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Stop Violence Against Women - Show Your Support in 3 Simple Steps!

Dear Friends

The Women's Coalition - Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland , Engender, The Zero Tolerance Trust, The Women's Support Project, its networks of stakeholder organisations and individuals request of the new Scottish Government to pledge its commitment to addressing violence against women over the next four years.

Scotland has been at the forefront of developing innovative work on violence against women from a gender-based analysis. The last decade has seen a number of significant developments in Scotland in relation to work to address violence against women.

This has included the development of a domestic abuse strategy, with related training and prevention strategies, and, more recently, a broadening out of the focus to encompass the continuum of violence against women to include rape, commercial sexual exploitation and so called traditional practices.

You can actively support The Statement of Intent 2007 Campaign by urging your MSPs to build on the considerable advances made over the past 10 years to tackle the issue and to continue to invest in the work necessary to make Scotland a safe, just and equal society for women.

Step 1. Sign the e-petition


Step 2. Find out who your MSP is by clicking here


a) Ask them to sign the Statement of Intent if they have not done so already. The list of signed MSPs will be updated daily (click here) and if they haven't signed email them a copy to the Statement of Intent 2007 and letter (click here Word doc).

b) Ask your MSP to support Motion S3M-548 The Women's Coalition Statement of Intent 2007 and thereby pledging their support to prioritising women's issues over the next four years.

"S3M-548 Shirley-Anne Somerville (Lothians) (SNP): Women's Coalition Statement of Intent 2007- That the Parliament affirms its commitment to ending violence against women by endorsing the Women's Coalition Statement of Intent 2007; calls on the Scottish Government to adopt a broad definition of violence against women, which makes the link between domestic abuse, rape and commercial sexual exploitation, and to continue provision of funding to violence against women projects in order to ensure the continuation of essential services to women and children experiencing violence, and further calls on the Scottish Government to continue to develop strategic work on violence against women, guided by the multi-agency National Group to Address Violence Against Women and enabled by the Violence Against Women Team within the Equality Unit at the Scottish Government, and to commit to changing public attitudes and behaviours through education initiatives and public awareness campaigns, alongside ensuring effective legal protection for women and children experiencing violence.

You voted for them - now make them work for you!

Step 3. Ask your organisation / workplace, Trade Union, church, associations etc. to sign up to the Statement of Intent 2007.

You can download a copy here (Word doc) . For further information on The Statement of Intent please click here or contact Sonia Leal, Communications Officer, Zero Tolerance - 0131 624 8955.

Thank you.


Sonia Leal
Fundraising Events and Communications Officer
The Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust
11 Maritime Street Edinburgh EH6 6SB