Portfolio Questions Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Jim Fairlie S6O-00438 1. To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has made to the UK Government in relation to the potential implications for Scotland of the ongoing dialogue between the UK Government and the EU regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol. Douglas Lumsden S6O-00439 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it will support the cultural sector in Aberdeen to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaukab Stewart S6O-00440 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the Beyond Borders Women in Conflict 1325 programme. Stephanie Callaghan S6O-00441 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it is supporting the arts sector to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pauline McNeill S6O-00442 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the music industry to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Claire Baker S6O-00443 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting Stirling’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, following its inclusion in the longlist for selection. Brian Whittle 7. [Withdrawn] Tess White S6O-00445 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress in relation to A Culture Strategy for Scotland. followed by Scottish Government Debate: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women That the Parliament marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which this year reaches its 30th anniversary; notes that the 2021 campaign focuses on the dual themes of Femicide and Ending Domestic Abuse in the World of Work; reaffirms its commitment to continue to work collaboratively from constituency, to committee, to chamber, to eradicate gender-based violence; agrees that only by prioritising prevention, can there be an end to violence against women and girls; gives thanks to the organisations and individuals that support women and children affected by gender-based violence, including the Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis networks; notes that gender-based violence, which includes, but is not limited to, domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence, is a function of gender inequality and an abuse of male power and privilege; recognises that there is an increasing level of online abuse and the disproportionate impact this has on women and girls; agrees that in order to effectively tackle gender-based violence, society must challenge the outdated gender stereotypes and attitudes towards women and girls that enable it to continue; further agrees that it is clear that women and girls should no longer have to modify their everyday behaviour in order to stay safe; unites in its condemnation of violence against women and girls in all of its forms, in Scotland and around the world, on which it speaks with one voice; mourns all the women around the world who have been killed by men this year, including Sabina Nessa, Bibaa Hendry, Nicole Smallman, and Sarah Everard, whose murders showed how fragile the veneer of safety for women can be, and notes, as a mark of respect, the one-minute silence held in their honour. followed by Decision Time
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