Womens Officer Blog
Hi everyone! I’m restarting the Women’s Officer blog this year, as a way to keep everyone up to date with everything the Network is doing and has planned.
This term has been busy for the Women’s* Network: we’ve elected a brilliant new committee, published an issue of the Artemis zine, started a campaign to improve the experience of students who are pregnant or caring for young children, and hosted some great events, such as our Self-Harm Awareness Talk. A big highlight was the debate we hosted in collaboration with Nottingham Debating Union and UoN Feminists. The motion was “This House Believes That feminists should focus on how gender roles harm all genders”. Some really interesting points were raised and it was great to see so many people engaging with a difficult but fascinating topic. The Domino’s pizza afterwards went down well too!
As Women’s Officer, I’ve had a great term too: In November I took part in the Framework Big Sleepout with some of the other SU Officers. It was very, very cold but was a tiny insight into the lives of the thousands of people sleeping rough every night in the UK. Plus, as a team we raised over £1000! Towards the end of term I attended the Sutton Bonington Yule Ball which was a really fun evening, and it was great to meet the fantastic people running the Sutton Bonington Guild!
We have a lot of great things planned for the coming semester; we’re currently in the process of planning a day of activities and talks for International Women’s Day on March 8th. It’s going to be a fantastic celebration of women and I hope I’ll see a lot of you there! We are also liasing with the brilliant charity Safe Gigs for Women, who are working to make gigs safer and more fun for everyone, to plan an event. As someone who loves going to gigs, I’m really excited about this!
Please do get involved with the Women’s* Network if you want to, we’re always keen to hear from new people and get new ideas! Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you next year.
Hello, and welcome to a new academic year at UoN.
We’re your new women’s officers and this year we’ve got loads of events planned for UoN students; from teaming up with UoN Feminists for a pub quiz to performances of the Vagina Monologues for V-day, we and our committee want to put together a great year for self-defining female students.
The Women’s Network is in place to provide support and safe space for the self-defining female student body, as well as organising campaigns around the issues that mean the most to UoN students. We want to make sure the female voice is heard and represented at our university, both through our Zine (which any of you can write for!) and by bringing your thoughts, concerns and ideas to every Union council. Improving the student experience and university life for women is really important to us, and we want to make sure women are hugely involved in shaping the future of our university. As a part of this, we want to inspire UoN women to take leadership roles this year - whether that may be on your JCR Committee, in a society you’re involved with or on your course.
At UoN, Welcome Week is all about trying new things. From nights out in a new city to signing up to weird and wonderful sports you never knew existed, freshers is the best way to immerse yourself in university life. Naturally, the university strives to make Week One events safe, and in an environment in which everyone will feel comfortable. Throughout Week One there will be uni reps in your hall and on nights out with you who will make your safety their priority and be there to advise should you feel uncomfortable or concerned.
In recent years, social media has played a massive part in exposing sexism on campuses around the UK. Despite it being a time when freshers need the most support, sexism emerges in fresher’s week in the form of chants, lad culture and sometimes even club night promotion endorsed by a university. We are constantly working towards stamping out sexist behaviour at UoN, and you can help by using the hashtag #nottssexism or tweeting @nottssexism to report. We can only stamp out campus sexism if we work together.
We hope you have an amazing experience at UoN. Wishing you a happy freshers!
Emma and Beth xxx
As always, you can get involved with what we do in any way you would like to. So get in touch here…