If elected to Holyrood in May, RISE MSPs will introduce a Bill to tackle sexism and misogynistic behaviour in Scotland, the Left Alliance has announced.

The Bill would ringfence funding for organisations that support victims of domestic violence, make gender equality education part of the Scottish school curriculum and tighten licensing requirements for pubs and clubs that fail to tackle the harassment of women customers.

Commenting, Cat Boyd, RISE's top candidate on the Glasgow list, said: 

"On this international women's day we're putting forward ideas to tackle the reality of everyday sexism.

"Tackling rape culture on our streets, in our instututions, and in our legal system is urgent.

"We need to change now to make Scotland safer for our daughters, our mothers, our sisters and our friends"

RISE Anti- Sexism Bill

Protecting VAW services - Funding for Violence Against Women (VAW) organisations - including women’s aid groups, rape crisis centres, and VAW advice and support services - should be ringfenced. This will ensure that lifeline services have the resources to support women and children suffering from domestic violence.

Tackling street sexual harassment - The Scottish Government should work more closely with women’s organisations, police services and other stakeholders to develop a clear strategy for tackling sexual harassment in public places.

The development of a new anti-misogyny education programme - Make gender equality and anti-sexism education part of the school curriculum from an early age and ensure that teachers challenge out-dated gender expectations at school. Support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pupils should be enhanced in line with the TIE campaign.

Making the hatred of women a hate crime - It is not currently an offence in Scotland to incite hatred against women. The law should be extended to make the incitement of hatred against women illegal.

Anti-misogyny licensing requirements - Licensing requirements for pubs and clubs should be stricter to ensure that reporting of sexual assaults and harassment are taken as seriously as violent behaviour.