Women and Power
As International Women’s Day soon approaches (Saturday 8th March) SUSU and the University are getting ready for a programme of events ranging from selling boob shaped cakes (Tuesday on redbrick if you fancy one) to debates around the barriers that face women from different backgrounds.
The big events for the week are on Thursday and Friday evening with a ‘Network of Networks’ and Femsoc hosting a debate in the bridge.
Friday brings together the Christian Union, Amnesty, Islamic Society and Fem Soc (among others) to have a discussion around what barriers currently face women and prevent them from having power, or being able to assert the power they do have. This is a chance for men and women to come together and discuss issues that affect everyone. We have a special offer of free childcare for parents wishing to attend this event. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in taking this up. Thursday night is a ‘Network of Network’s in Garden Court, with refreshments and cabaret-style seating. Doors open 1630; speakers 1700-1900 (approx) with midway break, and music from JazzManix’ women’s section. This is a unique opportunity for members of our volunteer networks, senior management and the wider community to meet, mix, update and celebrate. Find out more and book your place.
We as a Union have seen the necessity for work on issues around women and power after our elections where Laura Mason, a presidential candidate, felt compelled to write this article in the Wessex Scene after her experiences.
Sexual harassment is not about women, or men, or whatever gender people identify with but about respect and opening up discussions about the behaviour of our students.
After a successful celebration of One Billion Rising – an event that brought together members of the Union and University communities to Rise, Dance and Protest this week’s International Women’s Week celebrations look set to be unmissable.