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SAVE THE DATE: Screening of 'Knock Down the House'

Blue poster for the movie 'Knock Down the House'

To coincide with Black History Month, GEMS are thrilled to be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary 'Knock Down the House', at 5.30pm on Wednesday 9th October, 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, and our speakers will be announced soon!

The screening is free and open to all, so stay tuned for more details on how to register. In the meantime, you can find out more about the documentary below and at


Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2019

The annual Scottish Student Journalism Awards offer student journalists across Scotland a chance to showcase their work. On 30 May 2019, GEMS joined the SSJA at their awards ceremony for a night of celebration of Scottish student journalism.

This year, GEMS were thrilled to sponsor an award that looked to highlight the importance of treating women equally - as employees, as contributors and as subjects of media attention - to a new generation of journalists.

The 2019 GEMS award was presented by MP Mhairi Black to Laura Webster (Glasgow Caledonian University), for her excellent article on Category is Books: The queer bookshop helping Glasgow's LGBTQ community.

Highly commended for the GEMS award were Kaitlin Easton (University of Stirling) for The Perfect Victim and Steven Mair (University of Strathclyde) for Period Poverty Success Stories.

Violence Unseen - Exhibition, Workshop, Panel Discussion

Friday 22 March, 2019

Gender Equal Media Scotland, in association with Strathclyde Student Union, the Equality & Diversity Service, and Equally Safe @ Strathclyde, will be hosting Zero Tolerance’s powerful Violence Unseen exhibition. The event will take place at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute at the University of Strathclyde.

This photography exhibition explores forms of violence against women that are still misunderstood, hidden and unacknowledged by mainstream society. Alongside the exhibition, we hosted a workshop to explore ‘The News as It Should Be’ and a panel discussion and Q&A. You can read our blog post about the workshop here, and hear from some of our contributors here.

Luke Hart in conversation with Dani Garavelli

February 21, 2019, 17.30 – 19.30

Central Halls, Edinburgh

About the event

Luke Hart, along with his brother Ryan, is a leading voice in the fight for an end to men's violence against women, following the devastating murder of his mother Claire and sister Charlotte in 2016.

Dani Garavelli's brave and insightful reporting on issues of violence against women has seen her win awards including this year's inaugural Nicola Barry Award at the Scottish Press Awards.

Engender, Scottish Women's Aid, Zero Tolerance and Gender Equal Media Scotland hosted this unique opportunity to hear Luke and Dani in conversation as they discussed the power of the media to effect change, and how we can challenge men's violence against women.

You can read our blog post about the event here.

Pass the Mic: Muslim Women Making Their Voices Heard

Too often in media, on stage and online the experiences of Muslim women are absent, rarely do we see or hear Muslim women leading debate; whether that is a discussion on their lived experiences of racism, Islamophobia or sexism, or an area of their expertise; law, business, politics, education, health, to name but a few.

This workshop is to support Muslim women to be leading voices by providing training on dealing with media and public speaking. The half day free training will be delivered by Talat Yaqoob* and will be interactive and give women confidence and skills in sharing their views and telling their stories.

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