Speaking Out

Scottish Women’s Aid in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library, Women’s History Scotland and the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting new 2 year project looking at the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland.

Speaking Out Poetry Workshop Part II

While the Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland exhibition was on display at the Museum of Edinburgh, we held two wonderful creative writing workshops facilitated by the very talented feminist poet Nadine Aisha (@nadineaishaj, website). Material from the first workshop can be seen here. It seemed fitting to share work from the second workshop, held at the end of January, […]

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Handbags but No Glad-Rags at the Speaking Out Exhibition

In advance of the Speaking Out exhibition opening on 7 March at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and the Highland Record Centre (the exhibition is being split over the two venues), research student Emma Forbes shares a review of the exhibition while it was on display at the Museum of Edinburgh.

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Speaking Out Goes to Parliament

The Speaking Out project visited the Scottish Parliament this week to officially launch our project film, which is now available to view on the website, and engage those in government with the history of the Women’s Aid movement in Scotland. It was an evening of sisterhood, solidarity and singing. Here, Emma recaps the evening’s highlights.

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Speaking Out Learning Resource

Volunteer Susie Dalton introduces the Speaking Out learning resource which will be launched in June 2017 for use in secondary schools and by youth organisations. She discusses the importance of empowering young people to be aware of abusive behaviours, gender inequality and the role that Women’s Aid in Scotland has played (and still plays) in supporting women, children and young people with experience of domestic abuse.

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Events Roundup

In a new post, we recap the events we’ve been holding as part of the Speaking Out project to share and celebrate the history of the Women’s Aid movement in Scotland and let you know about some exciting talks and workshops we have planned for the next few weeks. We’re also after your help in organising events around Scotland in 2017!

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Speaking Out Poetry Workshop

In today’s post we share poems written by women during a creative writing workshop with feminist poet Nadine Aisha responding to the Speaking Out exhibition.

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Checking In: Speaking Out One Year On

We are now at the halfway point of the Speaking Out project. Co-ordinator Sarah Browne reflects on what we’ve achieved so far.

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Speaking Out Exhibition Now Open!

The Speaking Out exhibition is now open at the Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate. We invite you all to come and visit! In this post we recap the joint opening preview event last Thursday for the Speaking Out and The Real Women of Edinburgh exhibitions.

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Meet Elizabeth, Project Archivist and Women’s History Advocate

In today’s post we meet the newest member of the Speaking Out team, Elizabeth O’Brien. Elizabeth is one of our project archivists working at Glasgow Women’s Library to catalogue, digitise and make the Scottish Women’s Aid archive more accessible.

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Four Women, Three Interviews

Volunteer Margaret Moore reflects on her experiences of interviewing women for the Speaking Out project and describes what she’s learned so far, about Women’s Aid and the women who established and continue to run the service and also about herself and her growing confidence as an oral history interviewer.

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