previous projects & events
Previous Projects & Events

Shakti Womens Aid has created, worked and co-developed a number of various events and projects since it was established in 1986. Here we have noted just a few of the more recent projects.



All are welcome to join a celebratory event and exhibition marking the 100th International Women's Day on 8 March in the Scottish Storytelling Centre,
3 pm - 7 pm
Jointly organised by Shakti, Edinburgh Women’s Aid and Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, highlights include a launch of the Edinburgh Women's Aid website, dance, art, personal stories, design a T shirt and much more. Please pop in at some point during the day, refreshments available.


Picture of EWJF 2010 Poster

“For Our Honour: Scotland’s Role in Tackling Honour-based Violence”
Wed 20th October 2010

Shakti Women’s Aid & the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO)
Edinburgh World Justice Festival 2010

Picture of scene in Moolaade

16 Days of Activism: Film “Moolaadé”
& post film discussion  - Monday 6th December 2010
Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Many thanks to the Filmhouse and around 25 people who defied the heavy snows that had caused much else to be cancelled or postponed to see the much acclaimed film by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, focusing on Colle, a village woman who stands against the tradition of ‘cutting’.

SCCYP RIGHT Blether Project & Vote, November 26th 2010

Children and young people at Shakti did some fantastic work over October and November on Children’s Rights as part of the SCCYP’s RIGHT Blether campaign: we learned about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), why children need rights and what we think about them. The young people also planned a party, where we made “Birthday Pizzas” (to celebrate the UNCRC’s 21st Birthday!), voted on what their favourite rights were and also had a visit from the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie!

Click here to listen to what Tam had to say when he visited us!

Shakti Charity Dinner: May 28th 2010
Assembly Rooms, George St, Edinburgh


Shakti held another fantastic evening to raise funds for the women’s group, which meets regularly to support BME women affected by domestic abuse and to facilitate space where women can re-empower themselves, meet other women, discuss issues and take part in new activities within a safe environment.

Features included comedy and drama from Shakti’s own ‘Crazy girls’, solo and choir songs and dances from India, China, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Spain. The glamourous crowd of over 300 people were also treated to fantastic food from Diamond Catering Services.

Some of the feedback we have received so far:

“I am writing to congratulate you and the rest of the Shakti staff for organising such a fabulous event. Thank you very much for inviting us.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, food, the meeting of old colleagues and indeed the glamour. We would also like you to pass our complements to various performers on their talents and commitment. Well Done!”

“Friday night was amazing!!! Can’t wait for next years!”

“… it was a great night, enjoyed all the entertainment and the food… hope to be back next year”


AGM / Seminar on Domestic Abuse and BME Children & Young People

In December 2009, Shakti held an AGM and Seminar on ‘Domestic Abuse and BME Children and Young People’ which featured speeches by Mark Lazarowizc MP, Angela Constance MSP, Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters) and Dr Mairead Tagg.

Audio Downloads:
Heather Coady (Scottish Women's Aid) - Opening address
Mark Lazarowizc MP
Angela Constance MSP
Pragna Patel (pt1)
Pragna Patel (pt2)
Pragna Patel (pt3)
Heather Coady - Closing remarks

Consultation on Forced Marriage with Deaf Connections Ishara BSL Project, Glasgow

Shakti Women’s Aid Information & Education Project worked with the Ishara Project, run through Deaf Connections and named by the Deaf Connections Deaf Asian’s group to assist them in developing a BSL webpage about Forced Marriage. Click here to view the Ishara Forced Marriage webpage.

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