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International Women’s Day


International women’s day was celebrated in style last Thursday in the guildhall building, Plymouth. Plymouth City Council and its partners organized the event gathering hundreds of women to raise awareness of the victorious day.

Plymouth chose to go with the theme of education to encourage ladies around the world how to unlock their own potential.

Many business outlets joined the event including the Royal Navy, Wild and Plymouth University.

Bev Smerdon, development officer for the Plymouth Centre of faiths and culture diversity said “I think its raised people’s awareness of the wider range of options for women across the city. It’s done its best by bringing the whole range of different perspectives.”

Visitors had the chance to listen to inspiring talks run by the Military wives choir, entrepreneur Bev Hurley, Tania West (Wild) and Professor Wendy Purcell. Craft shops and workshops were held throughout the morning and late afternoon.

Natalie Crinkett of Saltash said, “I travel every year to this event. I think it’s always a success, always encouraging young girls. My daughter came with me this year and she’s really opened her eyes at the possibilities and opportunities out there for herself and her own future.”



Towie update


Nearly half way into the series of TOWIE, the sixth episode was dedicated to valentines day for the Essex girls and boys. Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone are clearly back on after there romantic dinner at Alex’s. Sam Faiers was mistaken for Carol Wright after new hair cut, she even looks like her too, move on Mark! Lauren Goodger is on the look out for a new man, maybe Ricky Rayment would take her fancy? He has being said to be the new Mark Wright on the scene, more like his son, he hasn’t even reached puberty yet. This guy fails to impress the average woman, maybe in Essex there isnt anyone else to look at. Arg is much better than him, what are you thinking Lydia!

Lauren Pope and Chloe Simms are the same in every episode, just stand and stare and look a guys and gossip about their own boob sizes. Joey Essex and new best friend Diags have their eyes on newcomer Georgina Dorsett, a property developer that claimed she didn’t know anyone before the programme and who is also well known for been best friends with the ‘Saturdays’ band mate Rochelle. Lydia and Arg have officially broken up, thank goodness. Arg needs to grow some balls and forget about her, she’ll come back when she realizes you are ‘Mr Big’. He needs to stop banging on about her in every episode!

The show struggles to bring in an interesting storyline now without Mark Wright. Arg has had to result in hanging around with Joey and Diags and pretending to be friends with Sam. The whole ‘Marg’ thing was the key thing that was keeping the show together, however there is news to be a new family moving into Essex soon, lets see who…

Honour Killing on the rise


This a feature for my University module, ‘International Journalism’. Ideally I would like to write for publications such as ‘Company’ and ‘Grazia’.

For the majority of the western world, the term honour killing is somewhat unheard of.  Having now become a global crisis, women across the world have been threatened or even killed in most cases, often by their parents or family relatives, for bringing dishonor upon their families.

This use of dishonour is usually known as refusing to marry an arranged partner, speaking to another man in the community or in most cases becoming too ‘westernized’. These crimes tend to happen in Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds and have now spread to the UK.

In 2010 one of the first and most horrendous honour crimes to be recorded was in Ankara, Turkey’s capital. The body of sixteen year old girl Medine Memi, was found buried in her back garden. The girl’s father and grandfather were arrested in relation to the crime but later released and awaiting trial. The young girl’s father has gone onto say at the time, “She has male friends. We are uneasy about that.”

Medine’s mother said her daughter had reported on several occasions to the police that she was a victim of domestic violence, but unfortunately sent home from the station with no help in hand.

In certain cases forgetting the family pressures and religious beliefs, women have also started committing themselves to these values as well, following in the footsteps of men. It saddens the future of the female population. Women must stand together and fight these causes.

This is just one of the severe cases of honour Crimes. Unreported World, the channel four documentary programme said three honour killings are recorded a week in Istanbul Turkey, while most probably more crimes are happening, they have often found that some won’t be dealt with due to the act not being seen as a crime in the first place.

UK police have revealed on the BBC website that the numbers have risen since 2009. Police recorded 2823 supposed attacks last year which included acid attacks, genital mutilation, abductions and in most cases resulting in Murder. Diana Nammi, the director of the IKWRO – Iranian, Kurdish women’s right organization said to the BBC news this week, “The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community’s honour and reputation.”

In recent years many human rights activists have set up women’s refuges and charities in aid of helping ladies who are victims of domestic violence and physical abuse. Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women feels very strongly on the current issues that keep repeating themselves. “I set up our organization three years ago because I believe very strongly in the power of women coming together, from different backgrounds and cultures. I also believe that the mainstream media perpetuates so many damaging stereotypes – and I am very keen to break down stereotypes.”

Safe World for Women is a virtual organization that mainly focuses on the online support. Chris says that majority of the volunteers at the organization are from different countries. “We partner with grassroots organizations – our Field Partners – to help to raise their profile via our website. Our aim is that we should help funders and private donors to be able to more easily identify credible grassroots organizations that would benefit from more funding.”

Chris mentioned that the nature of the work doesn’t always grant her access to travel very much. Her previous work has sent her working with women’s groups in Uganda, Israel and Jordan in 2009.

The organization is working hard towards preserving the rights to stop women getting stoned in Afghanistan in support of the charity Young women for change (YWC). “This includes a campaign to stop stoning in Afghanistan, a poster competition to raise awareness about violence against women in general in Afghanistan, and raising awareness through the social media about the situation of Gulnaz who was recently released from prison – following a campaign in which YWC were very much involved. Gulnaz was imprisoned after being raped (the charge was adultery – because apparently she didn’t report the rape soon enough.”

When Gulnaz was raped, she was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment and pregnant from the awful ordeal. Gulnaz was released just a few days ago and forced to marry her rapist. Chris says, “A representative from YWC went to see her on Saturday to help her to make a more informed choice and to offer her emotional support. YWC and other NGOs are advocating for her to get asylum overseas. The rapist’s sister has been urged to marry Gulnaz’s brother, also as a way of preserving ‘honour’.”

Chris revealed that the European Union financed a film featuring Gulnaz and her situation however later withdrawing from the project because of political reasons and claiming that Gulnaz didn’t want to speak of her sentence, Gulnaz denied these claims and wanted her cause to be widely known.

Many organizations and charities alike are trying to improve the education system for young women. Chris spoke on the current situation, “In a word – ‘yes’! In fact, there needs to be an education system. In many Asian countries, there is still a huge proportion of girls and women who are uneducated and not just Asia of course.”

The public interest can also help promote equal rights for women, Chris goes onto say “Online volunteers – almost all our work is online and we are always in need of more volunteers. Also I am a strong believer in the social media – so spreading the word on the social media. And any contacts in the mainstream media are of course always welcome too.”

With special thanks to Chris Crowstaff for all her help at – SAFE WORLD for Women organization.

Pot-Tea Training


I was walking through the town of Newquay, sick of  seeing hoody and surf shops. I started walking towards Fistral Beach. When I came across “Pot-Tea Training”. Lots of people were sat in the window painting. Me being bored i decided to go check it out. In the far end of the shop the shelves were full of new pottery waiting to be painted. There were Money Boxes, Beakers, Tea pots. I chose the rice bowl. It was five pounds for my purchase and five pounds for my studio fee.

I painted my bowl a range of colours, the childrens were alot more detailed than mine however. When you finish you leave it there to dry in the kiln for five days and then it’s ready to pickup. If you’re not in the area though you can have it posted to you.

It was great to see something different in Newquay other than another trinkett shop. I was pleased that they decided to be more inventive this time around.

Display of the arrows


Falmouth Town gavered together on Wednesday to welcome the red arrows in.  Famous for the heart with the arrow going through it, the display wowed the crowds. The Sea View Inn public house was packed, having the best view in town, overlooking the Harbour. Neil Brooks says “It was a great show and me and family had a great day out. Only wish I could have the chance to do it”.

If you missed the show you could catch it again at Foye next week. For the rest of you plane fans out there. Bournemouth are hosting the Air Festival on the 19th-22nd of August. If you want to no more just check out this link

Youths smash window


Last Saturday night around 1.00am, Turvers Mobile Phone shop, Grove Street Retford was vandalised by youths. Smashing the front window. The police arrived fifteen minutes after the incident. Luckily nothing was stolen. When asked, “Do you think the majority of crime in Retford is drug and alcohol related?”.  The manager of Turvers said “Definitely, not necessarily drug related but alcohol related for sure.” Although there was damage to the shop, fortunately no one was hurt.