What with April being STD Awareness Month (fact), we decided to combine two of our favourite things: academia and sexual health, and hold a Sexual Health Awareness Quiz on the 11th. It was an enlightening and challenging evening full of questions and yet more questions, with 6 rounds, each lovingly compiled by the Women’s Campaign, including Sexual Health Through the Ages and Pop Culture. Cheap prizes were won, refreshments were had, and a a relevant soundtrack delighted our ears. Thanks, Lil’ Wayne. Donations from the evening to FPA!
On Monday, April 8th, we held our Amnestea Event. The Women’s Campaign drank tea and ate delicious cakes with Birkbeck’s Amnesty International Society and in the process raised a magnificent £76 for for Amnesty International!
Tea and cakes were enjoyed with a screening of the BBC documentary ‘The Choice’, a more up-to-date film documenting the life of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
March has been a busy month so far. On Monday 4th, we screened ‘Lady of No Fear’, a Danish documentary about Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a joint event with Birkbeck’s Amnesty International Society. This was followed by banner making for Million Women Rise. On Friday, 8th we welcomed two inspirational speakers, Amanda Jones and Jessica Rose, for Women in Enterprise, co-organised with Birkbeck Students’ Union’s Enterprise Network. Sunday, 17th saw our fabulous Feminist Walking Tour of Bloomsbury. Fourteen of us took a tour through Bloomsbury’s feminist history via statues, Squares and buildings, learning about the seminary women who lived and worked in this area. Six of us spoke and lead different parts of the tour, and we even stopped off to see Kerry and others from BPCA in Bedford Sqaure!
Miss Representation Screening – Friday, 1st
Pro-Choice Launch Picket Banner Making
On Monday, 14th January, Birkbeck’s Women’s Campaign joined the London Feminist Societies’ Network to make banners for the Alliance of Pro-Life Students’ posh party picket. As the Alliance got ready to launch their “first year of student pro-life outreach”, we got creative and put paint to paper to tell them exactly what we thought.
On Monday, 10th December we braved the cold weather and set up shop at ULU for evening. With the aim of raising as much money as possible for Rape Crisis, our indoor market sold everything from a mountain of homemade cakes, to mulled wine, handmade goods, Zines, used books and clothes. We were also joined by women-related organizations – Feminist Library, Feminist Conference in London 2013, For’em Magazine, Fawcett Society, and BPCA.
It was a magnificent collaborative evening by the end of which we had raised £148.10! Everyone on the campaign worked so hard to make this event happen, from setting up to selling cakes outside Birkbeck at 10.30pm. A fantastic evening, with all proceeds gone to Rape Crisis’ helpline.
Reclaim the Night Banner Making
On Friday, Nov. 23rd we spent an evening banner making for this year’s Reclaim the Night (London) the following day (24th)! As with the SlutWalk banner making, we provided the board, paints, brushes, nibbles/soft drinks….all y’all brought your ideas and to creativity to produce some fabulous banners! We were joined by UCL and SOAS!
On Saturday, 24th November we marched at RTN with the Queer bloc organized by the UCL Women’s Network. It was wet, we got soggy, but we chanted, whooped and our banners stayed dry! (thanks to their DIY plastic covering). Awesome evening, great group of people!
On Tuesday, November 13th we hosted a Pro-Choice event. Kerry Johnson, Bloomsbury Pro-Choice Alliance talked about BPCA’s recent counter protests against 40 Days for Life’s ‘vigils’ outside the BPAS clinic in Bedford Square. This was followed by a Q&A. We then screened Abortion Wars, a BBC documentary from Northern Ireland (2011, 40 mins) that follows two women on opposing sides of the abortion debate, and closely parallels what has been happening in Bloomsbury.
Friday, October 5th we screened The Color Purple. Based on the novel of the same name by Alice Walker, The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, and shows the problems and struggles that black women faced in the South in the early 20th century, including poverty, racism, and sexism. Inspirational. Great to see so many of you!
Monday, 1st October saw our first meeting of the academic year – the Birkbeck Women’s Campaign Welcome Event. A fantastic start to the year, with much discussion about future campaigns, events and socials and a great chance for new and returning students to meet.
Friday, September 14th, in conjunction with the Welfare Committee, we gathered to make banners for Slut Walk. A creative, productive, evening that resulted in the brilliant posters we carried during Slut Walk on the 22nd Sept.