City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Activism


Capital Launches Appeal For Quake Stricken Haiti

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.

Call For Help To Visit People In Custody

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

10th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

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.

Edinburgh Becomes 100th Council To Sign Up To 10:10 Climate Change Campaign

Jenny Dawe, Council Leader, signs up to 10:10 campagin

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.

Edinburgh Christmas Walk and Run

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.

The Laughter Show with Patrick Monahan and Guests

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

Edinburgh Joins International 350 Climate Change Rallies

350 at Holyrood in Edinburgh

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.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Susie Orbach

Susie Orbach

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.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Women and Islam

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.

Exhibition and March Celebrates Suffragette Struggle

Bessie Watson, 9 years old in 1909

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.