Spotlight interview VI: Gillian Jack

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do – whatever practicalities you’re willing to share with readers. I’m a PhD student at the University of St Andrews. I submitted my thesis in September 2017. It investigated how civic authorities in Renaissance Florence tried to fund and control a monastery for repentant prostitutes. […]

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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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Frozen: A recounting of abuse

It is standard that young girls are told not to walk alone at night. It is standard that women are taught basic self-defense against boys who might violate their bodies. It is standard that girls are expected to take safety precautions against boys, because boys are expected to hurt us emotionally and physically. No matter […]

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Progress report: Social media lessons

Very few of us on the 16 days team have qualms about admitting that we are social media dinosaurs. Luckily, we also have some social media wizards on the team. So, on Tuesday, October 17th, the dinosaurs implored the wizards to impart their social media knowledge. Because, as we all know, the most efficient way […]

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Progress Report: Sept. 12th FGM event planning meeting

On Tuesday September 12th the 16 Days organising committee held a planning meeting for a 2-day female genital mutilation (FGM) event. This event will be held during this year’s 16 Days of action against gender-based violence (GBV). The official dates of this event are pending but, tentatively, it will be held on the 29th and 30th […]

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Progress report: July 27th planning meeting

On July 27th the 16 Days action plan committee (Nika, Nhabeela, Angela, and myself (Hannah)) held a meeting (at Sacro’s head office) to alert potential collaborators and partners to our intentions for 2017’s 16 days of activism between November and December. We were lucky enough to be joined by numerous influential organisations and institutions in […]

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What is gender-based violence?

Whenever venturing to tackle a problem (particularly collaboratively), it is absolutely integral that such a problem is adequately defined. So, what is gender-based violence? The European Institute for Gender Equality defines it as such: ‘”Gender-based violence” and “violence against women” are terms that are often used interchangeably as most gender-based violence is inflicted by men […]

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