Curry night with a message

Men across Midlothian are being offered the chance to enjoy a curry and a chat as part of efforts to stamp out violence against women.

The event, to be held at the Quay Complex in Musselburgh next Thursday (May 19) from 7pm, aims to bring prominent figures from sporting and media together to talk publicly about the effects of sexism, violence against women and what men can do to bring about change.

The night is part of the White Ribbon Campaign, the UK branch of global efforts to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.

Guest speakers are former football manager Jim Leishman and actor David Hayman.

The event has been organised and funded by ‘End It’ – Midlothian and East Lothian Councils acting in partnership to raise awareness of the issues – and the East Lothian Diversity Network.

Midlothian Council’s community safety spokesman Councillor Jim Muirhead said: “As a council we have signed up to support this nationwide campaign because violence against women is a significant problem in our society which must be tackled.”