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Drawing a line in the sand at Reiss beach for women's rights


By David G Scott

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A Wick woman took advantage of a mild sunny evening this week to draw out a clear message in the sand at Reiss beach – Women Won't Wheesht.

Trina Budge is director of For Women Scotland (FWS) – a grassroots group of women from all walks of life and from all around the country who campaign on women's rights.

Trina Budge is a women's rights activist from Wick. She is part of a group creating highly visible messages like this sand writing at Reiss beach. Picture: DGS
Trina Budge is a women's rights activist from Wick. She is part of a group creating highly visible messages like this sand writing at Reiss beach. Picture: DGS

"All over the country women have been taking to the streets – and beaches – with ribbons, stickers and slates with messages in support of women's rights," said Trina.

"Photographs of these are then posted on Twitter using the hashtag WomenWontWheesht. The campaign is a way to raise awareness and for women in Scotland to get their voices heard about our rights in public policy and law at a time when so many of our elected representatives are not listening."

Trina creating her message at Reiss beach on Wednesday evening.
Trina creating her message at Reiss beach on Wednesday evening.

Apart from Trina's writing at Reiss, other messages have been created and set around scenic areas of the county – the activist then takes a photograph of the message in situ and posts it on to the group's website.

Trina said that the activists are currently campaigning about changes to the Gender Recognition Act in a bid to keep "women-only services and spaces" protected under current law.

Women's rights medallion with ribbons set up at the Trinkie recently which also has the same message Trina drew out #WomenWontWheest. Another was also spotted near Reiss beach.
Women's rights medallion with ribbons set up at the Trinkie recently which also has the same message Trina drew out #WomenWontWheest. Another was also spotted near Reiss beach.

"Numerous women have been threatened with violence or have lost their jobs for speaking out on this issue. Our MSPs need to listen to women and find a way forward for everyone – without women losing our name or our rights.

"When elected representatives do not listen to women, women will find a way to be heard," said Trina. The activists post under the Twitter hashtags #WomenWontWheesht and #DeedsNotWords.


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