WOMEN'S WELFARE OFFICER AHORNISH AHONA
I am Ahornish Ahona, a third year Law student from Bangladesh. I believe everybody should have equal opportunity and protection regardless of gender and I want to make our union a safe and welcoming environment for all women and ensure that the job is done.
I want to make sure to tackle problems of sexism within the community starting from catcalling to further severe issues. I am from a country where sexism is rooted much deeper than anywhere in Europe, and I have been an activist working to find a solution from my younger years. At the age of 16 I, along with some other friends, initiated the #JusticeForTonu movement based upon the brutal rape and murder of a young girl which later turned into a movement of a hundred thousand students from all over the country.
1. Making the Campus Safer: Create a zero-tolerance harassment campaign where societies can pledge to never condone sexual harassment of any form, and make sure women around the campus can openly talk about issues they suffer on a day-to-day basis for raising more awareness.
2. Improving Sexual Health Awareness: Promoting educational sexual health awareness by organising sessions covering: contraceptive options, safe sex, STDs, pregnancy etc.
3. Supporting Mental Health: Create and implement Peer Support groups for student communities. In addition to lobbying for increased tutor training for mental health education, BME and LGBT+ issues will be brought up.
4. Working closely with the Men’s, LGBT+ and Disabilities Welfare Officer to create social and collaborative consciousness raising events: It is important to acknowledge the different struggles associated to different female identities and use our varying and collective experience to support each other. Moreover, gender stereotypes can also negatively affect men; masculinity can be mutually restricting. Let’s celebrate woke men and create constructive environments to help teach men to be supportive allies to women.
5. Strengthening alliances between all women on campus: There is great potential for support and community between students, academics and non-academic female staff. The women who enable our studies in practical ways, such as cleaning and cooking should be celebrated within the UWE community, their roles and voices are vital to our collective resistance. Furthermore, female academics who are still in the minority, I personally believe, should be promoted as role models.
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