26 June 2015 19:30 ~ Asylum and Exile – Bidisha – SAWCC – London

SAWCC Presents: Author Bidisha on Asylum and Exile in conversation with Ruksana Yasmin

BBC broadcaster and human rights journalist Bidisha talks about her new book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London,   with award winning literary editor Ruksana Ahmed.

Asylum and Exile, Bidisha’s fifth book, is a result of her outreach work with refugees and asylum seekers since 2012. This chronicle goes behind the headlines, the stereotypes, and the scare stories to reveal the humanity, tragedy and bravery – and frequently the humour – of the individuals, now in London, who’ve left everything behind to seek sanctuary from violence.

About the presenters:

Bidisha is a British writer and BBC broadcaster specialising in human rights, international affairs, arts, and culture. She engages in outreach work in UK prisons and detention centres; and was a International Reporting Project 2013 Fellow, working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to raise awareness of global health and development issues. As of spring 2013 she is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation. Her previous book (2012) is the internationally acclaimed reportage Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine.

Rukhsana Yasmin started as a Diversity in Publishing Trainee in 2007 after publication of the In Full Colour report, highlighting the lack of diversity in publishing. She has worked as editor and commissioning editor at Profile Books, and at Saqi. Her authors include: China Mieville, Reza Aslan, Courttia Newland, Dr. Gene Sharp and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Rukhsana was awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing in 2012, and in 2014 was named a Bookseller Rising Star.

This event is open to women only.



SAWCC London (pronounced “saucy”) — the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective — are a creative network of women artists and appreciators with origins from, or a keen interest in South Asia and diaspora. SAWCC nurture independently-forged British South Asian female creative expression across disciplines. Featuring free ‘bi-monthlies’ (often women-only), and popular public events, SAWCC offer a platform for women to share, develop, and promote creative ideas and works. Founded in 2004, SAWCC London is a sister organisation of SAWCC New York, a vibrant respected arts organisation.

Website – www.sawcc.org/community/sawcc-london/
Email – sawcc-london@sawcc.org
Facebook – www.facebook.com/groups/sawcclondon
Twitter: @SAWCC_London

June 15, 2015

Female Cyclists Experience Twice as Much Aggression on the Roads than Men – Total Women’s Cycling

Slower speeds cited as reason for more dangerous driving around women

Women on bikes are subjected to twice as many incidences of harassment and bad driving per mile than men, a recent study reveals.

The Near Miss Project looked at the experiences of over 1,600 cyclists and found women reported 0.42 “near miss” or harassment incidents per mile, compared to men’s 0.24.

Riders reported experiencing “very scary” incidents on a weekly basis and most of the reports related to close overtakes, drivers turning across their path, or verbal abuse.

The study contradicts previous research by Ian Walker which suggested that female cyclists are offered more passing room by drivers.

The evidence also throws into question popular comments around drivers reacting to ‘macho men in lycra acting like they’re in the Tour de France’.

Researches concluded that more research was needed into why women were experiencing more incidents. However, the initial explanation was that drivers became impatient with the slower, on average, riding speeds of women.

The women’s rides averaged at around 8mph, whilst men’s journeys averaged at 11mph.

Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Transport Lecturer at Westminster University, concluded in the report: “[A] sobering result is the relatively high incident rate reported by women, which regression analysis suggested was a result of their lower speeds and shorter trips.”

She added that since previous research has shown near misses can be a deterrent from cycling, the findings could even explain the lower numbers of women getting around by bike.

Dr Aldred added: “Policy currently seeks to diversify cycling… and in this context it is concerning that women seem to experience a higher rate of near miss incidents than do men. More attention should therefore be paid to the experiences of slower and possibly less risk-tolerant cyclists.”

Do you think you experience more incidences of dangerous driving and harassment on the roads as your male friends?

You can comment at http://totalwomenscycling.com/news/female-cyclists-subject-to-twice-as-many-near-misses-than-men-research-shows-51260/#0tf4Ga2do8DO1bsy.97

See also: The ‘Pootle’ Lane for Women Cyclists – The Debate Continues http://totalwomenscycling.com/lifestyle/debate-continues-32107/#pP27gXmFj64BVUoA.97

June 15, 2015

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) response to withdrawal of funding

RCNI call on government to state its intention to address the challenges of addressing sexual violence

On 9th of June RCNI called on government to meet the challenges in addressing sexual violence. The government’s response so far has been dismissive and inadequate. We call on the government to state its intention to address the significant challenges, gaps and deficits in the State’s current response to sexual violence.

Dr Clíona Saidléar RCNI Acting Director said,

‘4 out of 5 survivors of sexual violence are voting with their feet and are not engaging with the justice system or accessing one to one counselling. Therefore, for government to effectively say it is sufficient to be funding direct face-to-face services for 20% of survivors as well as working to improve legislation and the justice process, is not credible. This is not justice.

‘This silent majority must be listened to by this government. We must continue to ask what more needs to be done, in our communities and across the whole of government to respond progressively to sexual violence. The challenge is that the majority of survivors do not engage with the State. RCNI works to ensure their voices do not get lost.

‘Addressing this very serious challenge requires working in partnership with the specialists who can assist government. Instead, at a time when the RCNI and the limited specialist resources available to government are in jeopardy, this government have put their energy into dismissing and attempting to silence and undermine them. Such a response from government, on the removal by Tusla of RCNI core funding, lacks seriousness. Survivors deserve better from this government and we demand better. It is time for concrete measures and investment on the issue.

RCNI Core funding from HSE/Tusla was cut from €292,770 in 2010 to €183,878 in 2014, representing a 37% cut. Before being cut fully in 2015 as of the 31st of March. This funding represents approximately 70% of our statutory funding and the remaining 30% is designated for specific programmes.

Press Release at http://www.rcni.ie/rcni-call-on-government-to-state-its-intention-to-address-the-challenges-of-addressing-sexual-violence/

See also http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/very-serious-mistakes-in-state-s-sexual-violence-strategy-1.2242896

June 15, 2015

29 June 2015 ~ Seeking expressions of interest: young people’s reference group members child abuse and neglect – AVA

AVA is really excited to have been commissioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to recruit and facilitate an External Reference Group (ERG) of young people who have been affected by child abuse and neglect.

We strongly believe that young people’s experiences and voices should be at the heart of any meaningful guidance and look forward to starting this innovative work.

As such we are looking to recruit up to 15 young people from across England and Wales to be part of this influential group. If you would like to know more about the project please read the additional information and complete the expression of interest form if you would like to nominate young people from your service.

For more information please download the form.

Please note the deadline has been extended to June 29th.


June 15, 2015

Sexual Violence Prevention Project Evaluation – Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland has published the evaluation into its Sexual Violence Prevention Project, which works with young people across Scotland on issues relating to sexual violence, consent and healthy relationships. Key findings include:

  • The project increased knowledge about what the law says sexual violence is – 53% of young people agreed they knew what they law said prior to attending the workshops. This increased to 89% after attending.
  • Attitudes also changed significantly, with the data suggesting that the workshop sessions were successful in raising young people’s awareness of sexual violence, the importance of equality and consent in healthy relationships, and that the responsibility for sexual violence lies with perpetrators rather than victims.
  • 94% of young people think it is important that they have education on these issues
  • Young people overwhelmingly agreed that adults were right to be concerned about young people and relationships
  • Teachers are concerned about early sexualisation, abusive relationships and bullying on social media

A copy of the evaluation can be found here and a summary of key findings here.


June 15, 2015