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Message from Scottish Women’s Aid

2009 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Simone de Beauvoir’s ground-breaking book ‘The Second Sex’ in which she asked the question ‘what is a woman?.  To celebrate International Women’s Day 2009 and the anniversary of the book’s publication, Scottish Women’s Aid is asking what it means to be a woman in 2009.  We plan to create an interactive ‘virtual exhibition’ operated through our web-site, gathering answers from women as well as public figures.

 Beauvoir drew on biology, history, philosophy and anthropology to conclude that during her own time, and previous to it, woman was ‘Other’ to the normal male human being, the second sex, discriminated against, objectified, less valued.  ‘Woman’ she also decided is neither a fixed entity nor intrinsic to the female human being but created by society and is an identity that shifts with time and culture.  In other words, in the words of the book’s most famous line ‘one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’.

 The book inspired and motivated a generation to agitate for change.  Indeed much has changed since Beauvoir wrote: anti-discrimination legislation has been passed, there are more career and education opportunities for woman etc.  But much still needs to change: the pay gap still exists and women continue to experience violence in the form of domestic abuse, rape and trafficking in large numbers.

We would be enormously pleased if you and your group were to support this by answering the question ‘what is a woman in 2009’, providing a short quote, poem or doodle and if possible a photograph to go along with this. You can email us your contributions or join our facebook page “Scottish women’s aid”  

I have attached an info rmation sheet on The Second Sex for your info rmation.

 

Ellie Hutchinson

Administration Information Worker

 

Scottish Women’s Aid

2nd Floor 132 Rose Street

Edinburgh

EH2 3JD

0131 226 6606

 

www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk

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January 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Telling our stories – Polish Version

W poszukiwaniu historii kobiet

 

Istnieją statystyki mówiące, że jedna na cztery kobiety doświadczyła gwałtu lub próby gwałtu w ciągu swojego życia; mówiące, że żadne z gwałtów nie kończą się skazaniem, że skala domowych gwałtów przy użyciu przemocy jest przeogromna, że napastowanie uliczne to olbrzymi problem. Jednak nic nie wskazuje na to, żeby pozostawały one w naszej pamięci; są tak niemożliwie wielkimi liczbami, że często nie wydają się wystarczająco osobiste, aby być odbierane jako realne.

Jednakże, dla tych, spośród nas, które są tą jedną z czterech lub które były bądź wciąż trwają  w związku, w którym ma miejsce przemoc i znęcanie się, statystyki te są aż nazbyt osobiste. W Międzynarodowym Dniu Kobiet (8 Marca), kobiety i popierający akcję mężczyźni, będą maszerować ulicami Edynburga, aby okazać swój gniew na społeczeństwo, które raczej pozwala kobietom żyć w nieustannym strachu przed przemocą, niż przyłączą się do walki z nią. Oprócz tego, chcemy założyć forum, na którym kobiety, które doświadczyły jakiejkolwiek przemocy (gwałtu, wykorzystania seksualnego, maltretowania w rodzinie, skrzywdzenia emocjonalnego, napastowania ulicznego, okaleczenia narządów płciowych) jak i te, które doświadczyły życia w strachu przed przemocą, nawet jeśli chodzi tu jedynie o spacer wieczorną porą, mogą zostać wysłuchane.

Jeśli jesteś zainteresowana/y tym pomysłem, chcielibyśmy zamieścić Twoją historię w magazynie, który stworzymy i rozprowadzimy po Edynburgu, aby jasno dowieść, iż przemoc w stosunku do kobiet jest problemem w naszym mieście i że należy to zmienić. Nie ma tutaj żadnego nacisku; chcemy zapewnić forum dla tych, które zechce opowiedzieć swoją historię. Jeśli nie chcesz, lub nie czujesz się gotowa, nie musisz tego robić. Wybór należy do Ciebie.

 

rtnedinburgh08@googlemail.com

 

Reclaim the Night Edinburgh

124 Fernieside Crescent
Edinburgh

EH17 7DH

January 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

Telling our stories

There are big statistics out there, saying things like one in four women experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, saying that almost no rapes result in conviction, that domestic violence rapes are sky high, that street harassment is a terrible problem. But these statistics don’t really seem to sink in, they’re such impossibly large numbers, it often doesn’t seem personal enough to be real. However, for those of use who are that one in four, or who have been in or currently are in an abuse relationship, or simply live and walk in fear of violence, the statistics are all too personal. On International Women’s Day (March 8th) women and supportive men will be marching through Edinburgh to show our anger at a culture which would rather allow women to live in constant fear of violence than try to abolish violence against women. To go alongside this, we want to provide a forum where women who have experienced all forms of violence against women can have their voices heard (including rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence including emotional and psychological abuse, street harassment, female genital mutilation, and those who have experiences of living in the fear that violence might happen, even if just when walking the streets at night). If you’re interested in this idea, then we’d love to put your story into a magazine we want to create and distribute in Edinburgh, to make it clear that violence against women is a problem in our city and needs to change. This is not a pressure, we want to provide a forum for those who want to tell their stories, if you don’t want to or don’t feel ready to then don’t. It’s your choice. Feel free to send us your story in whatever language you feel most comfortable writing. (Although we won’t have the funds for video, so BSL isn’t possible.) You can email us your story at rtnedinburgh08@googlemail.com Alternatively, if you don’t have internet or want to be more anonymous you can write to: Reclaim the Night Edinburgh 124 Fernieside Crescent Edinburgh EH17 7DH

January 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm 1 comment


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