In early January, our long-time director, Jenny Kemp moved on to a new post at EIS. Her expertise, experience, passion and good humour will be sorely missed by everyone at Zero Tolerance, though we're delighted she will be bringing her considerable talents to the education sector. Our Board Chair, Margaret Small, reflects on Jenny's contribution to Zero Tolerance.
by Zero Tolerance Acting Chair, Margaret Small
What can the reporting of the Cologne attacks tell us about men’s violence against women?
"Sexual assault and rape occurs in all countries around the world - it may take different forms because of the specific economic, social and political structures in a country but sexism and misogyny are endemic." Tanita reflects on the media coverage and response of the recent attacks in Cologne.
by guest blogger, Tanita Louise Maxwell
Posted: January 20, 2016
Equally Protected? Powerful new evidence on child physical punishment highlights need for law reform
Zero Tolerance is proud to be a member of Children Are Unbeatable, the alliance to end child physical punishment. We welcome important new research which confirms that physical punishment damages children’s wellbeing and carries the risk of escalation into physical abuse.
by outgoing Zero Tolerance Co-director, Jenny Kemp
Posted: January 18, 2016
Blog category: children
Women don’t need viral social experiments to validate what we already know
"Using a constructed, male-focused experiment to shed light on a problem woman have been shouting about forever is more than just lazy, though - it’s ultimately part of the problem." Eve provides some important insights about the 'social experiment' phenomenon.
by guest blogger, Eve Livingston
Posted: December 18, 2015
Have yourself a gender equal Christmas
For many caregivers, the run up to Christmas is a time where it can feel like there is endless, inescapable marketing and advertising for children’s toys, media, and games - all vying to make it onto Santa’s list and many of which will be marketed in a highly gender specific and unhelpful manner. So what can you do this Christmas to minimise the effects of gender stereotyping?
by Zero Tolerance Development Officer (Educators and Employers), Amy Marshall
Scottish social attitudes and addressing VAW at the source
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Scottish Government released a survey on Scottish attitudes towards violence against women. The report highlighted the persistence of some disturbing attitudes about -- and the need to tackle root causes of -- VAW.
by Zero Tolerance Information and Communications Officer, Clare McKeown
Posted: November 26, 2015
Influences, pressures and experiences of young women – SWC Conference
Our new board member, Lisa Clark, attended the SWC 'Your choice, your future' conference earlier this month. The purpose of the conference was hear the views of young women on employment, participation, and discrimination. Many of the issues raised are very close to our heart - and our work - at Zero Tolerance. Read Lisa's blog to find out more about the event and how you can get involved in the fight to end sexism and violence against women.
by Zero Tolerance Board Member, Lisa Clark
Posted: October 24, 2015
Blog category: feminism
No Amnesty Day of Global Action
Today, Zero Tolerance is supporting the “No Amnesty Day of Global Action”. We believe that Amnesty International has got it wrong on prostitution by supporting full decriminalisation of the sex trade. We hope that the current debate will enable a conversation about a new approach in Scotland, that starts from questioning why men buy sex.
by Zero Tolerance Co-director, Jenny Kemp
Prostitution law reform - what about the men?
The debate around prostitution too often makes men who have power, privilege and free choices invisible, whilst pitting women against each other, creating an undue focus on how much individual women ‘chose’ to be involved. But prostitution is not individual – it is structural. If the current debate achieves anything, it ought to bring the men who buy sex out of the shadows and ask why they think it is acceptable.
by Zero Tolerance Co-director, Jenny Kemp