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May 7, 2018

In February 2018, the media reported on allegations of sexual assault/harassment of five female summer clerks at the Russell McVeagh law firm in 2015/16. In March, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA), Victoria University of Wellington Law Students’ Society (VUWLSS), and Victoria University of Wellington Feminist Law Society (VUWFLS) organised the “March on Midland”. […]

March 26, 2018

We had a rally! The “March on Midland” happened last week – there was a lot of chanting, yelling, and swearing as we let out our emotions towards sexual violence (it’s bad!). Huge moment for students, as we saw the rest of New Zealand wake up and listen to us for a hot minute. But […]

February 26, 2018

CW: sexual assault and harassment 2017 was a year of unprecedented publicity for people coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment and assault. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2017 – the ‘Silence Breakers’ – are people who publicly disclosed their experiences of sexual harassment, and the perpetrators of that harassment, to the […]

October 16, 2017

As you prepare for your exams, VUWSA is preparing for Stress Free Study Week! Hopefully this means you only need to worry about rote learning, and not about buying breakfast and lunch! We’ll also be coming at you with puppies, Krishna, and heaps of coffee. Heads up, the first Monday of Stress Free Study Week […]

August 21, 2017

Next week is the launch of the Thursdays in Black report “In Our Own Words”. The report draws from a comprehensive and wide-reaching survey which, broadly speaking, asked students about their experiences of sexual assault and harassment, sexuality education, institutional policies and support, and LGBTQIA+ and ableism discrimination. Thursdays in Black have analysed the results […]

May 29, 2017

Public Service Announcement! You can get free bread from the Kelburn VUWSA office every Friday. There’s also the VUWSA Community Pantry where you can get a free bundle of food, a fruit and vege market voucher, and sanitary items — no questions asked. It’s simple as! Just fill in the form on the VUWSA website […]

April 3, 2017

There are many issues that need debating, where minds can be changed, or the jury is still out. On the other hand, there are a suite of issues where the fact-based battle has already been won. We are hopefully on the same page in knowing that climate change is caused by people, that mental health […]