12 October 2015
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took part in the prestigious Women in the World Summit, held at Cadogan Hall in London for the first time.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) October 9, 2015
Hosted by Tina Brown, world leaders, industry icons and CEOs share the stage with ordinary women from around the world to share their stories.
In conversation with author and editor, Sir Harold Evans at the Women in the World Summit in London, the First Minister warned that true gender equality is impossible until domestic violence against women is ended. She said more than 60,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported in Scotland each year.
“What makes it much worse is that only one in five are reported so the scale of it is much, much bigger. I believe passionately that domestic violence is not only a symptom of gender inequality, of power and imbalance. Domestic violence is also a cause of gender inequality and we can’t have equality unless we eradicate it.”
— Women in the World (@WomenintheWorld) October 11, 2015
The First Minister spoke in detail about how Scotland’s proposed new “Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill” will re-define domestic violence acts as “aggravators” in sentencing decisions, and give judges new powers to direct juries and explain factors that have been shown to undermine women’s veracity in court. These include background on why it is that women often take many years to leave violent partners or may need to make multiple attempts to escape abusive homes.
The First Minister also spoke about her heroes growing up and the women that inspired her.