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Chris Crowstaff

Tolpuddle-Museum

In March 2012, I visited the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum. 178 years earlier, six men from rural Dorset were sentenced to seven years in a penal colony in Australia - for forming a trade union.

Mass protests followed and they were eventually given an unconditional pardon.

This got me thinking about how 'threats to the system' are viewed today - and about the women's movement...

Small Tortoiseshell butterf

Roderik didn't physically respond or acknowledge me. But those moments were timeless and magical - and I felt as close and connected to my baby as any mother....

Dumpdon-Hill4

When I walked up Dumpdon Hill in Devon, I didn't know how or what I was going to feel.

Eight years earlier, I had toiled up the same hill with my two small children, to scatter their baby brother's ashes amidst the bluebells and primroses....

Cynthia

It feels appropriate to share my mother-in-law's writings, for they are not personal notes but something which she obviously felt was important and relevant to the world. She was reflecting on the first few decades of the 20th century - not on her own life, but on society as a whole...

Chris-with-womens-group

When I signed out of Facebook early on New Year's Day, I watched a little of the fireworks celebrations on television.

I'm all for celebration. But I absolutely cannot enjoy watching millions of dollars going up with a bang, when I spend every day trying to raise funds for people who struggle for a dollar.

Sarah-June-interview

"We knew about Safe World for Women from my mom's letters and it made a big difference to us to know that the world was watching.

Knowing that there are people on the outside that believe in you, and that your innocence matters, is really everything."

Sarah Shourd talks to Chris Crowstaff about the importance of campaigning for innocent prisoners.

Sarah-Shourd

Sarah Shourd was held in solitary confinement in Iran from July 2009 to September 2010. Her friends, Shane and Josh were held in prison for another year...

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in court

Sept 2011: The news that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are free will come as a tremendous relief not only to their families but also to the thousands of supporters throughout the world who have campaigned for their freedom.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal in court

Sept 2011: The news that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are free will come as a tremendous relief not only to their families but also to the thousands of supporters throughout the world who have campaigned for their freedom - including everyone here at Safe World.

Grandad

I have just turned 50 years old and my mum 75. Reaching a certain age does sort of make you stop and evaluate your life - and time in general. My grandfather was born in the Victorian era...

 

Roderik-story

"On 9th March 2004, baby Roderik was born - he changed my life...To come face to face with birth and death together is an indescribable experience."

Bunyoro-school

Every day, babies are stillborn. Roderik was one of 3.2 million babies born each year who do not survive. Too often, this is due to denial of basic human rights. Chris Crowstaff talks about the journey which led her to campaign for women's rights...