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16 Days of Action 2023

To mark this year's 16 DAYS of ACTION campaign, Border Women's Aid launched a charity partnership with Galashiels business ‘The Wee Souk’. Owner, Kimberley Davidson is supporting women accessing our emergency accommodation and donating a fouta (multi-purpose throw/towel) to refuge for every one sold. She wants every woman arriving at refuge to receive one as a comforting and practical item upon reaching a safe space.

We are recruiting!

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, inspiring woman/young woman to join our team as a Domestic Abuse Support Worker. If you’re looking for a rewarding career and want to work within an inspirational, all-women team that really does make a difference to the lives of women and young people, this might be the job for you:

🕘 35 hours per week with occasional evening work and an additional 2 hours on a weekend rota.
📜Funding is expected until 31 March 2025 so the post will be on a fixed term contract.
💲 Salary: £23,464.90 pro-rata/£12.64 per hour

Closing date: 12 September 2023 at 5pm. Interviews will take place week commencing 25 September 2023.

Click on the link below to download the application pack:

The impact of rising costs on women in Scotland

The Scottish Women’s Budget Group brings together a wide range of women from across Scotland who have an interest in women’s equality and want to achieve better gender equality in our society.

Sara Cowan, from the Scottish Women's Budget Group shares her findings on the impact of rising costs on women in Scotland.

Visit: for more information about the work of SWBG. Together we will tackle inequality in our society.

Test of National Emergency Alerts System

The Scottish Government is taking part in a trial of a new UK government Emergency Alert System. On Sunday, 23rd April at 3pm there will be a national test of the UK emergency alerts service.

Emergency alerts will be used to let the public know about emergency situations, such as severe weather warnings. They will work like a radio broadcast. In an emergency, every compatible mobile phone or tablet in a range of a mast will receive the alert.

It is very important to be aware that the Emergency Alerts will sound even on devices set to silent.

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For women living with domestic abuse having access to a hidden, secret phone can be a lifeline. This alert may reveal a secondary phone used for safety purposes.

International Women’s Day 2023

Today, on International Women’s Day, it’s good to learn that more boys and men are standing up and calling time on misogyny. 79% of teenage girls say sexual assault is common in their friendship group (Source: OFSTED). For teenage girls, escaping online harassment, revenge porn, and other forms of abuse is impossible. Misogyny is everywhere, no more so than in the manosphere, that corner of the internet where men blame all their woes on women. Oceans of this online women-hating stuff inevitably wash up on the shores of everyday life. But there are signs of pushback. Boys and men are reacting against such hateful and destructive attitudes as never before.

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