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Hello, we’re Anna Marie and Tilly and we both use she/her pronouns. Anna is a second year English Literature student, a committed activist and a Capricorn and Tilly is a first year Politics student, a contemporary folk musician, and a passionate feminist.
Our 3 major campaign points are as follows:
1) Revitalise the Women’s Network: We want to increase the activity and visibility of the network, and make sure to cultivate a network that is welcoming to both those who have been before and those who haven’t. We will make the time and place of meetings and events as clear as possible so that those who need the space are more able to access it. Revitalising the network also includes hosting meet ups, crafternoons, film screenings and other events where we can all come together to be kind and creative with each other. We would also like to run campaigns from the network, that are campus wide, to try and both spread awareness about the issues women and non binary people face, and to try and get more people involved in the network.
2) Increase the confidence of women and non binary folks by running events targeting issues we face, especially in the workplace and academia. For example workshops might cover self care, harassment, adding to your CV, or the issues involved in working in male dominated fields. We welcome your suggestions when it comes to this area of our manifesto – we want to do whatever we can to help you take steps to your dream career or venture, and to help you fight the discrimination that might be standing in your way.
3) To make Women’s Network as accessible as possible. We think it’s really important that the Women’s Network is accessible to people with disabilities of all kinds, and is inclusive of all women and non binary people. We would cater our meetings to students as much as possible, and listen to all members. We want the network to be a place where everyone feels welcome, and where we are intersectional in our approach to supporting women and non binary people.
Both Tilly and Anna have experience working within and outside the university’s liberation structures. We are both dedicated and passionate members of our communities.
Anna has been a LGBTQ Disabled Convenor for 2 years, as well as both a member and Disabled Representative within the Women’s Network. This experience within the network means she’s already been active and aware of the network, and knows ways to improve it, for the benefit of all women on campus. Working as a community organiser is really important to Anna and she thinks that collaborative space-making is incredibly nourishing and valuable, as evidenced with her work organising a two day convention for teenage girls and non binary folks called “Girlcon,” once in 2015 and again in 2016.
Tilly has experience in fundraising and campaigning, so would be able to use those skills to increase the visibility and output of the network. She has lots of experience with public speaking too, and has used her platform as a musician and songwriter to start discussions about feminism, environmentalism, and mental illness for the last 5 years. She is extremely enthusiastic about getting as many people involved in the activist network as possible, and in inspiring women to use their power for their own betterment. She also feels that it is crucial that we help the most vulnerable in society, and is passionate about empathy and inclusion.
With our combination of skills and experience, and our passion for both revitalising the existing activist network, making it more accessible to more members, and spreading awareness to students campus wide about the oppression women and non binary folks face, we know we can make a real difference. We’re passionate about helping those who are struggling, and making a change in this university for the better.
Thank you for your time, and we hope to have your vote!
Anna Marie & Tilly