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.

Volunteers, We ♥ You!

In celebration of volunteers week, 1-7 June, project co-ordinator Sarah Browne reflects on how vital volunteers have been to the Speaking Out project and updates us on what took place at our recent volunteer catch-up events (besides eating lots of amazing cake that is!).

Working Against the Grain: stories from the Scottish Women’s Aid newspaper collection

In today’s post, project volunteer Yvonne McFadden, who has conducted oral history interviews and been assisting in cataloguing the Scottish Women’s Aid archive, tells us about the large collection of newspaper stories clipped by Women’s Aid workers throughout the years and what they can tell us about attitudes of the time and the adversity faced by the Women’s Aid movement.

The Art of Women’s Aid

In today’s post we take a look at some of the fantastic artwork featured in Scottish Women’s Aid newsletters and publications over the years along with showcasing some Edinburgh Women’s Liberation group newsletter covers. A celebration of the creative talent in the Women’s Aid and Women’s Liberation movements over the years!

How to Keep Speaking Out

In today’s post we outline different ways for project volunteers and others to continue or get involved with raising awareness of issues affecting women, protecting women’s rights and highlighting the importance of women’s history.

Speaking Out in Inverness

Project volunteer Margaret Moore takes us on a tour of the Speaking Out exhibition which was on display in Inverness during March. The exhibition is currently on show in the Pathfoot Building at the University of Stirling until 16 June.

Speaking Out Poetry Workshop Part II

To celebrate International Women’s Day, today’s post features a selection of incredible poems written during our second creative writing workshop held in January as part of the events programme running alongside the Speaking Out exhibition at the Museum of Edinburgh and facilitated by feminist poet Nadine Aisha.

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.

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.

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.

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!