Special day to empower women

This Is Wiltshire: International Women's Day will be celebrated with workshops, displays, activities and discussions on March 8th around the Central Library International Women's Day will be celebrated with workshops, displays, activities and discussions on March 8th around the Central Library

SWINDON will mark International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8 with workshops, displays, activities and discussions surrounding the topics of respect and empowerment in and around the Central Library.

The event will launch on the evening of Friday March 7, with five individual art exhibitions at Post Modern, Artsite and the library. On the Saturday, women will be offered makeovers and will be able to take part in journal-writing, crafts, henna painting, and story-telling.

These will be followed by a panel discussion on women in business, hosted by Elaine Godley, founder of VitalityMax.

Central to this year’s IWD celebrations is the Respect Not Violence campaign, which highlights the vital role of men in putting an end to violence against women.

Event co-ordinator Rosa Matheson said: “According to statistics, one in four women experience violence. The fact is that the majority of men find this as horrible as women do, but get little chance of voicing that; this is their chance to say so.”

There will also be a white balloon launch on the Saturday.

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11:05am Wed 26 Feb 14

swindondad says...

Good luck to all those who take part in this event.

Can I assume that the same resources / publicity will be given to International Men’s day in November?
No I thought Not.

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Internation
al_Men's_Day
Good luck to all those who take part in this event. Can I assume that the same resources / publicity will be given to International Men’s day in November? No I thought Not. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Internation al_Men's_Day swindondad
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11:12am Wed 26 Feb 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Here's some interesting facts about domestic violence:


The police receive a 999 call every three minutes from a male victim

1 in 6 men will experience Domestic Violence in their life

Every third victim of Domestic Violence is a man

Domestic Violence equates to approx 25% of all reported violent crimes

9% of all reported violent crimes are Domestic Violence cases involving male victims

Approximately 4 million men are affected every year by domestic violence

Practically the same percentage of men as women are victims of severe acts of Domestic Violence.

Yet there's lots of publicity surrounding domestic abuse of women, hardly any for the male victims. How about publicising a campaign to stop ALL domestic abuse, regardless of gender?!
Here's some interesting facts about domestic violence: The police receive a 999 call every three minutes from a male victim 1 in 6 men will experience Domestic Violence in their life Every third victim of Domestic Violence is a man Domestic Violence equates to approx 25% of all reported violent crimes 9% of all reported violent crimes are Domestic Violence cases involving male victims Approximately 4 million men are affected every year by domestic violence Practically the same percentage of men as women are victims of severe acts of Domestic Violence. Yet there's lots of publicity surrounding domestic abuse of women, hardly any for the male victims. How about publicising a campaign to stop ALL domestic abuse, regardless of gender?! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:24am Wed 26 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners.

Let's get some perspective here, eh?
Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners. Let's get some perspective here, eh? ChannelX
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11:39am Wed 26 Feb 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

ChannelX wrote:
Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners.

Let's get some perspective here, eh?
Agreed, let's get some perspective, it's not two men per week. It's more like 1 just under every two weeks (around 30 a year). Does that make it any more acceptable?
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners. Let's get some perspective here, eh?[/p][/quote]Agreed, let's get some perspective, it's not two men per week. It's more like 1 just under every two weeks (around 30 a year). Does that make it any more acceptable? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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12:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners.

Let's get some perspective here, eh?
Agreed, let's get some perspective, it's not two men per week. It's more like 1 just under every two weeks (around 30 a year). Does that make it any more acceptable?
No, it's not acceptable at all, but it is - as you've usefully highlighted - two thirds less of a problem.

I get that things seem to endlessly skewed towards and in favour of women, but to continually just immediately respond with, 'What about blokes?' everytime something is mentioned about women is rather tiresome and doesn't help either gender.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners. Let's get some perspective here, eh?[/p][/quote]Agreed, let's get some perspective, it's not two men per week. It's more like 1 just under every two weeks (around 30 a year). Does that make it any more acceptable?[/p][/quote]No, it's not acceptable at all, but it is - as you've usefully highlighted - two thirds less of a problem. I get that things seem to endlessly skewed towards and in favour of women, but to continually just immediately respond with, 'What about blokes?' everytime something is mentioned about women is rather tiresome and doesn't help either gender. ChannelX
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12:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

ChannelX wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners.

Let's get some perspective here, eh?
Agreed, let's get some perspective, it's not two men per week. It's more like 1 just under every two weeks (around 30 a year). Does that make it any more acceptable?
No, it's not acceptable at all, but it is - as you've usefully highlighted - two thirds less of a problem.

I get that things seem to endlessly skewed towards and in favour of women, but to continually just immediately respond with, 'What about blokes?' everytime something is mentioned about women is rather tiresome and doesn't help either gender.
So simply highlighting something that is never mentioned, that domestic abuse also occurs to people who aren't women, is somehow not helping either gender? So how will sweeping it under the rug and not mentioning it help?

Your attitude seems one of "It happens less to men so therefore it's less important" and is one of the many reasons men do not report domestic abuse at all. The real figure for male domestic abuse is likely much higher than reported.

I don't really care if you find me stating these facts (once, not "continually") "tiresome" but I will continue to do so while attitudes like yours exist - attitudes that most certainly do not help anyone. It's time to take gender bias out of domestic abuse.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Last time I checked, there weren't two men per week being murdered by their ex-partners. Let's get some perspective here, eh?[/p][/quote]Agreed, let's get some perspective, it's not two men per week. It's more like 1 just under every two weeks (around 30 a year). Does that make it any more acceptable?[/p][/quote]No, it's not acceptable at all, but it is - as you've usefully highlighted - two thirds less of a problem. I get that things seem to endlessly skewed towards and in favour of women, but to continually just immediately respond with, 'What about blokes?' everytime something is mentioned about women is rather tiresome and doesn't help either gender.[/p][/quote]So simply highlighting something that is never mentioned, that domestic abuse also occurs to people who aren't women, is somehow not helping either gender? So how will sweeping it under the rug and not mentioning it help? Your attitude seems one of "It happens less to men so therefore it's less important" and is one of the many reasons men do not report domestic abuse at all. The real figure for male domestic abuse is likely much higher than reported. I don't really care if you find me stating these facts (once, not "continually") "tiresome" but I will continue to do so while attitudes like yours exist - attitudes that most certainly do not help anyone. It's time to take gender bias out of domestic abuse. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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3:15pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Nobody has said that domestic violence against men is any less important. I'm also not sure how anyone is 'sweeping it under the rug'.

My 'attitude' is that any domestic abuse is a serious crime. However, when a certain group is being murdered at a rate of around 4 to 1, surely it makes sense to address attention and resources accordingly?
Nobody has said that domestic violence against men is any less important. I'm also not sure how anyone is 'sweeping it under the rug'. My 'attitude' is that any domestic abuse is a serious crime. However, when a certain group is being murdered at a rate of around 4 to 1, surely it makes sense to address attention and resources accordingly? ChannelX
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6:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Localboy86 says...

As long as my mrs doesn't think this means she can get out of the ironing I'm all for it
As long as my mrs doesn't think this means she can get out of the ironing I'm all for it Localboy86
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