Posted on Mon 09 Jan 2017 at 11:18 by Christopher Carter
Hi everyone! So far this year I have worked on three major campaigns - sexual health, survivor support, and International Women’s Week - in addition to cross-liberation work.
1) Sexual Health
I conducted a survey to find out about student experiences accessing sexual health services, plus general knowledge about contraception, testing and free safer sex material. The survey results were highlighted here in an article by Hercampus, and the responses suggested that students wanted more information about where and how to access sexual health services. As a result, I produced THIS LEAFLET detailing where to access a number of these resources. Term 2 will see the print distribution of this resource around campus, so keep an eye out for it!
2) Survivor Support
I spent a long time researching and contacting various specialist sexual violence organisations to find out about the different support available for students, asking them about services for all genders and those belonging to minority groups. It was apparent that there are lots of services available in the local areas that students can benefit from, should they require them. You can find the collated service list HERE.
3) International Working Women’s Week March 2017
I am happy to announce that I have recruited a working group for the week, who are now helping with the planning! Thank you to all those volunteers - you’re great. I also spent some time reflecting on what I would like to cover during International Women’s Week - I am keen to explore education, work, reproductive rights and more, and have been working alongside societies, departments and officers to try and achieve this.
There are other students who deserve recognition for the work they have done in Term 1 - here is a list of some of the students, activists and groups who have worked on significant projects!
Black is Beautiful project - India-Mae Alby
India-Mae Alby, a student photographer who previously raised £3000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, shot a powerful photography project called Black is Beautiful, linked HERE.
India says the project celebrates the faces and achievements of the black community at Warwick and represents a journey: from being a minority and feeling alienated to experiencing pride in her own culture and history, together with a sense of belonging.
Can’t Touch This - Warwick Anti-Sexism Society
Students at Warwick Anti-Sexism Society organised a feminist club night for all genders to enjoy, with a zero-tolerance approach to harassment. All profits generated from these events are donated to CRASAC (Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre) and Coventry Haven, two Coventry-based charities that support survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Trans* Awareness Week - Warwick Pride
Warwick Pride organised Trans* Awareness week, which saw Helen Belcher (founder of Trans Media Watch) lead a discussion on trans* representation, together with discussions around the university trans* policy and an additional panel.
Women's Officer 2016-2017