Placebo 50:50

How I gambled on a Covid-19 Vaccine trial and lucked out. During one of the daily Covid briefings late last summer, Nicola Sturgeon called for volunteers to take part in Covid-19 vaccine trials by registering on the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry portal .  Oh, I thought ‘science needs me’ so I registered my interest …

New online resource to tackle gender based-violence prevention on Scottish campuses

The University of the Highlands and Islands is one of seventeen Scottish universities that came together to create and fund access to a new training course to help prevent and eradicate gender-based violence in colleges and universities.   Building on the work of the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit and carried out in …

ESHE Rapid Review III

This final Rapid Review report provides an analysis of interview, case study and documentary data from four Scottish colleges who agreed to pilot the Equally Safe in Higher Education (ESHE) Toolkit during the period 2018-2019.  The ESHE Toolkit provides guidance and resources for implementing a gender-based violence (GBV) prevention strategy in Scottish universities.  The aim …

ESHE Rapid Review II

A desk-based Rapid Review of existing gender-based violence (GBV) policy and practice,prevention and interventions in Scotland’s 19 HEIs was undertaken in 2017 (McCullough,McCarry and Donaldson, 2017). The Review concluded that, overall, positive action in the form of response, intervention and prevention was evident and that while activity in this area was fast-paced it did not appear to …

From ‘Battered Wives’ to ‘Coercive Control’: Domestic Abuse in Late Twentieth Century Scotland

Image reproduced courtesy of Scottish Women’s Aid Scotland’s response to male violence against their wives, partners or girlfriends has come a long way since the 1970s when ‘wives’ were ‘battered’, failed to protect their children and police didn’t get involved in ‘domestics’. Forty years since the publication of Violence against Wives – A Case against the Patriarchy, new legislation – The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act …

Domestic abuse, culture and Scottish history

It takes a whole society and its culture to create a domestic abuse perpetrator. A critical look at our history can help us understand why. The annual 16 days of international activism against gender-based violence ended yesterday. During this year’s campaign a report by ‘Counting dead women’ on the UK National Femicide Census made harrowing reading and showed that …

STORM FORCE Celtic Connections – Coasts and Waters 2020

STORM, a 10 meter high sea goddess arose from the River Clyde last Saturday morning 18 January 2020 in the calmer wake of her big brother Brendan who had battered these shore a few days previously.  Made entirely of recycled and natural materials, STORM is said to be the largest puppet in the UK. With …

Through the Patriarchal Looking-glass: Write to End VAW Wooden Spoon Award 2018

A year ago I had the dubious honour of presenting the Write To End Violence Women Wooden Spoon Award. The Wooden Spoon is often awarded not for the stories themselves but for the way they are told – to journalism which is at the other end of the spectrum from the high quality work which …

UCU Strike & 16 Days of Activism Against Violence against Women – Twin Struggles?

As I joined the strike called by my union’s UCU’s members for Monday morning 25 Nov 2019, I couldn’t help see the connections with the other reason we traditionally mark this date in the calendar.  On the 25 November every year, I join millions of other women worldwide to call for 16 Days of Activism …