R.E.D January: Running away from the blues

It is a truth universally acknowledged that January is, well, always a bit shit. Grey and austere, after a month of twinkling lights and festive indulgence. A dark, cold, gloomy return to work and reality, after a week spent drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas films in your pyjamas, unsure of which day of the […]

3 things I learned from swimming 22 miles

I’m not a sporty person. At school I was the one who was always picked last in PE. I couldn’t throw or catch to save my life, and my coordination is non-existent. I’m basically useless at every team sport there is, and the humiliation of those PE lessons has been enough to put me off […]

Stand Up For Women

Originally published at What The Frock! Working for a violence against women charity, like being an Arsenal fan, is no laughing matter – as Denise Marshall, CEO of women’s charity Eaves, pointed out at the start of their Stand Up For Women comedy night in the Soho Theatre. Yet the amazing women (and men) who work at Eaves […]

Domestic violence not caused by “bad weather”

Originally published at Women’s Views on News. A women’s charity has dismissed police claims that bad weather may be to blame for a dramatic increase in incidents of domestic violence. Eaves, a London-based charity that supports victims of violence against women, described the police’s suggestion as, “nothing more than an appealing get out clause for […]

Warwick students raise over £1k for rape charity

A student production of The Vagina Monologues has raised over £1,000 for Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC). The play, written by American writer and activist Eve Ensler, is produced annually by Warwick Anti-Sexism Society (WASS) since 2008. This year’s three performances saw a combined audience turnout of around 230 people, raising a grand total of […]

For Jasmine

About this time last year, Eaves lost their government funding for the Poppy Project, resulting in enormous cuts to their specialist services for victims of trafficking. Two months later I started volunteering at Eaves, and I met Jasmine*. I must now have seen this video half a dozen times or more and it still makes […]