By Bill Heaney

Jackie Baillie has given her support to her Scottish Labour colleague’s consultation on violence against women and girls.

The consultation lodged by Pauline McNeill, pictured right,  aims to address endemic violence against women and girls.

Following the high-profile cases of the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, the party has said that society has approached a ‘watershed moment’ regarding violence against women and girls as the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence begins.

Recently released crime figures have also shown domestic abuse incidents in both Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire increasing by around a third between 2021 and 2022.

Scottish Labour’s consultation seeks to gather views on a range of issues including –

  1. Young Women and Sexual Harassment
  2. Online Crime
  3. Domestic Abuse
  4. Men’s Responsibility
  5. Women’s Experiences of the Justice System
  6. Proposals for Justice Reform
  7. Street Harassment
  8. Lack of Data on Violence Against BME and Disabled Women and Girls

Labour’s consultation, which is now open, seeks the input of experts and those who have experienced violence against women and girls in order to inform policy making to build a better future for Scotland’s women.

Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie, left,  said: “Violence against women and girls is a stain on our society and must be eradicated. It is alarming to find out that domestic abuse has risen in both the council areas which are within my constituency in the last year alone with females the most likely victims.

“For far too long, many women and girls have been forced to accept a level of harassment and insecurity in their daily lives which is completely unacceptable.

“As a society we have reached a watershed moment where we must stand up for everyone. We need to say enough is enough and do what is in our power to stop this from happening.

“Scottish Labour is dedicated to building a brighter, fairer and safer future for our women and girls which is why we are launching this important consultation.

“The women of Scotland cannot face this alone – it is down to men to change their behaviour and for policy makers to lead the way in changing our society.”

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