Tackling Lad Culture
We believe universities need to take a strategic approach to tackle Lad Culture. While students and staff need to take collective responsibility in becoming inclusive and supportive communities of active bystanders in order to influence a positive societal ripple effect by:
- Acknowledging lad culture - educate students and staff about the impact of lad culture and the importance of equality, diversity and sexual consent.
- Challenge lad culture - train students and staff on how to become active by-standers so that everyone is equipped with the skills and confidence and has the support to tackle lad culture as and when it happens.
- Create Inclusive social spaces - make sure you are promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything you create for students to get involved in.
- Create Supportive structures - Promote accessible reporting methods and Care pathways
Education and Access
The Women's campaign believes that education is a public good and should be free for everyone to access. We also believe that the fight for a liberated curriculum is integral to the fight for free education. We aim to campaign to dismantle the many different barriers to education that women face, be it financial orientated difficulties or lack of support with caring responsibilities, and to defend and promote the right to further and higher education for all women.
We believe that it’s impossible to fight for a society where women are seen as equals when our efforts are constantly marginalised or completely written out of history all together because of the systematic sexism in education. That is why we’ve worked with HerStory UK to create a campaign to empower student activists to create transformative education spaces on campus to liberate their curricula. You can find out more about the NUS HerStory Campaign here and the #LiberateMyDegree campaign here.
Welfare and Human Rights
Our campaign believes that self-care is a radical act and should not be an afterthought but central to good mental health and wellbeing. That is why we developed the #FeelingMyselfCare workshop toolkit to aid student feminist activist groups in discussing and engaging in radical self-care. The #FeelingMyselfCare workshop toolkit consists of workshop briefing, PowerPoint presentation and feedback form.
Periods are bloody expensive and it’s for this reason the #FreePeriods movement exists, a campaign which calls on the government to eradicate the cost of sanitary products. On #PeriodPrideDay we launched the #FreePeriods Toolkit to help students’ unions to cut the cost of menstruation by providing cheaper or where possible, free sanitary products to all students who need them. Students’ unions can also order organic tampons and towels as well, through the NUS purchasing consortium.
NUS Women’s Campaign is proudly pro-choice and a member of the national pro-choice campaign, Abortion Rights UK. We are also an official supporter of the #TrustWomen campaign to decriminalise abortion across the UK. We’ve worked in partnership with Abortion Rights to produce Keeping Campuses Pro-Choice, a guide that clarifies the legal position for students' unions who wish to pass policy to take a pro-choice position on the issue of abortion and who want to affiliate to Abortion Rights.
Sex Worker Rights
In December 2014 NUS passed a motion to support decriminalisation of sex work so that sex workers can have access to full labour rights, including the right to unionize. NUS believes the decriminalisation of sex work will provide a range of protections for sex workers against labour exploitation, discrimination and violence. We’ve written this model motion on the issue of decriminalising sex work.
NUS Women’s campaign with Rape Crisis England & Wales launched the #StandByMe on 25 November 2015 to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We called for institutions to reject the Zellick guidelines and join us in calling for a consultation including the student movement and specialist services for the creation of new robust reporting and disciplinary guidelines and survivor support. Find out more about how you can take part in local and national action to improve student survivor support here.