COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 2

Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, is clear about the importance Local Government places the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls. She says, “COSLA is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to prevent and eradicate gender-based violence. Gender based violence damages health and wellbeing, limits freedom and potential, and is a violation of the most fundamental human rights.”

Councillor Parry and Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities, together chair the Equally Safe Joint Strategic Board that oversees Scotland's Equally Safe Strategy. The strategy has been produced with input from key justice agencies and from third sector expert agencies which support women.

Cllr Parry explains, “the aim of this national strategy is to create a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from such abuse - and the attitudes that help perpetuate it. The role of Local Government is critical in ensuring that our communities and our homes are equally safe for all.”

Listen here as COSLA’s Community and Wellbeing Spokesperson, Councillor Kelly Parry outlines why tackling violence against women and girls is a priority for Local Government in Scotland at The National Violence Against Women Network Conference on 1st November 2017

Article published: 
Tue, 27/11/2018 - 09:25