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UCU Scotland speaks out against everyday sexism on campus

7 March 2014

Ahead of International Women's Day tomorrow (Saturday) UCU Scotland has reiterated its support for the White Ribbon Scotland campaign against male violence towards women. The campaign seeks to end male violence against women by getting men to take the lead in tackling the issue.

As part of the union's work, UCU branches have been submitting motions to challenge sexism on campus ahead of the union's annual conference later this month.
Proposals include calling for 'lads mags' magazines to be removed from university, college and student union shops.
Janice Aitken, UCU Scotland's Equality Officer, said: 'Over the last year we've seen examples of sexism in universities which have shamed both the institutions and students involved. Beneath the headline examples there exists an underlying culture of everyday sexism on campus. The motions being discussed at UCU Scotland Congress offer a roadmap of how we can begin to tackle this. I look forward to taking part in the debate and then campaigning to put UCU Scotland policies into action.'
Dave Anderson, president of UCU Scotland, added: 'UCU Scotland fully supports the White Ribbon Scotland campaign to involve men in tackling male violence against women. International Women's Day is about more than one issue or a single campaign. It does, however, act as a reminder that sexism and violence against women on campus and elsewhere are sadly as prevalent now as ever.'

UCU Scotland Congress takes place on Friday 28 March 2014 in Stirling.  Motions include sexism on campus, zero hours contracts in the higher education sector, widening access to higher education and the ongoing dispute with employers.
UCU Scotland is affiliated to the White Ribbon Scotland campaign.

Last updated: 10 December 2015