Campaigning for 30 years
In December 1992, our founders and supporters covered the streets of Edinburgh with a striking poster campaign challenging myths and misconceptions about violence against women and girls. Public spaces were flooded with our logo, a large letter Z sending a clear message: violence against women and girls is never acceptable.
30 years later, and our goal remains the same, to end men’s violence against women and girls in Scotland.
We know this is possible.
We want to use our anniversary to spread the message.
A Scotland Free From Men's Violence Against Women and Girls
As well as recognising the work of Zero Tolerance over the last 30 years, we wanted to look to the future. What will a Scotland from men's violence against women and girls look like?
Future Tales Project
Animation produced by Wee Dog Media www.weedogmedia.co.uk
Robert Motyka: Visual concept and development
Szymon Felkel: Motion Graphics support
Annie George: Voice over
Eve Allan: Voice over recording
Piotr Motyka: Audio editing
We worked with Feniks Counselling, Personal Development and Support Services, Scottish Arab Women Association, Amina the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, Saheliya, Govanhill Housing Association, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre to run workshops with minority ethnic women and trans women to talk about what a Scotland free of violence against women and girls would mean for them.
These workshops were a space to explore a Scotland free from men's violence against women and girls by looking at women’s place in traditional fairy tales and how we may rewrite these narratives. Women wrote new fairytales and illustrated them using linocut.
Thank you to all the women that shared their experiences and vision for 'A Scotland free from men's violence against women and girls' with us.
Read the fairytales and view the artwork in our brochure:
We were delighted to be work with the following artists in this project:
Marta Adamowicz, a visual and sound artist and illustrator of Polish origin, based in Glasgow, dealing mainly with social issues. Her artwork has been a part of many, prestigious open exhibitions in Scotland and London. She has received the An Talla Solais award on the RSA Open.
Robert Motyka, a Polish born, New Scot by choice video maker, projection artist and projection mapping lecturer. He is also actively supporting EU citizens’ rights and the Polish LBGT community. His recent interest is exploring art as a tool for social change and examination of the role of the artist in creating collaborative spaces for local communities.
Marzanna (Mana) Antoniak, culture animator and Govanhill Open Museum founder & coordinator. Mana is a culture animator, community development worker, trainer, and a language teacher with a special interest in working with people who have had little experience of formal education. She has worked on numerous projects celebrating cultural connections through art, music, poetry, and languages, and programmed cross-cultural festivals and events around Scotland and beyond. Marzanna can communicate in English, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Slovak, Ukrainian, Spanish & Persian.
Kasia Jackowska, a highly knowledgeable arts professional with more than 9 years of experience in Edinburgh's creative industries, mainly visual arts but also theatre and arts engagement. She managed the visual arts department and delivered a versatile and well received arts program, initiating, and maintaining the Scottish and international dialogue between contemporary artists and curators. Kasia worked with people from different walks of life, artists at different stages of their careers but also the youth and ethnic minorities.
Our 30th Event
We held our 30th anniversary event on Tuesday 29th of November 2022, during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
Through the artwork and words of women in Scotland, we envisioned a Scotland free from men’s violence against women and girls and discussed how we can make this vision a reality. We displayed artwork from our Future Tales project and launched the above video.
How you can get involved
We know ending violence against women and girls in Scotland is possible. To make it happen we need to end gender inequality and tackle all forms of oppression and discrimination. We also know that to end it, everyone needs to be a part of the conversation.