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In Conversation with the President of Women of Colour Collective
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In Conversation with the President of Women of Colour Collective

Hi Hanan, Could you tell me a bit more about your society and what it stands for? We were founded in 2015 and what we wanted to do was to address intersectionality more on campus. We really have focus not just on women, but particularly women of colour.  So we’re doing a lot campaigns for Black History Month and big events like ‘Why is My Curriculum so White’. We’ll be sort of arguing the case against exactly that. We also look at the other marginalised groups and campaigns that focus on Muslim women and female genital mutilation – things that don’t necessarily get that much coverage. Is your society inclusive of people that aren’t women of colour? Yeah, it’s definitely inclusive of everyone. We’re here for men, women, white people, people of other ethnicities; everyone. Okay s...


I'd like to start off by thanking the Black and Minor Ethnicities (BME) Officer Dunola and the Afro-Caribbean Society (ACS) committee for initiating such dialogue. It is important to create a space on our campus for a topic as meaningful but also as controversial as shadism. Many may not know what it is, whilst others may feel that it is not a detrimental issue at all. Personally I had never put too much thought into it until I read the 'Noughts and Crosses' series by Malorie Blackman. There was a part in the series which stuck out for me, where Blackman highlights the way that plasters are flesh coloured. When you stop to think about this, it raises the question of what exactly is 'flesh' coloured, given that humans and their flesh do not come in one standardised colour. This may seem lik...