Groundbreaking Performance Challenges Hate Crime

City of Glasgow College’s new City campus played host to the launch of a dramatic new performance by Glasgow Women’s Library to challenge hate crime against women.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March, the performance was a choreographed protest and will become a brand new resource to raise awareness of women’s experiences of hate crime in Scotland.

Glasgow Women’s Library have partnered with City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Kelvin College to give students the opportunity to attend the performance and then a workshop to explore their awareness, perceptions and experiences of hate crime.

Graeme Brewster, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We are delighted that City of Glasgow College is launching Glasgow Women’s Library awareness campaign with this performance at our new City campus. This event is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about hate crime against women and demonstrates our continued commitment - based on fairness, opportunity and respect - to proactively meeting the diverse needs of our students and staff."

Rachel Thain-Gray, Development Worker at Glasgow Women’s Library, said:

“The performance is an innovative example of using art for social justice. It was named by one of our participants based on Scotland’s national motto, Nemo me impune lacessit, which translates as No-one who harms me will go unpunished.

“Women tell us that hate crime against them is generally different because usually the abuse is paired with misogyny. A disabled woman, for example, may experience hostility against both her gender and disability at the same time during an incident.”

The next performance will take place at Glasgow Kelvin College on Friday 17 March. For further information please visit Glasgow Women’s Library.