Girl Summit 2014, FGM, CEFM

Girl Summit 2014

On 22 July the UK will host Girl Summit 2014. Girl Summit aims to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child early and forced marriage (CEFM). It aims to do this within a generation. The event is being organised by the Department for International Development (DfID), the Cabinet Office…

Because I am a girl #FGMrose

Because I am a girl

Those who visit regularly will know that I am passionate about society bringing an end to violence against women. Sadly, this won’t happen magically, or without significant effort. It needs all of us to work together and say no. Because I am a girl does not mean I deserve violence. As a parent of a…

ROTL

The need for review of ROTL

This week we’ve been warned not to approach the Skull Cracker, Michael Wheatley, after he failed to return to HMP Standford Hill after being granted Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) from an open prison. Wheatley was given 13 life sentences in 2002 for a string of brutal armed robberies on banks and building societies. He…

Working Without Fear - National Stalking Awareness Day 2014

National Stalking Awareness Day 2014

Working without fear – a fairly simple concept you would think wouldn’t you? You head off to work, sit at your desk, do your job and then leave again at the end of the day. But it’s not always that simple. 24 April is National Stalking Awareness Day 2014 (NSAD 2014). If a member of…

She Can Appeal Action Aid

‘She Can’ Appeal from Action Aid

Last week, I, like millions of others around the country, sat glued to the television watching the programme which showed Davina McCall’s battle against the elements, cycling 500 miles for charity. Her stamina, attitude and determination was inspiring. Davina worried she couldn’t do it, worried she would let people down, but she showed us all. “She can…

Team Honk Nottingham

Team Honk Nottingham: We did it!

Tuesday 25 February 2014: Team Honk Relay – Nottingham’s turn to take the baton! Goodness, yesterday feels like a long time ago! I have sore knees, a sore back and more than one or two aching muscles. This time yesterday I was six hours into cycling with my lovely team members as part of the…

My Judy Garland Life

My Judy Garland Life

This adaptation of Susie Boyt’s memoir is disjointed and chaotic, but fantastic fun. ‘The desire to create something profound out of something seemingly superficial makes for an extremely strange but rather wonderful undertaking. The book defies definition. It has elements of biography, autobiography, self-help and fan letter; although it’s firmly non fiction, there are parts…

Lady In Red

Lady in Red: The Original Stage Play

  Lady in Red has been hailed by audiences across the UK as the best play about domestic abuse ever written. I saw it at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013 and I thought it was incredible. So, when I was asked to review the book of the stage play, I was intrigued to see if…