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Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2014
Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2014 The second Write to End Violence Against Women Awards will take place this evening - Wednesday 10th December 2014 - in the Scottish Parliament. This event is organised jointly by a group of anti-violence against women charities (including Rape Crisis Scotland) and the NUJ and is intended to celebrate quality journalism about violence against women. The awards form part of the 16 days of action around violence against women. The global theme for this years’ international 16 days campaign is 'From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women'....

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RCS Annual Report 2014
RCS Annual Report 2014 Rape Crisis Scotland has just published its Annual Report for 2014 .This highlights among other developments the impact made during the first six months of Rape Crisis Scotland's Sexual Violence Prevention Project, an increase in the number of people supported by rape crisis centres, and Rape Crisis Scotland's involvement in some key legal developments....

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New forced marriage legislation
New forced marriage legislation New legislation around Forced Marriage came into effect on 30 September 2014 - Section 122 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the Act) came into effect on 30 September 2014 and makes it an offence to force someone into marriage in Scotland....

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Seminar conversations at Edinburgh University
Seminar conversations at Edinburgh University A series of four Friday afternoon seminar conversations with activists and campaigners, researchers, film makers and counsellors on aspects of gendered violence in Scotland will take place at Edinburgh University in the coming months . These seminars offer a unique opportunity for committed and experienced colleagues to come together, take stock of work developed in Scotland and engage in dialogue about the future political, practice and research agenda relating to gendered violence in Scotland. Outline details are as follows, and further information, including booking arrangements, can be found via the links below. 10 October 2014...

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Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System in translation
Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System in translation Our new video resource 'Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System' is also available in a variety of community languages in addition to the English and subtitled versions. ' Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System ' ( overview here ) - is for anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported and their case is currently in Scottish justice system. The video includes interviews with key professionals and an overview of how to report and what you may expect at each stage of the process. There is a subtitled version of the video for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing ( overview here ) and it is also available in Arabic ( overview here ), French ( overview here ), Polish ( overview here ), Slovak ( overview here ), Chinese ( overview here ), and Urdu ( overview here )....

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Istanbul Convention now in force
Istanbul Convention now in force Rape Crisis Scotland welcomes the news that the Istanbul Convention is now in force as of Friday 1st August ; 14 member states of the Council of Europe have ratified this new human rights treaty and a further 22 states have signed it. The Istanbul Convention is a European treaty whose provisions will enable the member states to challenge and prevent violence against women effectively, and to meet the needs of those who have had these crimes perpetrated against them. The Convention outlines minimum standards to prevent, prosecute and protect women from rape and physical violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), stalking, forced abortion, honour violence and forced marriage. Although the UK Government is a signatory to the Convention, it has yet to ratify it . Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged states which have not already done so, to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention : "All need to act now to improve the lives of the many women and girls who are subjected to violence, simply because of their gender," he said in a statement....

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