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August 10, 2009 | by  | in Opinion |
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Kia ora everyone, my name is Caitlin Dunham and I am your new Women’s Rights Officer. Thank you to all who voted for me and I hope I do you justice! As WRO, I plan to continue the amazing work done by Kassie and organize lots of fun campaigns and Women’s Group events.

Women’s Group is meeting next Wednesday 12 August, and if you’re keen to join email vuwsa.womens.group@gmail.com to get added to the mailing list. As our wonderful association president Jasmine is attending, we thought it would be the perfect time to finalise the constitution and set a date for the AGM.

Coming up this trimester is the Reclaim the Night march, which proclaims the right of women (or anyone!) to go out at night without the fear of being raped or abused. It is open to all self-proclaimed women and children, and although there hasn’t been one in a few years it should be an awesome night. Look out for posters a little later in the trimester! If you are keen to get involved at all, there is a public meeting sometime next week, so sign up to the Women’s Group email list and we’ll send you the deets.

The Thursdays in Black campaign to stop rape and violence against women is still going strong. Stalls are at the weekly SRCs (Wednesday) and in the quad on Thursdays. All proceeds go towards charity.

Lastly, the YWCA is having a breakfast on the 17th September for the annual Suffragette’s Day, with the Hon. Pansy Wong as the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 and it is being held at the Quality and Comfort inn on Cuba St. For more information, visit www.wgtnywca.org.nz or email the Women’s Group.

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Women’s Group bake sale a few weeks back, it was a huge success and all profits will go towards a charity of the Women’s Groups’ choice.

If there is anything you want done in regards to women on campus, or if you would like information about anything mentioned here/coming up with the Women’s Group, or anything else for that matter, email me at wro@vuw.org.nz. And don’t forget to tune in every Thursday 10-11am for the Women’s Show with me and the super amazing Kim. We play lots of music and try to talk about something topical each week.

Caitlin Dunham
wro@vuw.org.nz

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