12 Months of Zero Tolerance

As another year draws to a close, we want to share some of our highlights from 2015. . .

  1. January

  2. Deeply concerned about the impact that welfare ‘reform’ could have on vulnerable women and women experiencing abuse, we joined other women’s and voluntary sector organisations calling for a suspension of the roll out of Universal-Credit in Scotland.
  3. Following the decision of Oldham Athletic to not sign Ched Evans, our Development Officer (Educators and Employers), Amy wrote about our PACT programme and challenges workplaces to embed prevention cultures based on a shared intolerance for violence towards women and girls.
  4. Our Capacity Building Officer, Liz, attended #ACTconf, where she was able to learn about important new research and meet professionals to inform our own Under Pressure work.
  5. ZT staff went along to the #GCUWise Ailsa McKay commemorative conference. Intrigued and inspired by how a feminist approach to economics could make women safer, Liz wrote our first blog of February. . .

  6. February

  7. . . .Liz explored the possibilities and promise of a citizen’s income, following on her experience at the Ailsa McKay conference.
  8. On Valentine’s Day, the 50 Shades of Grey film opened in cinemas. Deeply concerned about the normalisation of abuse embedded within the film (concerns shared by many BDSM enthusiasts), Liz created a resource for youth workers and educators to support young people to take a critical look at the media which surrounds us all.

    (An in-depth blog from Glasgow Rape Crisis detailing the ways that 50 Shades normalises abuse would go on to win a Write to End Violence Against Women award in December.)
  9. We submitted our consultation response to the draft Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.

  10. March

  11. An International Women's Day shoutout to all our sisters!
  12. Do you remember ‘the dress’? We certainly do (though we wish we could forget!) We also remember a follow-up domestic abuse awareness campaign that gave us both pause for thought and cause for concern, as our Co-director Jenny wrote in our blog.
  13. March brought us UK budget day, and Jenny outlined our support for a #PlanF that puts gender equality front and centre.
  14. Always keen to support our sister organisations, we joined Scottish Women’s Aid #whatareyourplans general election campaign.
  15. We also joined our sisters in a collective groan over the atrociously sexist media coverage in the lead up to the general elections; indeed, this is why we teamed up with Women 5050 to present the first “Gender Equality” award at the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.
  16. We closed off the month with our Next Generation Feminist ( #NextGenFem) conference. It was such a joy to have so many passionate and inspiring young people in one place!  

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