There will be a rally at the STUC with speakers including Denise Mina, patron of Glasgow Rape Crisis centre and Vonnie Sandlan, NUS women’s officer.
This years theme is Women's safety on Campus
Over the past five years the Rape Crisis Centre has seen a year on year increase in the number of young women who are sexual violence survivors accessing support at the centre. Most of these young women are still in education and many find that trying to cope with the sexual violence they have experienced can have a significant impact on their education. We find that young women are having to take time out from their studies, cannot turn in assignments on time or need extensions for projects, and in some cases women are leaving education early. This can have serious long term consequences for their career plans and future work opportunities.
We want women to achieve as much as possible and to realise all their goals and ambitions. We know that women in education will experience sexual violence and abuse most commonly from men that they know and often from men they are in relationships with. Our goal is not to restrict women’s movements or behaviour but to put out a message that violence against women has to stop and the only way this can happen is for men to stop committing crimes of sexual violence and abuse, for them to stop contributing to a society that condones and colludes with violence against women and girls and to speak out against and challenge other men who do behave in this way.
Violence against women is not a ‘Woman’s Issue’ it’s everybody’s issue.