Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie will today (25 November) highlight the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling violence against women and girls in a speech to the North East Violence Against Women and Girls Forum.
The event will be hosted by the Moray Violence against Women and Girls Partnership and coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the first of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Speaking ahead of the event, Ms McKelvie said:
“Violence against women and girls is abhorrent and should never be tolerated.
“We all have a role to play in challenging it and sexist and misogynistic attitudes that support it.
“Like other Violence Against Women and Girls partnerships throughout Scotland, the Moray Partnership is a great example of how agencies and organisations – from the police to Women’s Aid – can work together.
“They are helping to protect women and girls, support survivors, and challenge the inequality that lies at the root of violence.
“Our Delivering Equally Safe fund is providing £19 million this year to support 121 projects across the length and breadth of Scotland.
“These projects are a lifeline to survivors of violence and abuse, supporting their recovery and empowering them for the future.
“We have achieved so much and come so far in building a safer Scotland for women and girls and we will not stop until all women and girls are safe from violence.”