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Fear of violence should not be an accepted part of being female by Kirsty Strickland

Kirsty Strickland won the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards bursary to write a series of articles for The National, media partners and judges, as part of a campaign by Zero Tolerance and other women’s groups. Here is her latest piece, entitled Time to Act.

NOVEMBER 25 this year saw the 55th anniversary of the murder of the Mirabal sisters. The three were civil rights activists in the Dominican Republic who, in 1960, were assassinated on the command of dictator Rafael Trujillo.

Their deaths saw the women become martyrs and heroines in the fight against Trujillo’s repressive regime. Across the world, they became symbols of resistance and democracy, and went on to inspire the creation of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The day is marked annually and signals the commencement of “16 days of activism” to call for global awareness and action against violence against women

The Scottish Parliament marked the day with a debate on violence against women. Margaret Burgess, in her opening contribution, said: “In Scotland, gender-based violence continues to disproportionately affect women and girls, with 80 per cent of survivors of domestic abuse and 95 per cent of rape victims being female. It is a tragic fact that, today, females in Scotland and across the world are at risk of, and are experiencing, violence and abuse precisely because they are women and girls.’’ ...

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Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism and writing about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear that it is possible to write about DSVA without resorting to myths, misrepresentations, minimisation and victim blaming.

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