What we do
The Wom*n’s Collective are a bunch of people who have had experience as a wom*n and wom*n identifying people who hold meetings weekly, discussion groups and social events. We discuss personal experiences, oppression, privilege, power, social structures, representation, books we love, books we hate, cats, TV shows, blogs, art and share general gripes from our day.
Our aims for 2014
2014 is going to be a very exciting year. We will be putting a large focus on accessibility, which is a principle we would like all our gatherings to embody. This means that the spaces, tone and activities of our events don’t implicitly or explicitly exclude certain experiences of being a wom*n and that we also provide ample opportunity for all our members to explore and share new ideas, stories and experiences influencing their activism. This year is an opportunity for all of us to broaden our understanding of what wom*n’s activism has and could be. We are looking forward to taking the time to get to know one and other, and reaching further insight into how perceived and felt identities are snagged in societal oppression, and how best we can help each other untangle them.
A few events you can look forward to that are coming up is our consent campaign at O-Week (please drop round to our stall and pick up some consensually rad undies), unveiling our colourful poster campaign with the RPA Sexual Assault Service, and our Growing Strong launch party in March where we will be debuting the Wom*n’s Collective anthology for 2014. We are also pretty excited to have a Bring-a-friend day where you can haul a mate of your choosing along to collective and hopefully jointly delight in the fact that activism is great! This year we are also really looking forward to collaborating with other collectives on campus and across the state to make our fight against society’s intersecting oppressions even stronger.
This year, the Wom*n’s Collective want to foster an environment and outlook that is completely committed to recognising, exploring, embracing and practising intersectionality. Intersectionality is a word you mightn’t be familiar with, but we hope, along with working with other students, to make it a household term. It is the belief that identities and oppressions are complex and multi-faceted, comprising of a confluence of many different parts; sexuality, race, gender identity or expression, class and ability, to name a few. These elements can oppressive in an individual’s life and leads to a very unique, embodied and singular experience of connecting oppressions.
We also hope to create a space where we can acknowledge the oppression experienced by intersectional individuals from people with normative identities, i.e. identities that have been favoured in society; white, straight, cis-gendered, middle-upper class and ‘able’. We want to work with other collectives and students on campus to communicate this to each other and discuss ways to improve inclusivity both on an every-day level and also in a student activist context.
We will be holding a number of social events, musical evenings, panel discussions and picnics to form social networks, develop our own ideas and learn from each other’s unique experiences.
All wom*n identifying people and those that have had experience as a wom*n are warmly invited to sign up for women’s collective!
Don’t forget the Wom*n’s Collective meeting is held every Wednesday at 1pm in the Wom*n’s Room on Level 2 of Manning House and that it is a worthwhile event in itself! Our meetings are a chance for you to suggest events and ideas you’d like to see pursued on campus – so we would love to see you there!
Women’s Officers, Georgia Cranko, Phoebe Moloney and Julia Readett are responsible for running women’s collective.
If you have an idea for an event, would like to be a member or have any questions at all, they can be contacted at the following mediums:
Georgia Cranko, Julia Readett and Phoebe Moloney
University of Sydney Student Representative Council
Wednesdays at 1pm in the Women’s Room (Level 1, Manning House).