Engender is proud to host this guest comic from Grace Wilson and Jenny Bloomfield.
Of their story Life, they say:
"Life shows the not uncommon story of a woman from Northern Ireland travelling to England to access abortion.
"When we wrote Life early last spring, we had no idea that
abortion on the island of Ireland was going to hit the headlines in
quite the way it has. And whilst there have been political commitments
to improvements for women, the reality is still a long
way from local access to safe services.
"We hope that Life serves as a small reminder of the need for
this continued fight. We hope that in future years, such a story will
not need to be told." Life is Jenny and Grace's first collaboration. Their second, a humorous short story called The Life and Times of Mhairi Black, will be published in We
Shall Fight Until We Win by 404 Ink & BHP Comics this summer.
Artist and writer Grace Wilson has published graphic novel Saving Grace
with Jonathan Cape, a darkly comic commentary on the London housing
crisis. More of Grace's work can be found at gracewilson.co.uk.
Writer Jenny Bloomfield is undertaking a creative writing MA at
Edinburgh Napier University, whilst also working on a feminist thriller.
Our first review is from Kay, a linguistics graduate of the University of Aberdeen and who is currently working as an English teacher in Tokyo. This review contains spoilers, so continue with caution if you haven't seen the film yet.
This week we have been joined in the new
Engender office by Livi, a student on a work experience placement from Holy
Rood RC High. While here, Livi has written a piece on period shaming, an issue which she has previously researched at
school and feels strongly should be more widely covered.
A few weeks ago, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations asked our Policy and Parliamentary Manager, Emma Trottier, to write a short blog about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the SDG concerning gender equality and its link to the rest of the goals. Here she sets out what needs to happen for the goal to become a reality.
For those unfamiliar, the fifth of the 17 SDGs commits member states to achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. By 2030. Or 15 years from the time the SDGs were agreed to in 2015. Ambitious, isn’t it?
As you know we've been supporting women across Scotland to get involved in the Scottish Government's consultation on social security, and to make their voices heard on the experience panels that will help shape the new social security system in Scotland. Here is a message from the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman MSP, following the publication of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill last week, to all women who have engaged in the process so far: