To consider the introduction an elected Women's Officer as part of the on-going review into the Part-Time Officer structure

Extra Information: 

The Students' Union at UWE is one of few that does not currently have a Women's Officer.

 

Sexism is still a thing and it needs to be tackled. Feminism is not about hating men, it is about challenging discriminatory attitudes that still takes place.

 

Research conducted shows that 1 in 4 female students have faced sexual harassment at university. Further research conducted showed that issues with mental health arose after such harassment.

 

Hyper-masculinity is severely impacting men and their mental health also. Hyper-masculinity affects both men and women, creates unrealistic ideals, and potentially intimidating atmospheres.

 

The creation of a Women's Officer will help to run campaigns (e.g. International Women's Day), represent female students, and work in partnership with the other Liberation Officers. 

Actions Taken

  • This Idea gained a 3rd which means it's not a priority for the time being.
  • The Executive agreed to give this Idea a conditional pass. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by two-thirds of the Student Council Meeting.
  • Student Council agreed to pass this Idea. This Idea is now being debated by the Board of Trustess who will decide if and how this Idea will become Stduents' Union policy.

Discuss

Zoe Broome
3:50pm on 15 Mar 17 This is a great idea!
James Frith
1:38pm on 15 Mar 17 While I agree that this should fall under the remit of the Welfare VP and Officer, I also agree that there are issues facing women that you can never truly understand unless you are female... having a women's officer to represent and address the specific issues effecting women, and those indirectly effecting men (in the same way the BME officer represents and addresses the issues of BME students, and International officer represents and addresses the issues for International students) is a great idea. The question of "will there be a thing for men?" should never be used as a reason not to do a thing for women!
Chloe O'Dell
12:59pm on 15 Mar 17 I think both female and male rights should be discussed more but not as their own individual officer, but as part of the student welfare position.
Rosemary Webb
10:46am on 9 Mar 17 Love this idea! If I wasn't leaving this year I'd have even considered running for it. :)
Ellie Dunstan
5:14pm on 24 Feb 17 Good idea however the 1 in 4 statistic has been proven inaccurate. I think it was found to be more like 1 in 10? Regardless, still an issue to be tackled.
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