COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 11

The eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon said 'There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.'

Cllr Kelly Parry, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said “Today, Monday 10 December 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, violence against women and girls is still one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. This is true globally, and it is still true here in Scotland. It exists in all our communities, often behind closed doors and its consequences are devastating to individuals, families, communities and society.

It is the right of every person to be safe and to live free from the threat, experience and impacts of violence in their lives and Local Government takes its responsibilities seriously.  COSLA, working in partnership with the Scottish Government is seeking to ensure the realisation of the rights of all women and girls, of children and of all people who are living with gender-based violence through the delivery of the Equally Safe Strategy.

Eleanor Roosevelt historically reminded us that human rights begin in “small places, close to home... Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere”.

COSLA is committed to working collaboratively with key partners in the public, private and third sectors to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Article published: 
Mon, 10/12/2018 - 10:01