Spotlight Interview VIII: Allie Haddlesey

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 suppose that I’ve always been passionate about social justice and equal rights, partly due to my experience as an orphan, […]

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Day 3 and 4: The International Bazaar

On Day 3 and 4 of the 16 Days of action against gender-based violence, we hosted two days of an international marketplace/bazaar. The first Bazaar day was in Merchiston Campus and the second was on Sighthill Campus – both of Edinburgh Napier University. We owe the success of these bazaars to our incredibly talented entrepreneurs. […]

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Day 2: Using art to combat gender-based violence

On Day 2 of the 16 Days of action against gender-based violence Campaign, we gathered at Edinburgh University College of Art with Naomi Smith and some of her fellow University of Edinburgh students, Katherine Dalton, Hazel Steven, Louise Mamey, Allie Haddlesey, and Gavin Gillon. Campaign Organiser Niharika (Nika) Puri started off the event with a […]

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Day 1: 16 Days Campaign Launch

Yesterday (November 25th, 2017) was officially the Launch of our 16 days of action against gender-based violence (GBV) Campaign! We were honoured to host a variety of inspirational speakers at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Our Launch speakers were Ruth McQuaid (Equality Lead, COPFS), Gordon McCreadie (National Lead for Domestic Abuse, Police Scotland), Thanos Karatzias (Director […]

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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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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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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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