During today’s (28 November 2019) First Ministers Questions, Stuart McMillan MSP asked the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to eliminate violence against women and girls (VAWAG) – particularly those from at-risk groups.
According to research collated by Zero Tolerance – a charity with a vision of a world without men’s violence against women – disabled women are twice as likely to experience men’s violence as nondisabled women.
These statistics also claim that 83% of transwomen have experienced hate crime at some point in their lives, and black and minority ethnic (BME) and migrant women face higher levels of domestic homicide and abuse driven suicide.
The local SNP MSP therefore asked the First Minister what assurances of additional, targeted support she would give to women and girls belonging to these at-risk groups.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“Monday 25 November was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and marked the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. That’s why I wanted to highlight the particular risk of violence faced by women and girls who are disabled, trans or from a BME or migrant background.
“Gender-based violence is not welcome in Scotland, and we must all work to change people’s attitudes towards women and girls if we are to eliminate VAWAG.
“It’s outrageous that the former Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, recently used inappropriate language to describe Andrew Neil’s interview technique with the First Minister, and it’s a prime example of why more must be done to temper people’s language when discussing women and girls.
“Governments play a part in this by passing legislation, creating policies and using rhetoric that is not harmful to women and girls.
“That is why I asked the First Minister whether the Scottish Government plans to provide targeted support for women and girls belonging to groups who are at a higher risk of experiencing male violence.”