Having been privileged enough to travel to over 50 countries, my vast exposure to women worldwide has been nothing less than inspiring. I am currently studying a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and it is through this that I continue to be exposed to the evolving role of women in conflict across the globe.
A single mother who never failed to reiterate the importance of knowledge encouraged me to pursue my desire to break the barriers upheld by gender inequality. It is through this that I continue to look for opportunities to contribute to a world built upon a foundation that acknowledges women’s grievances, while embracing their potential.
The essential contributions of women to global peace building efforts can only be achieved if fundamental human rights and freedoms entrenched in gender equality are established first. It is through platforms such as ‘A Safe World for Women’ that women regardless of location or socio-economic status can have their voice heard.
Article by Bianca
Assignment: Sexual Harassment on CampusWhile I am lucky enough to have never experienced sexual harassment on campus, the issue is of increasing significance. Campus life in Australia is slightly different than other countries such as the United States. Although it isn’t a compulsory part of our tertiary education, campus life whether it is one’s permanent base or a place of frequentation was instrumental in my personal development. Campus life, for me, served as a platform to absorb and communicate, to advocate and challenge, and for some it serves as a platform for social activism.
However, for others this has not been the case. Countless reports worldwide emphasise the prominence of this issue and we are not just talking about the cases where an individual has been sexually harassed in person. As technology continues to evolve as a tool for communication, as does its potential to be used inappropriately. The ease of sexual harassment via technology remains an issue of concern and one that needs to be held in the same sphere of concern as that of harassment within campus grounds.
More recently, stories of on-campus rape have hit the headlines. Common features of the brutal stories reiterate a lack of accountability: individuals committing such acts, primarily because they knew they could get away with it. A general lack of legal recourse, in conjunction with a lack of support for victims worsens the wound. Mental health issues that are likely to impact individuals throughout their life are left unmanaged. Future generations, on the other hands, are likely to enter an experience ironically uneducated with non-existent frameworks of support or accountability.