Author: annacarderscott

8 Empowering Women You Should Know About

In light of International Women’s Day, here are 8 revolutionary, empowering and down-right incredible women who have continuously fought to improve the lives of others. Malala Yousafzai (1997 – present) To kick off the list let’s turn to 20-year old Malala Yousafzai. At the age of 11, when many of us were still dabbling in the world of make believe, Malala was writing for BBC Urdu. She described life in Pakistan under Taliban occupation, which caught the attention of the New York Times. Sadly her activism also put her on the radar of the Taliban, leading to her attempted assassination...

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Student Officer Candidate Interviews: Lucy Pilling

Meet SO candidate Lucy Pilling, a fourth year student studying for her History MA. “You should vote for Lucy to Lead as Guild President because I have been an activist on campus for four years, involving myself in multiple affecting change societies and as president of the Feminist Society. Being a volunteer and full-time student is limiting, so the officer position would allow me to take my activism further. Women’s representation in the Guild is vital after a year of an all male officer team and so I will promote the liberation of marginalised students, through supporting students academically,...

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How YOU can help the homeless

Following the recent death of a homeless man outside the entrance to parliament, how can we as students help rough sleepers here in Liverpool? Help the homeless society president, Lily Nathan tells us how we can get involved and about the upcoming event Raise the Roof.

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November 24th – National SolidariTee Day!

You may notice a number of students sporting the bright and brilliant SolidariTee shirts around campus this week, in support of refugees in Turkey and Greece. If you have been living under a rock, in the library, or in a permanent state of being hungover, you may have missed the message of the SolidariTee campaign – until now! National SolidariTee day falls on November 24th to raise money in order to provide legal aid and representation for refugees in Greece and Turkey. SolidariTee was founded last year by Tiara Ataii, a student at Cambridge University. Just one year later and the campaign has spread to 11 universities around the UK. Students can buy a T-shirt for £10, all of which goes directly to the refugees. It is a perfect way to know that your charity donation is making a tangible difference. Anyone who has bought a T-shirt is strongly encouraged to wear it on November 24th  in solidarity with the cause. This year’s T shirts have a special red design on the front. While Tiara was working as an interpreter for Advocates Abroad, she met an Afghan man who had been tortured by the Taliban. To help his asylum case, he needed to draw a map to show where this terrible act of torture had taken place. His map became the basis for this year’s SolidariTee shirt and is presented on...

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Let’s Make Gender X The New ‘Ms’

In the dim and distant days of 1972, the UK government approved the use of ‘Ms’ as a female title on official documents: a victory for women everywhere, it was no longer necessary for a title to define your marital status. And yet, some 40 years later, the British government still refuses to acknowledge the need for a non-traditional gender option. Is it truly relevant for a person to declare their gender on a passport? Is it acceptable to force someone, someone who doesn’t define themselves as male or female, to make a choice? I would place myself firmly in...

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