No Belles de Jour here

  Scottish Review of Books 13 August 2016 http://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/no-belles-de-jour/ WHILST history may be one of the oldest scholarly disciplines, it has, until more recent times mostly averted its gaze from that other so-called ‘oldest profession’, prostitution, particularly in the Scottish context. However, as Louise Settle’s history of prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the early twentieth …

Colm Dempsey talks about the origins and impact of VAW 365 International Poster Exhibition

Colm Dempsey’s Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition, now in its tenth year of touring, visited Scotland in March 2014. In an interview with GlasgowAnni, Dubliner Colm describes how the Exhibition came about and the impact it has had on worldwide audiences over the years. Colm’s interest in domestic abuse was instigated by his …

Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition back in Scotland for International Women’s Day.

365 in Dumbarton Women’s Aid Refuge Colm Dempsey’s Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition, now in its tenth year of touring, visited Dumbarton Women’s Refuge as part of their International Women’s Day 2014 celebrations. In an interview with GlasgowAnni, Dubliner Colm tells how the Exhibition came about and the impact it has had over …

Violence against Women: every day and everywhere in Europe

Results from the world’s biggest ever survey on Violence Against Women reveal one third of women are affected. Revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online, results are shown at European Union and national level. Published by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) the pan-European survey interviewed …

Irene Campbell – an obituary – The Herald 12 October 2013

Irene Campbell  Born: 22 March 1954 Died: 13 September 2013 Counsellor and Feminist Activist Irene Campbell who has died at the age of 59 years was a person-centred counsellor and feminist activist who worked to end domestic abuse and violence against women. Irene grew up in Milngavie in a large family.  The highly acclaimed work …

Scotland’s gender crime story

Scottish Review 17 September 2013 Nick Smithers (SR 10 September) rightly highlights the plight of male victims of domestic abuse in Scotland, although I have never maintained that domestic abuse is exclusively perpetrated by men against women. While women comprise the majority of victims in Scotland and throughout the world, I fully acknowledge that men …

Scotland’s Testosterone Democracy – aka Patriarchy

This may be a good time to reflect on some of our ‘cherished myths’ and draw attention to Scotland’s national tendency to construct misleading narratives about the kind of society we have. Kate Clanchy has argued that it is not true that ‘we’re all socialist in Scotland and we’re all terribly equal’.  Mike Small’s democratic …