Sisters Uncut continue to occupy closed Cheltenham Road library

A disused library, on Cheltenham Road in Bristol, remains under occupation by Sisters Uncut – a social activist group. The occupation comes as a result of Bristol City Council’s plan to allow developers to renovate the site and build 36 apartment flats along with underground parking.  The library was  closed on 28 February 2017 and […]

Women in Bristol mastering traditional ‘male’ skills

Bristol Women’s Workshop is a volunteering project created by women for women so they can gain experience in woodwork and upholstery for free. Jenny Smith, a volunteer organiser that has been involved in the project since 2006 said: “This started 35 years ago when several female teachers in Totterdown felt disappointed by the education establishment […]

Domestic violence costs Bristol more than £41m each year

Gender based violence has a high cost. It is estimated that domestic violence and abuse costs Bristol £41,309,806 each year. This includes costs of physical and mental healthcare. The evidence of the need to address domestic abuse is telling. Based on a population of 432,500 (ONS 2012 Mid-Year Population Estimate), the Home Office estimates that […]

Guide dogs for the blind – and cuddles for students

Stroking, petting and a lot of belly rubs were all part of the day’s work for some Labrador dogs this week – who visited UWE Bristol to raise awareness of dogs for the blind. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association event was held at UWE Bristol and saw over 100 students cuddle up to the dogs. […]

Empowering women: “The best change comes from grassroots”

In light of the Women’s march in Bristol, aimed at U.S President Donald Trump, the newly formed Female Empowerment Network (FEN) held their first event on Wednesday 22nd February. FEN was set up as a progression after the march organised by Carly Lightbrown who envisages FEN as ‘the city’s feminist superheroes’ getting concrete work done. Six […]