Category Archives: Women

The hidden victims of domestic violence

TweetBarbara Davis’s abusive boyfriend burned her fingers on the stove when he discovered her packed suitcase under the bed and realised she was trying to leave. He had controlled Davis, 36, who has a mild learning disability, for years. He … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking digital project to tackle domestic violence

TweetWith today the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I was interested to hear of a scheme from the States that aims to help abused women find support online within seconds. The web is full … Continue reading

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Why did the Salvation Army fail to act on my claims of sexual abuse?

TweetA woman who complained 16 years ago of being abused by charity personnel in the 1970s now wants an inquiry: The Salvation Army failed to investigate allegations of historical child abuse, according to a woman who told the charity 16 … Continue reading

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Telling the untold stories of austerity

Tweet Women in Croxteth, Liverpool, discuss the impact of cuts on communities, part of the research for the new book, Austerity Bites Do you know what austerity really means? Here’s a definition from the Collins Dictionary, as quoted in Mary … Continue reading

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In style and inclusive

TweetDisability and dress sense aren’t mutually exclusive. Take the first-ever New York fashion week model to work the runway in a wheelchair. It’s an obvious (and frequently made) point but, as wheelchair-using model Danielle Sheypuk said during her first New … Continue reading

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Breaking taboos about birth

TweetHyper-real images that question cultural attitudes towards women and childbirth form part of a new exhibition opening today. The show at the GV Art gallery by Helen Knowles, Private View: Public Birth, features both figurative and abstract images of women … Continue reading

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Teens teach peers about respect and relationships

TweetLate night on the estate, London. Two hooded and capped teen boys hang out, waiting for a couple of teen girls. Nervously the girls approach. Tiana used to go out with Stigz, but she’s not sure about this new guy … Continue reading

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Older, wiser..and off the radar?

TweetHow old does a woman have to be to be categorized as “older”? 50? 70? And if we push females deemed to be “older women”, in “late adulthood” or in “advanced years” into the same group, what common concerns do … Continue reading

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The project that helps you “be” something

TweetWhen I first met Linda, she told me: “When I was growing up I couldn’t imagine being anything”. I met Linda when I was delivering a training course aimed at former substance misusers who wanted to become “recovery champions” and … Continue reading

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Unemployed to enterprising

TweetMaria Ellingham had not worked full-time for a decade after having children. She then became a single parent who had the will to work but lacked the way. She was a qualified reflexologist and wanted to set up her own … Continue reading

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