Last week I met with Christian and a number of students who are interested in the Gender Equality Society we are hoping to start up. We discussed small steps we could take and aims of the group. We are going to start small within the society but hopefully expand out to people outside of Cardiff Met. Aims we noted on the society forms were to offer a safe space for people to come together to discuss their worries, issues and share experiences; to help with any issues of discrimination due to gender; to work with the police on raising awareness on what is classed as sexual assault; to become involved in community gender equality issues, etc. We had to fill in the forms and present them to the SU. We have enough signatures to suggest sufficient interest for the society. The SU have contacted Christian asking how we plan to raise awareness of the society through the school. I have set up a facebook page for now, we will be setting up a twitter feed, we are hoping to use the tv’s in the SU to advertise and use my work to make posters. We want to make some ground on this so we can have a table at the freshers fair.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404576199866621/?fref=ts (link to the society group page)
At the moment, the name is too long winded, so we are going to brain storm something small and catching and work on a logo that we can start to disseminate around Cardiff that people will begin to recognise. We were thinking on stickers and stick them on whatever we can; toilet doors, lamposts, etc. Kind of grafiti… but for a good cause!
We plan to also not just meet in the SU, to start meeting in other places; like Little Man Coffee Company. Even though they didn’t think my work was appropriate for the walls, hopefully they will recognise the interest in the cause with the number of people we can generate to take part in meetings.
It’s been a long time in the making, but this will be an ongoing process; as will my involvement in the Sexual Wellbeing Foundation. I have been in contact with Olive, the founder, again and now her degree is over she is planning on pushing ahead with her charity work and she wants to talk to me over the coming week.
Also, now my book is finished and printed. I can contact Chris Green of the White Ribbon Campaign and show him the work. Hopefully, it can be used for their campaign.