COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 3

COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, Cllr Kelly Parry, says, “The adoption of a gendered analysis of violence against women aligns Scotland’s Equally Safe strategic approach with the UN definition of violence against women that includes the girl child. On a worldwide basis, violence against women is a function of gender inequality and an abuse of male power and privilege. Therefore, our responses need to recognise that we must understand and address the attitudes and structures that underpin this violence and abuse. Therefore Scotland’s Equally Safe strategy recognises that women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence and abuse precisely because they are female and that this risk is present throughout life.


Research shows that societies with fewer economic, social or political differences between men and women experience lower rates of violence against women.

Local Government has a key role to play to challenge and change misogynistic attitudes and behaviours, to promote gender equality at every level, including in its own council chambers, and to deliver a progressive shift in the structural, cultural and societal contexts in which violence against women violence occurs.


We cannot address this as a ‘justice’ or ‘public protection’ issue alone. We need to consider how policy and practice in areas such as early years, education, employment, health, housing and welfare impacts on the women’s lives.”


Read the Improvement Service’s Briefing Note for Elected Member, ‘Why Adopt a Gendered Analysis of Violence and Abuse?’ here

Article published: 
Wed, 28/11/2018 - 09:27