Bullying at Westminster: What you need to know
In the wake of a recent damning review by Dame Laura Cox QC, how can UK politics combat bullying in the House of Commons?
IT IS “difficult to envisage” how the reforms needed to tackle widespread bullying and harassment at Westminster can be delivered under the House of Commons’ current administration, a damning report published on Tuesday (16 October) Dame Laura Cox QC concluded.
Leah Franchetti: 'Blood sport' reporting of Salmond sexual harassment claims makes me wonder if the media missed #MeToo
Leah Franchetti (@leahfranchetti), vice-chair of the Shettleston Labour Party and on the steering group of the Scottish Labour Women’s Movement, argues that media reporting of the Alex Salmond sexual harrasment allegations has been unedifying, and raises questions about the extent to which the culture within news rooms – still dominated by men – has changed
Labour calls for Mark McDonald investigation to be made public
Scottish Labour MSP says SNP’s investigation into the former minister should be published and handed to police
SCOTTISH LABOUR has called on the SNP to release the findings of its investigation into former early years and childcare minister Mark McDonald in a redacted form and to hand over the details to police so that they can determine whether the matter is criminal.
#MeToo and abuse media coverage risks 're-traumatising' survivors, charities say
Mental health charity launches guidance to support sexual violence survivors impacted by media exposure of the issue
UK CHARITY the Mental Health Foundation has published guidance ahead of International Women’s Day to help survivors of sexual violence or abuse to manage distress which may be caused by continued exposure to media coverage of the issue in recent months.
Scottish ministerial code updated to clamp down on harassment
The Scottish Government has renewed its code of conduct with stricter lines on harassment and bullying
AN UPDATED VERSION of the Scottish ministerial code was published by the Scottish Government this week, which includes new sections on harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour, following complaints of a culture of harassment at both Holyrood and Westminster.
Liam Stevenson: This is the moment I realised how harmful my attitudes towards women were
Political activist and Tie Campaign co-founder Liam Stevenson explains why men must tackle the harm masculine culture does to women - and be honest with themselves in the process
IF THE recent Harvey Weinstein scandal has put a spotlight on anything, it’s that behind the glitz and glamour, the cash and corruption, the drugs and celebrity of Hollywood, lies a deeper conversation about wider society, male culture and power.
Holyrood harassment claims in the spotlight as government minister resigns
Labour MSP reveals assault by senior party colleague, while SNP minister steps down
SNP MSP MARK MCDONALD announced on Saturday that he would step down as minister for childcare and early years following allegations of “inappropriate” behaviour.
The resignation came amid increased attention to the issue of sexist workplace cultures in recent weeks as women have come forward en masse to share their experiences of harassment and abuse following the highly publicised allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Consultation to investigate extent of sexual harassment in Scotland’s schools
Young women’s working group seeks views of pupils and teachers on sexual harassment and violence
A CONSULATION into sexual harassment and gender based bullying in Scottish schools has been launched as part of a young women’s political leadership programme.
Young Women Lead, established by feminist organisation The Young Women’s Movement, is giving a group of women aged 15 to 30 the chance to run their own mock committees at the Scottish Parliament – and the participants are gathering real evidence to inform their recommendations.
Mark McDonald suspended from SNP amid "new information" on harassment claims
Following resignation two weeks ago, the former minister has now been suspended
MARK MCDONALD MSP, who resigned two weeks ago as minister for childcare and early years as a result of a complaint against him which he described as relating to “inappropriate behaviour”, has now been suspended by the SNP following “new information”.