We'd like to send love and solidarity to everyone finding things tough, and remind folk that Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland do fantastic work to challenge violence against women in Scotland and are there to offer support if you need it. If you or someone you know is affected by the recent news cycle or is seeking advice, you can find useful numbers and resources here.
From the US
Over the summer, we've been involved in work with academics, journalists, campaign groups and women's equality organisations on the Gender Equal Media Scotland project. The project brings together those who want to see a Scottish media which treats women equally – as employees, as contributors and as subjects of media attention. Events on gendered representations in the press and gendered patterns of employment in media have brought together speakers from across the country and beyond to address issues of representation of women in news rooms, reporting on violence against women, and more.
The importance of coverage that challenges the structures of gender inequality and that centres women's stories and experiences has never been more clear, but we still have a ways to go. Hang in there.
Feminism on Film: Engender joins with Take One Action Film Festival Films can be an amazing way to explore new ideas, understand complex issues, and celebrate change. And documentary film is a particularly good medium for discussion, as anyone who's overheard conversations about Fyre Festival, R Kelly or Apollo 11 this year will know.
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