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A Letter to Michael Matheson, Justice Minister

Our letter to Michael Matheson, arguing the need for a change in the treatment of women in the criminal justice system in Scotland.

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Gillian Martin: Diaries from Galicia, Catalonia and Euskadi

Earlier this month, Gillian Martin from the Indy Quines in Aberdeen, represented Women for Independence on a tour of Galicia, Basque and Catalonia, meeting women's groups and those from the independence movements in the region, before finally speaking at the International Women's Day rally in Barcelona. Here, she writes about her incredible experience. 

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The Living Rent Campaign - Better Housing is a Feminist Issue

One hundred years ago, the women of Glasgow marched and went on strike to demand better quality housing and an end to slum landlords, here Liz Ely from Women for Independence and the Living Rent Campaign sets out why one hundred years on, better housing continues to be a feminist issue.

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Bathrobes in Lockers - Why we need Feminism if we want Equality

In the first article in our new series - Why Feminism Still Matters - Kathleen Caskie explains why, despite accusations of sexism - feminist and women's organisations like us are essential if we're to achieve (gender) equality in Scotland today. 

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Cheap Publicity Stunts Won't Work, Labour; it's Time to Take Women Seriously

In the wake of Labour's Pink Bus fiasco, equality lawyer and former Labour Party member Carol Fox argues that if Labour were really serious about gender equality, they would focus on more than cheap publicity stunts. 

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From Scotland to Iraq, We Cannot Stay Silent about the Abuse of Women

The state failed women in Bosnia. The west failed the Yazidi women in Iraq, and in the UK, two women a week are killed by partners or ex-partners, having been failed by the state. Carolyn Leckie argues that we cannot stay silent about the suffering faced by women throughout the world, and the failure by states - indeed in some case the west itself - to protect them.

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The Monstrous Regiment of Women

Marsha Scott reflects on the transition from a campaign, to a women's mass movement, and offers some pearls of wisdom for the period in between. 

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A History of Women for Independence: Doing Politics Differently

By Kathleen Caskie

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During the referendum campaign the number of ‘special interest’ groups declaring for ‘yes’ became a source of mockery from the ‘no’ camp (although it was actually one of the Yes campaign’s greatest strengths). But among all the farmers, lawyers, NHS, social workers and third sector for ‘yes’ groups, one group was different: Women for Independence (WfI). Firstly because we were not called ‘Women for Yes’ and were not set-up or managed by the official ‘yes’ campaign. Indeed, the launch of WfI as an independent campaigning organisation predated the launch of the Yes campaign. Secondly, of course, women are not a minority. We are not a niche or special interest group. We are the majority of the population, yet continue to be disproportionately excluded from positions of political power and influence.

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Diversity in Practice | How do we Practically Involve Women from Ethnic Minority Backgrounds in WFI?

By Nighet Nasim Riaz

Nighet Nasim Riaz looks at what organisations like Women for Independence can do to engage women from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Why should women have to pay for the bankers' mistakes? Save Clydebank Women's Aid!

By Carolyn Leckie

 In an article first published in The National, Carolyn Leckie looks at the consequences of the potential forced closure of Clydebank Womens Aid due to funding cuts, and argues that vulnerable women should not have to pay the price for the greed of society's elite.cwa.jpg

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