August 27, 2009
This free seminar is organised by Rape Crisis Scotland & the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign, and provides an opportunity to hear more about what men can do to stop violence against women. Speakers include Joe Samalin from the ground breaking American organisation Men Can Stop Rape , and John Watson from Amnesty International speaking about the White Ribbon Campaign in Scotland. There will also be a panel discussion which will provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the important role that men can play in challenging issues such as rape.
Date: Tuesday 1st September 2009
Time: 6-8pm (Refreshments from 5.30pm. Seminar starts at 6pm).
Location: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
The seminar is free but you should reserve a place:-
Phone: 0141 331 4180
April 21, 2009
A new White Ribbon Scotland website has just been launched! This interactive web 2.0 site provides the opportunity for men in Scotland to sign up to the White Ribbon pledge (“not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women”) but also contains a wealth of information and resources to help you to engage with this challenging subject. A frequently asked questions section gives answers to questions such as “what about violence against men?”
The site has been endorsed by a range of prominent Scottish men including political leaders (Alex Salmond, Iain Gray, Tavish Scott), religious figures (Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Catholic Church, Osama Saeed of Scottish Islamic Foundation, David Lunan Moderator of the Church of Scotland) and and celebrities (Brian Cox, Christopher Brookmyre, Walter Smith, Gordon Strachan).
As a reader of this blog I’m sure you support the White Ribbon’s aims of getting more men active in challenging violence against women. Please could you therefore:
– visit the new site at www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk and take the pledge (you can upload a photo and make additional comments too, if you wish). Please note that women are welcome to sign up as supporters of the campaign aims.
– have a look at the additional actions available, even for those who only have a few minutes to spare
– most importantly help us to boost the campaign by passing this message on to your friends, urging them to visit the site too.
May 29, 2008
Tomorrow – Friday 30th May at 6.30pm – in the Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow, White Ribbon Glasgow and the Glasgow Feminist Network are hosting a free screening of the film ‘Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes’ by Byron Hurt. This excellent documentary explores masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip-hop music and culture. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local hip-hop heads and feminist organisations.
For more info and to RSVP see http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=28276993256
More info on Byron Hurt and the film from his web site http://www.bhurt.com/
Hope to see some of you there!
April 28, 2008
Findings from new research into Scottish men’s demand for prostitution have been published today. The research is a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and the US organisation Prostitute Research and Education.
Full Report: Challenging men’s demand for prostitution
5 stories in The Daily Record
Sex industry in Scotland: Inside the deluded minds of the punters
Sex industry in Scotland: Name and shame the punters
Sex industry in Scotland: Two ways to end prostitution
Sex industry in Scotland: New laws set to be introduced
Lap dance lies are exposed
There is also a quick vote poll on the Daily Record home page ‘What is the best way to end prostitution?’
As I write this at 5.30pm on 28th April the preliminary results are:-
Arrest hookers – 12.0%
Arrest punters – 35.6%
Reduce poverty – 22.1%
Reduce drug use – 30.3%
1 story in The Herald
‘Prostitute punters more violent’
STV short news report
‘Survey looks at men’s attitudes to prostitution‘
March 18, 2008
Start of regular meetings of the Glasgow White Ribbon group. We will be planning activities and talking about ways to get more men involved. This meeting is open to everyone. Come along have a drink and share ideas; together we can make a difference.
Monday 24th March: 7.30 – 9.00pm
Stereo, Renfield Lane (near Central Station), Glasgow
More info, including map on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=11032061606
March 12, 2008
International Women’s Day Celebration – Working Together for Improved Services for Women
Thursday 13th March 2008
Celtic Football Ground, Glasgow, G40 3RE
10.00am – 3.00pm
Free lunch and crèche available (please book crèche in advance)
To book a place contact – Angela McKay
tel: 0141 781 0230, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
9.30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10.0 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Cllr Cathy McMaster
Cllr Frank Doherty
10.30 Violence Against Women – A Community Safety Issue
Ann Fehilly Chair Safe Group, General Manager GCSS
10.45 Mhairi McGowan – ASSIST Co-Ordinator – The Domestic
11.0 How Long Is A Piece Of String?
Greater Easterhouse Women’s Aid
Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership
12.00 Multi Agency Work – Making it Happen
Dr Mairead Tagg, GEWA
1.30 H is 4
1.50 Questions and Evaluation
2.15 Role of Football in Tackling Violence Against Women
Celtic Football Club
2.30 Balloon Launch
Stephen McManus Captain, Celtic Football Club
March 10, 2008
What? A public meeting to raise awareness of sex trafficking
When? Thursday 13th March, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Where? University of Edinburgh Appleton Tower, Lecture theatre 2, (near George Square) Edinburgh.
– Law Tutor, University of Edinburgh
– Campaigner for Amnesty International
Gil Paterson MSP
– Member of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Mens Violence Against Women and Children
Det Superintendent Michael Orr
– Scottish police spokesperson on Human Trafficking.
£1 Entry, all proceeds go to TARA, the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance.