Activism

An urgent appeal has been launched today (15 January) to raise funds for the island nation of Haiti after it was struck by a severe 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.

Volunteers are being asked to come forward if they are interested in checking the welfare of people held in police custody.

This is the first time an official United Nations-supported event has taken place in Scotland. Delegates from over 80 countries including national human rights institutions (NHRIs), international and regional experts, United Nations officials, government representatives, civil society and business organisations will discuss human rights issues on the theme of Business and Human Rights, and the role national institutions can play in improving human rights in a globalised world.

The City of Edinburgh Council has become the 100th Council to sign up to the 10:10 Climate Change campaign. Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Dawe signed the pledge at 10:10am on Wednesday morning at Edinburgh City Chambers. It was 100th day of the 10:10 campaign.

The annual Edinburgh Christmas Walks (and run) start and finish in Inverleith Park. There are three events, open to all: a 6-mile walk, the 5K (3 mile) Fun Run, or the Golden Tinsel Mile, a 1-mile walk.

Patrick Monahan headlines a night of healthy laughs in support of the Centre of Health and Wellbeing.

About 150 people in Edinburgh joined in yesterday's International Day of Climate Action by forming a human "350" outside the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood.

In 1978 Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist, wrote her first book "Fat is a Feminist Issue," (FIFI), a self help guide to losing weight without dieting. Thirty years later, our society in the western world appears to be divided into the overweight and obese contrasting with the compulsive need for young girls to be size zero.

The Scottish Power Studio Theatre in Charlotte Square Garden was almost full for this event, with a largely female audience, few of whom appeared to be Muslim. Given the tone and attitude of some of the post-talk questions, this was both understandable and a pity. Professor Carole Hillenbrand is a formidable scholar, although, as this reviewer knows from past experience, not always an engaging speaker. Which was a pity, given the non-specialist audience she and Yasmin Hai were addressing.

The struggle to win the vote for women will be showcased in a new Museum of Edinburgh exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the 1909 suffragettes' procession in the city.