Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) week will soon upon us! As you may have seen from the timetable, the Students’ Union are hosting a variety of events for our students to engage with, all to raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust. Our chosen charity specifically campaigns on a variety of issues concerning AIDS and HIV, with the goal to empower and support individuals living with HIV.
As part of SHAG week, we are hosting some training sessions focussing on Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect (TIGER). Your VP Sports, VP Eductation and I, along with Ruth from the End It Now Campaign and staff from The Students' Union had the training back in October 2016. It was a way for us to target the high levels of sexual harassment and assault that students experience during their time at university. We explored how lad culture is an issue across all genders; attitudes need to be addressed in order for us to encourage a successful culture change towards this matter. The training was incredibly empowering, highlighting the importance of intersectionality and issues of toxic masculinit, whilst teaching us the appropriate mechanisms for us to be active bystanders.
The training is to be incorporated into Sports and Society committee training, ensuring that we are training our student leaders in the best way possible. However, TIGER is beneficial to all of us in recognising negative and discriminatory behaviour, especially as lines become blurred when actions are categorised as just ‘banter’.
We will be present on Frenchay, Glenside and City Campus all throughout the week if you would like to join us and get involved in empowering our student movement against sexual harassment and violence.