“Promoting equality, diversity and harmony in Inverclyde is vitally important”, Stuart McMillan MSP said today after it was revealed that the Scottish Government is to provide rolling funding to Inverclyde Women’s Aid over the next three years.
Over two hundred projects across Scotland working to promote equality and address discrimination will benefit from more than £20 million investment over the next year.
More than £5 million will be provided to organisations supporting engagement with communities experiencing prejudice on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation – while £2.7 million will go to frontline projects promoting equality and tackling prejudice.
Current funding levels of £11.8 million will be maintained to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls – including domestic abuse, sexual assault, and honour based violence including forced marriage and female genital mutilation. This will include £700,000 for Scotland’s local rape crisis centres to provide specialist services, information and support to rape and sexual abuse survivors.
Inverclyde Women’s Aid will specifically benefit from over £220,000 of funding until 2020.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“I welcome this funding to Inverclyde Women’s Aid which will allow the organisation continue its services that have such positive impact on our community.
“With this funding, the Scottish Government are continuing to support and empower people and groups to tackle inequality and discrimination head-on, helping secure positive and sustained change.
“I would like to congratulate Inverclyde Women’s Aid who have been successful in securing this funding, and I commend them for the work that they continue to do in Inverclyde.”