Spotlight interview VII: Poornima Sukumar

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 you to work tirelessly for social justice. My name is Poornima Sukumar, I am an artist and muralist from India and I love traveling and meeting people […]

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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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Spotlight Interview V: Madeleine Black

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. My name is Madeleine Black, I’m 52 and a Londoner living in Glasgow.  My main role is as a psychotherapist but recently published […]

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Spotlight interview IV: Nina Milliken

 1) Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do – whatever practicalities you’re willing to share with readers. I am a 27 year old graduate student studying materials science and engineering in North Carolina. Other than time spent living abroad in England for a year and a half, I have lived my […]

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Spotlight interview III: Jules Sheridan

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 would describe myself as a political activist with a specific interest in issues surrounding […]

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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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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: 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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