As part of our Liberation in Labour Students blog series, our new Women's Officer, Sheri-Ann Bhim, writes about her plans for the year.
If I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you over social media or in person, I’m Sheri your friendly Labour Students Women’s Officer for the year ahead. I was elected at the last ever National Council in December, and I’ve been working hard to achieve all the goals set out in my speech.
I am pleased to announce that the Priority Campaign this year, is establishing clear sexual harassment policies, in each and every Labour club. This means, creating model constitutional ammendments for you to pass in your individual Labour clubs around the country.
It has also come to my attention that in Students’ Unions, and Labour Clubs around the country, those not defining into a liberation group can vote for that group’s liberation officer. This is something I find to be an outrage. Having safe spaces across our campuses is important, and vital to the productivity of our movement. This is an issue that warrants correction.
This year I and my fellow liberation officers will go on a #liberationroadshow with the aim of visiting all our university Labour clubs and FE institutions with a #liberationroadshow. Going on tour with my fellow liberation officers ensures that intersectionality really is at the heart of what we do. This will inform and culminate in our first ever liberation conference.
I am also committed to helping you recruit more women into your clubs, so I am hosting events at any university who requests me, with local inspiring Labour women in politics inspired by my own club’s Women In Politics evenings.
I want to open a consultation on how we can make our movement more trans and non-binary inclusive specifically. I also plan to hold a series of regional day-conferences with a focus on fostering discussion centred around local women’s issues as well as national. Being a nation’ s representative myself I know the importance of devolved politics and escaping the ‘Westminster’ bubble. This means hosting more events in central regional areas, such as a Scottish Labour Student’s Women’s Day in Edinburgh in October, with the Welsh contingent to be announced.
Finally, a more active social media presence is something I am working on all the time, and these next favours have a lot to do with that. If you haven’t already, please join the Labour Student’s Women’s Forum, which is open to all self-defining Labour Students Women and non-binary individuals, and like the official new Facebook page. You can also keep up to date on Twitter by following @lsgirlgang Twitter account.
Please also send your congratulations and best wishes to some newly elected women in our movement: Chloe Marvin, who was elected as Scottish Labour Students’ Women’s Officer, and Kate Nelson, elected as Chair of Scottish Labour Students.
Sheri-Ann is the Women's Officer for Labour Students.
f: Sheri Brandy Bhim