throughout the world.
Jessica Njui, a women’s rights activist with the Africa Youth Trust in Kenya, said:
“It’s great that Christina has sponsored and wholeheartedly backed this vital campaign and demanded an end to violence against women.
“Violence is a global epidemic. It strips women of their rights, stops them from going to school or work, and holds them back from making a better world for their daughters.
“But behind every statistic is a real woman. Women who face harassment and abuse in their daily lives. It is appalling and unacceptable that this is happening. That’s why ActionAid is calling on the UK Government to support the life changing work of grassroots women’s rights organisations in developing countries. No matter where in the world she lives, no woman should have to live in fear of violence.”