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.
‘Knowing Me; Knowing You: Is this the best we can do for cohabiting couples? Engender has responded to the Scottish Law Commission's consultation on reforms to the law governing cohabitation in Scotland. This blog, from Engender's Policy and Parliamentary Manager Eilidh Dickson, sets out why equality in cohabitation is a feminist issue.
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