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Copies of We Shall Fight Until We Win donated to Scottish School Libraries for IWD2020

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Cover page of We Shall Fight Until We Win

In order to mark International Women’s Day 2020, two Scottish publishers, 404ink and BHP Comics, and the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) have joined forces to donate copies a graphic novel to very secondary school library in Scotland.

The two graphic novel being donated is ‘We Shall Fight Until We Win’, which reflects on the role that women have played in shaping the current political climate of the last century. It features illustrated snapshots of women from each decade of the last 100 years, alongside stories highlighting their efforts and achievements. In addition to celebrating the great strides in politics women have made over the past century and showcasing them as role models for the future, “We shall fight until we win” also acts as a reminder to young girls that there is still work to be done.

This project draws attention to women deserving recognition, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Mhairi Black, and also brings a diverse range of contributors from a variety of disciplines together.

SLIC are facilitating the donation and ensuring that all Scottish school libraries receive a copy. SLIC works to promote the National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland – Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools – to highlight to decision makers the intrinsic value of a good school library service and the impact this can have on children and young people’s wider school experience. It also informs headteachers, school librarians and education practitioners on how to utilise their school library services. This initiative fits with promotional efforts around the Strategy

Nicola Sturgeon in We Shall Fight Until We Win

Pamela Tulloch, CEO at SLIC, commented:

“Even in the age of the internet, books remain a key learning resource in schools and the vibrancy of “We Shall Fight Until We Win”, will certainly make it stand out on library shelves. The comic style and colourful design really brings the stories to life and gives them a fresh feel which helps make the historical content relevant to young people’s lives today. I’m sure the books will be enjoyed by girls and boys alike in Scottish schools for many years to come and I’d like to thank 404ink and BHP Comics for their generosity.”

Sha Nazir, Art Director and Publisher at BHP Comics, said:

“We’re really pleased to be in a position to donate these books and get them into the hands of new readers. The graphic anthology is an important piece of learning, designed in an easy to read and fun format.”

The donation has been praised by the Scottish Government, with Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie adding:

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, and to remind ourselves that the rights women now have were hard won and we should never take the progress we have made for granted. Equality for women is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s vision for a fairer Scotland, where women and girls of all ages and backgrounds are empowered to exercise equal rights and opportunities. To achieve gender equality, we need to come together and support each other, making sure women from all backgrounds are represented and have their voices heard. Projects like this are important to help share stories of women’s struggles and success throughout history. This will help inform and inspire our young people and future generations, as well as helping us to continue to challenge gender stereotypes, including in early years and education settings.”

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