Spotlight Interview II: Harriet Fildes

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do – whatever practicalities you’re willing to share with readers. Could be your inspiration for the line of career or journey as a woman in a world dominated by men. I’m a writer really, in various forms. I’ve been in academia for several years, which […]

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Spotlight Interview: Keigh-Lee Paroz

1) Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do – whatever practicalities you’re willing to share with readers. Could you share with us what inspires to work tirelessly for social justice. I’m aiming for somewhere between professional enthusiast and polymath! Working in the creative industries and the legal sector is a fascinating mix […]

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Fighting GBV together in Edinburgh!

The 16 Days Campaign Team are proud to stand in solidarity with numerous organisations around Edinburgh that are holding events to fight gender-based violence during 2017’s 16 days of action. Below are some of these organisations and events we have joined forces with. We are calling on all our supporters to support them too! Fight […]

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WITNESS – A book that gives a voice to domestic violence survivors

In November 2016 my book WITNESS was published – self-published.  WITNESS recounts Sarah’s experience of living with a violent and abusive man in a relationship lasted 20 years.  I wrote this book to help give voice to the millions of women who have shared Sarah’s experience of marriage, and to picture for others the lived […]

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Part II – My life with FGM: Aisha’s story

This is part two of a blog series. If you have not read part one, please click here. The series is chronological and therefore reading them in order is integral. Imagine with me that you’re five years old again. What comes to mind? Who comes to mind? Every person reading this will have a unique […]

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I am Bosnian, I am Muslim and I am Proud

My family tree, friends and the generations of people before me is made up of those that have survived war, front lines, rape, execution, concentration camps, refugee camps and deportation.   My great grandfather was a survivor of Auschwitz. There is not much I know of his story, but what I do know is that […]

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The Path Towards Empowerment – Give a Heart to Africa

A rampant contemporary concern within our global society, which dangerously subjugates girls and women, is gender-based violence. When one contemplates gender-based violence, often what comes to mind are horrendous overt acts such as rape, intimate partner abuse, forced sterilization, female genital mutilation, child marriage, the trafficking of young girls and women into the sex slave […]

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Investing in change

Societal drive to confront gender-based violence is on the rise, and Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) is helping lead this movement in Edinburgh by investing in social responsibility and active citizenship through their Changing Perceptions initiative. As a prime example, this year ENU is a core organiser of the Edinburgh Chapter of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – which is a […]

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Re-visioning Words for Change

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. It is a familiar phrase, bantered about with nursery rhymes and other lyrics. Sticks and stones batter the flesh, draw blood, and tear away at the material body, words cannot; however, the language we speak absorbs as well as informs the physical […]

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Finding alternatives: Removing FGM from Peoplehood

As perceived by Robert K. Thomas (1980), “peoplehood” or a people’s identity is determined by language, sacred history, religion and law. These four factors do not exist in a plane where one is more important than the other but rather where each is interdependent to the other. To explain this further, a people’s sacred history […]

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