Friday 30th May, 6.30pm. Free film screening in Glasgow: Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

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

More info on Byron Hurt and the film from his web site

Hope to see some of you there!


Challenging men’s demand for prostitution – research findings into attitudes of men who buy sex

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

Media Coverage

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

Men’s Discussion Group – Sun 9th March 4pm – 6pm. Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

March 2, 2008

In collaboration with the amazing Glasgow Feminist Network, the White Ribbon Campaign in Glasgow has organised a Men’s Discussion Group on Sun 9th March 4pm – 6pm in Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow.

Men’s Discussion Group: What can men do to help in stopping men’s violence against women?
Sun 9th March 4pm – 6pm. Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

This discussion group will be facilitated by me! Interested men are invited to come along, and find out what they can do to get involved in helping to stop violence against women. Female readers: please encourage all the men you know to go along – boyfriends, husbands, fathers, brothers, friends, colleagues… they don’t need to be afraid. It will be a safe environment, about creating positive change, NOT about guilt or blame.

I am very hopeful that a White Ribbon Glasgow group will arise out of this event, and meet on a regular basis like our friends in the Edinburgh group.

There are literally dozens more events across the city and beyond, organised by all kinds of groups for International Women’s Day. The Glasgow Feminist Network have an International Women’s Day Events Calendar, which you can find by checking out their MySpace:

‘Until the Violence Stops’ V-Day Screening – CCA, Glasgow – Tue March 4th

March 2, 2008

In collaboration with the wonderful Glasgow Feminist Network, we will have a White Ribbon stall at this event, prior to the film screening. Come along and find about our upcoming Men’s Discussion Group and other ways to get involved. The film screening starts at 7pm, we will be there from 6pm onwards.

Until the Violence Stops features playwright and activist Eve Ensler in a powerful film that documents how The Vagina Monologues grew into the international grassroots movement, V-Day, to stop violence against women and girls. In 2002, eight hundred cities around the world participated in V-Day by staging benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues. Until the Violence Stops shows women from Harlem, New York to Ukiah, California; from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Philippines and Kenya, uniting and courageously revealing their intimate and deeply painful experiences with abuse ranging from rape to female circumcision.

Proceeds from this event will benefit V-Day 2008 Spotlight: Women of New Orleans and Women’s Aid Glasgow.

email to reserve a ticket.

£5 adults /£3 concessions.

Launch of Rape Crisis Scotland national helpline

October 17, 2007

The launch of the new Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline took place on Thursday 11th October 2007.

The National Helpline is for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. It is open from 6pm to midnight, 7 days a week, offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information. The helpline can also put people in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support. The helpline offers a minicom service for Deaf or hard of hearing people, and can arrange for language interpreters for callers whose first language is not English.

The freephone National Helpline number (voice and minicom) is: 08088 01 03 02

STV report – watch video online
Glasgow Evening Times article

Rape Crisis Scotland national helpline poster

Reclaim the Night in Edinburgh was a great success

October 16, 2007

I’ve been so busy doing White Ribbon stuff recently that I’ve had no time to write about it!

There was excellent publicity leading up to the Reclaim the Night march, including a piece in the Edinburgh Evening News , an article by Rebecca from the Edinburgh Feminist Network [EFN] in the F-Word and a radio interview we (me, Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland and 2 members of the EFN) did for Good Morning Scotland on the BBC. I managed to capture the audio online so I will post it here when I have more time.

On Sunday 7th October, there was a film screening event at the Cameo cinema organised in conjunction with the March. I spoke a bit about White Ribbon before the films and the EFN talked about the March and the significance of these films. The films were excellent – Fire and Volver. It was a great opportunity to meet with the EFN and talk about the upcoming march and the men’s discussion group. The event was sold out and there was a good public response to the information stand and publicity for the March.

On Thursday 11th October I travelled through to Edinburgh for the March. We held a Men’s Discussion Group for an hour before the march set off. In the end about 10-15 people turned up and it was great to have a chance to talk about a wide range of issues relating to men’s violence against women. We focused particularly on what men can do to get more involved. To my delight several members of the group decided there and then to form a White Ribbon Edinburgh group and to meet again next week. So if anyone would like to go along, the meeting will be upstairs in the Wash Bar on The Mound from 7.30pm onwards on Thursday 18th October.

We then joined the Reclaim the Night March which had come from Lothian Road, along Princes Street and up to the Mound. There must have been several hundred people marching and excellent support from bystanders too. We marched down to the Meadows where a rally was held, including stories read out from survivors of sexual violence, and speakers from the march organisers (EFN), Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland and me on behalf of White Ribbon. I was very nervous beforehand and the bright lights on stage made it almost impossible to read what I had prepared and written down! But I did my best to improvise, and I think it worked out well because the crowds cheered and quite a few people said later it had been a really good speech. Some members of the EFN filmed the whole march and rally so it may appear on YouTube someday!

There was a short post march article in the Edinburgh Evening News again on Friday 12th October.

You can find out more information about the event, including photos, at the Reclaim the Night Facebook group and blog.


New Facebook group

October 15, 2007

We’ve set up a new Facebook group for the White Ribbon Scotland campaign. This group is a place to discuss what you can do to get involved, organise local groups and events, and keep in touch with all that is happening in Scotland.

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