The Women’s Collective is a diverse group of woman-identifying students who meet weekly for discussion and to plan events and campaigns around issues that affect women on campus. The Women’s Collective is autonomous, which means it is open to all those students who identify as women, or have lived experience as a woman.
What we do!
The Women’s Collective holds a number of social events throughout the year including dinners, outings and picnics. We also began a women’s performance night (Knightess) in 2012, which showcased the many talents of women at Sydney Uni and in the wider community. Through this, we were also able to raise money for Lou’s Place – a women’s drop-in shelter based in King’s Cross.
We are responsible for a number of publications each year. We produce an annual publication called Growing Strong each January, which is filled with writing, poetry and artwork from women students. We also publish a Women’s edition of your student newspaper, Honi Soit in Semester One. Both of these publications allow women students to showcase their talents and gain important skills in writing, editing and publishing.
The Women’s Collective co-ordinates and participates in a number of important women’s events each year. In 2012, many Women’s Collective members were involved in organising the successful Reclaim the Night March and the Reclaim the Night dance Party. We also celebrated International Women’s Day and International Day of the Girl Child together. A number of Women’s Collective members also participated in a flash mob to “end the stigma” around abortion.
Women’s Collective also stays updated on issues and events happening on campus and in the community which may affect women students. Some of our members have campaigned around issues like pro-choice advocacy, Affirmative Action, affordable student housing and education cuts.
Aims for 2013!
Women’s Collective has big plans for 2013. We plan to continue holding social events which will allow collective members to build networks, friendships, and their own opinions on feminism and women’s issues. We also plan to hold another Knightess performance night.
Women’s Collective aims to expand our membership in 2013. This begins with additions to our collective from incoming women students. If you are interested in women’s issues or feminism, and are woman-identifying, we would love to have you!
We hope to begin some sub-groups within the collective that will allow us to make sure our events and activism are catered to a strong intersection of women – these may include (but are not limited to) a queer women’s group, a women of colour group, a rural women’s group, a (dis)ability group and/or a women in science group. In addition to this, we aim to work towards establishing a cross-campus women’s network in Sydney.
We look forward to contributing to International Women’s Day Celebrations, Reclaim the Night and International Day of the Girl Child, as well as running our campus specific campaigns. We are also very excited to take some women down to Melbourne University in the mid-semester break for the National Organisation of Women Student’s Australia (NOWSA) conference.
In 2013, we will be continuing work around the “Talk About It” Survey, which is a bi-annual survey conducted by the National Union of Students. The aim of the survey is to record incidences of sexual assault and harassment at university campuses and provide universities with practical steps to improve these statistics. Last year the collective started a campaign and made significant progress but there is still much more to be done and we hope to achieve big changes in the coming year.
All women are warmly invited to sign up for women’s collective!
We meet on Wednesdays at 1pm in the Women’s Room (Level 1, Manning House).
Women’s Officers, Hannah and Emily are responsible for running women’s collective and representing the interests of women students on campus.
Get in contact with them at any time