To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today (Tuesday 25 November) the STUC women’s Committee took part in events in the campaign to eliminate the violence and abuse faced by women and girls on a daily basis throughout the world.
As part of the UN 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, RMT and UNITE members campaigned in Glasgow’s Central Station with the distribution of white ribbons and campaign leaflets highlighting the issues, and the Violence Against Women 365 poster exhibition, part of which is on display in the London Road headquarters of Community Safety Glasgow, opened.
Anne Dean GMB and Chair of STUC Women’s Committee said; “STUC Women’s Conference earlier this month gave its full support to the campaign to end violence against Women. The 16 Days of Action worldwide should now focus our commitment to all play a part in ending the violence and abuse that still faces so many women on a daily basis. It is not acceptable and we will continue to make this campaign central to our work in the trade union movement and in the workplace”
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Motion carried at the 2014 STUC Women’s Conference Amended Resolution No. 25 “Violence Against Women”
“That this Conference recognises that violence against women continues to be both a cause and an outcome of women’s inequality and condemns the rise in attacks against women across Scotland.
“Conference congratulates the organisers of the ‘These streets are made for walking’ event in June, which was a grassroots protest against the number of serious sexual assaults on women in Glasgow and sent a powerful message to perpetrators of violence and to those whose responsibility it is to ensure such violence is stopped.
“Time and again, it is women who are left to lead the way in fighting for our streets to be safe; fighting for service provision for those affected; and fighting for the law to effectively hold male perpetrators of violence to account.
“Conference notes the Scottish Government recently published its new strategy to tackle violence against women ‘Equally Safe’. This identifies the need to eliminate gender inequality as the root of violence against women and girls, as well as seeking to ensure that, when violence and abuse does occur, interventions are as early and effective as possible. The strategy also signals a comprehensive review of the justice system in Scotland including looking at the law relating to sexual offences.
“Conference calls upon the STUC Women’s Committee to:
• campaign vigorously to keep the issue of violence against women • at the heart of the agenda for all public bodies in Scotland; • engage with the Scottish Government review to ensure women’s voices and experiences are heard as its strategy is developed and implemented, so that it makes a real difference to the lives of women; and • lend its full support to groups campaigning to build a Scotland where women live their lives free from violence on the streets and in their homes.”
Mover: Public & Commercial Services Union
Seconder: National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union