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Kia ora little freshers and welcome to Victoria!
On behalf of the wider feminist community here at the university we would like to extend an invitation into the exciting world of equal rights. The Victoria University Feminist Organisation (or VICUFO, as we like to call ourselves) is the representative group run by VUWSA who campaign for all those marginalised genders out there.
Alongside UniQ, Can Do, and V-ISA (your other representative groups), VICUFO works hard to ensure that the voices of the underdogs are heard and listened to. These four groups are Victoria’s version of superheroes, fighting the bad guys on the daily while the townsfolk continue their day to day lives.
Okay, apologies, that got weird real quick.
So what do we actually do?
Well, VICUFO tries to ensure that Victoria University is as open and diverse as it can be. We advocate for safe spaces on campus so everyone can feel looked after. Our own Women’s Space is located behind the Hunter Lounge on Kelburn campus where you can chill out, have some kai, maybe get some study in, and just generally wallow in the awesomeness of that feminist life. We host movie nights and discussion panels which focus on the struggles of women, mana wahine, and non-binary genders. We collaborate with Thursdays in Black, Wellington Rape Crisis, and other campaigns to continue the education of those who may be less aware of what feminism is. And every year in trimester two we hold our world famous (really) Women’s Week — a week long extravaganza of events, laughter, love, no sleep, and, of course, feminism.
All in all, we work to try and let the wider student community (you guys) know there is no fear in the word feminism, that feminists can come in all shapes and sizes, and that burning your bras is completely optional. Find us on Facebook (facebook.com/VICUFO) to keep up to date with our happenings!
Lots of love and yours in feminism,
— Naomi Peacock and Cole Hutchinson (Co-Presidents)