Violence against women

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Why is the responsibility for dealing with this public health issue still seemingly up to women?

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in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid

Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations according to the United Nations.

Rooted in gender and harmful cultural and social norms, it’s also recognised as a public health issue adversely affecting women’s health.

Despite movements like #MeToo and #Everyday Sexism, it’s still normal for women to adapt and restrict their behaviours by swapping safety for freedom; to avoid violence and harassment in public.

Join the panel to debate how to challenge, and who is challenging, the men perpetrating the violence - and why the responsibility for dealing with this public health issue still seems to lie with women.

Chair: Rona Mackay MSP, Co-Convener, Cross-Party Group on Men's Violence Against Women and Girls


Chris Green, White Ribbon campaign

Soma Sara, Everyone’s Invited

Professor Karen Boyle, University of Strathclyde

Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Women’s Aid


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