Ethnic Minority Women’s Network We Want To Hear Your Voice On “Violence Against Women!”

Ethnic Minority Women’s Network We Want To Hear Your Voice On “Violence Against Women!”

20th September 2017, 09:30 to 14:30

CEMVO Scotland has organised a series of events to develop an Ethnic Minority Women’s Network.  Events in February and May 2017 looked at ways in which the network can deliver the following:

•      Provide a safe space for women to discuss issues that affect them

•      Develop a Network where women can share ideas and access support

•      Develop peer and mentoring support for women that  needed it

•      Establish a mechanism where a wide network of women can feed into the Scottish Government and other key decision makers around policy and issues affecting EM Women.

Through various workshop discussions, the main outcome of the events so far has been to look at the development of an EM professional women’s network for mentoring, peer support, capacity building, training, and influencing workforce/workplace policies and practices – such as increasing the number of EM women in senior management roles within the public sector. One of the events subsequently focused on employability issues affecting EM Women, with CEMVO working in partnership with the Scottish Government Equality Unit and Employability Team in organising the event, with the aim of feeding into the Scottish Government employability policies and strategies, so as to ensure EM women are able to influence national policy.

 

Violence Against Women

One area of concern also highlighted by many EM women at previous events has been safety for women. Thus, we are now working in partnership with the Scottish Government Violence Against Women Unit to organise our next event, with focus on the delivery plan for the “Equally Safe” strategy which is currently being redrafted following a public consultation, with a view to publish a final delivery plan at the end of the year. “Equally Safe” is Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.  This is a co-owned strategy between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) which focuses on violence against women and girls as a violation of their human rights.  It envisages a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and the attitudes that perpetuate it. 

Although the consultation has closed, the Scottish Government want the voice of EM women to be heard, and to feed into the delivery plan, leading us to organise this event. Therefore, not only is this event is open to all  women that have attended previous EM Women’s Network events, but also, other relevant stakeholders who have an interest in EM Women’s issues, particularly around violence and safety.

This is an opportunity to identify the issues, concerns and needs of EM women around violence against women and girls and to develop a collective voice in influencing national policy.  Through a series of workshops focussing on topics such as gender based violence and honour based violence, we hope to identify actions to tackle specific barriers faced by minority ethnic women and girls.

The event will be taking place:

Wednesday 20nd September 2017

9.30am till 2.30pm

Lorne Hotel, 923 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TQ

 

To avoid disappointment please register on the link below as places are limited.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/em-womens-networking-eventequally-safe-vaw-tickets-36154208210

Buffet Lunch will be provided and an agenda for the day will be sent near the date of the event.

We look forward to seeing you on the day, which will be a step further in developing a voice for Ethnic Minority women in Scotland.

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