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 …

#FLvaw MOOC  ‘Understanding against Women – Myths and Realities’

It’s not too late to join us for our third run which started 20 August 2018.  Click here to join us.  As acronyms go MOOC doesn’t roll easily off the tongue.  Massive Open Online Courses harness the reach of the worldwide web to the immediacy of social media and magically turn teaching and learning into something entirely new for …

The Archers: coercive control and domestic abuse

Amid a storyline on The Archers radio programme, writing in Common Space Anni Donaldson explains coercive control in abusive relationships and how people can seek help THE ARCHERS’ Helen Titchener really could use an independent domestic abuse advocate (IDA) right now. If Ambridge was in the west of Scotland she could just lift the phone …

#indyref discourse highlighted sexism

This article was written for The National Saturday 29 August 2015 I was delighted, and genuinely surprised, to be announced the winner of the inaugural Write to End Violence Against Women Awards in 2013. Since then, Scotland has witnessed a dramatic shift in its political landscape which included some devastating critiques of mainstream media and its …

#WeCanStopIt

Rape Crisis Scotland and Police Scotland have launched a high profile media campaign to tackle rape.  The latest phase of the #WeCanStopIt rape prevention campaign is aimed at 16-27 year old men – an age group who commit one third of reported rapes in Scotland. Young women in the same age group are also the …

#EndProstitutionNow – Pressure growing for Scotland to join other nations in ban on sex trade

This article was first published on The Conversation 9 June 2015. Here’s the link: http://theconversation.com/pressure-growing-for-scotland-to-join-other-nations-in-ban-on-sex-trade-42972 A form of violence against women or a legitimate career choice? That’s roughly where the two sides stand on the debate over what we should do about prostitution. Voices from the violence camp have just become louder in Scotland thanks …

A Woman’s Place – No Grey area: sexual torture is not romantic

@LennoxHerald 11 March 2015 You couldn’t get a book and film more at odds with the founding principles of International Women’s Day than that film of that book. As thousands of women and girls are being kidnapped, enslaved, tortured and raped for real by militias in Boko Haram in Nigeria, by Isis in Northern Iraq …

Time to finish off Page 3 – and tackle #everydaysexism – by handing out a few ‘prizes’

This article was originally published in The Conversation on 10 December 2014 by Anni Donaldson https://theconversation.com/time-to-finish-off-page-3-and-tackle-everydaysexism-by-handing-out-a-few-prizes-35351 The contortions of The Sun newspaper against mounting opposition to its notorious Page 3 topless women would be laughable if they did not represent a much wider problem. With even glamour queen Katie Price apparently throwing in the towel …