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Posted | 09, 12, 2016

A Race To The Top: adopting a needs-based approach to commissioning specialist services

A Race To The Top: adopting a needs-based approach to commissioning specialist services

Local Authorities in Scotland are not having an easy time of it. The cuts being handed down from Westminster are having a dire impact on not only local authorities and their staff, but also on services and the communities that they were set up to support. Our annual funding survey of the network of 36 Women’s Aid groups in Scotland showed that 97% of respondents received budget cuts or standstill local authority funding in 2015/16.

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Posted | 05, 01, 2016

Happy New Year!

As we get back to work after the festive break, our Chief Executive, Dr Marsha Scott, reflects on her first months at the helm of Scottish Women's Aid, and looks forward to what 2016 has in store.

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Posted | 10, 12, 2015

Gender equitable schooling: some issues to consider

It's Human Rights Day and the final day of the 16 Days of Activism. In our final blog post, our Service Development Officer, Orlaith McAree, puts forward one solution to solving gender inequality: challenging patriarchy in schooling.

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Posted | 03, 12, 2015

An Artist's Response to Coercive Control - read about reCOVERy

An Artist's Response to Coercive Control -  read about reCOVERy

We are now over halfway through the 16 Days of Activism! Day Nine saw Scottish Women's Aid host a private view and artist's talk on our very special exhibition - reCOVERy. Artist Emma Clare James was at one of the sessions run by our fantastic trainer Nel about coercive control. The session made a huge impression on her, and she was inspired to create a series of artworks that explore and illustrate the feelings and emotions of women and children who experience coercive control. In a special guest blog, Emma Clare tells us more about the project.

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Posted | 30, 11, 2015

Make Education Safe for All: Sexual harassment in schools

The theme for the 2015 16 Days of Activism is Make Education Safe for All, and in the latest of our series of guest blogs for the 16 Days of Activism,  17-year-old Susie McGuinness, tells us about the challenges that sexual hara​ssment in schools pose to girls' education. Susie is a member of Girlguiding Scotland member and a Girlguiding Advocate – a group of young women aged 14 – 25 who shape the direction of Girlguiding’s research and advocacy work to give girls a voice and make positive change to improve girls’ lives. She was inspired by the theme of the 16 Days for 2015.

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Posted | 19, 10, 2015

TeenCanteen presents The Girl Effect #2 for Scottish Women's Aid November 2015

TeenCanteen presents The Girl Effect #2 for Scottish Women's Aid November 2015

Guest blogger and TeenCanteen musician Carla J Easton tells us why she wanted to get involved with Scottish Women's Aid.

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Posted | 08, 12, 2014

"We can't tackle Violence Against Women without.. thinking about militarism"

Our Chief Executive, Lily Greenan, spoke to us about why she believes it is essential to tackle militarism and cultures of violence in order to end violence against women and girls.  Listen now  

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Posted | 04, 12, 2014

2014 Statement of Intent

2014 Statement of Intent

Today, on day 10 of the 16 days of activism, we're heading off to the Scottish Parliament to ask MSPs to sign up to the Statement of Intent. This is what we'll be saying: 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a watershed moment for advancing women’s rights as human rights around the world.

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Posted | 03, 12, 2014

Activism means...

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Posted | 27, 11, 2014

Activism: Speaking Truth to Power

Activism: Speaking Truth to Power

Megan Johnson: During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence individuals and organisations will be raising awareness of, challenging, and inspiring people to take action to end violence against women. The ethos of the 16 Days is embedded within the Women’s Aid network all year round. Activism - what it means to us both as individuals and collectively - is a reoccurring theme in our discussions. 

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