Statement on Let Women Speak Event in New Zealand
The ALBA Party condemns the violent scenes at the Let Women Speak event in Auckland, New Zealand. Intimidation and the incitement of violence towards women, from whatever source, is unacceptable in any society. That these scenes took place in the first country in the world to recognise the right of women to vote and participate in political discourse, is deeply shocking and disturbing.
ALBA sends our best wishes to all those women affected and hopes that they recover quickly from their ordeal. Women's voices will be heard and attacks like these will only strengthen their resolve.
In Scotland, it is often the case that women defending their rights are met with abuse and vitriolic attack. Far too many politicians have remained silent. The time for silence is now over.
ALBA Party affirms women's rights to freedom of expression and association.
We call for an end to the vilification, othering, and demonisation of all those that stand up for the hard-won rights of women and girls.