The Women’s Department

The Women’s Department exists to advocate for women and non-binary students on campus. We work to make the university a safe place for women and non-binary students, facilitate feminist activism, run campaigns, and, of course, host fabulous events!

The department is run by Women’s Officers who are elected in the student elections the previous year.

The Women’s Room

The Women’s Room is a designated safe space for women and non-binary students. Located on the first floor of Union House, the Women’s Room is an autonomous place where women and non-binary students can feel comfortable and safe to be themselves without having to share the space with men or undergo male scrutiny. It provides a space for women to relax, talk to each other, collaborate, organise, discuss issues or read literature/brochures without embarrassment or self-censorship. It is a non-competitive and supportive space, as well as a great place to meet and get to know amazing women and non-binary students!

You can chill out here, study, rest, eat your lunch or join in a discussion. Facilities in the Women’s Room include free tea, tampons, pads, dams, lube and condoms, and access to couches, a fridge, a microwave and a computer. There is information on women’s health, services for women on and off campus, sexual and reproductive health, and fun stuff to get involved in. We have a large bookshelf full of wonderful women-centred books you can borrow.

Make sure you come and find the Women’s Room, because it’s here for you!

Please note: the Women’s Room is a safe space. To make sure all students are safe and comfortable in this room, please note that transphobia, racism, ableism, classism, fatphobia and misogyny are not acceptable in this space.

Do Not Assume:

1. You know any one else’s experience of gender and sexuality, or other details about their personal background. Do not make assumptions or statements about what is ‘normal’.
2. We have the same level of background knowledge. Try to clarify when some one makes a mistake. Avoid insider language like acronyms.
3. We have the same values of what is inherently wrong or right.
4. That it is the responsibility of other individuals to police your language.

Do assume:

1. That all women are welcomed and valued in this space, including trans women.
2. That sex workers use this space and are entitled to respect.
3. That we welcome women of faith to use this space for prayer. Please be considerate where prayer practice may require silence.
4. That we all come from different backgrounds and we all have an equal right to the freedom to be self-expressive without fear of being uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe due to one’s gender assigned at birth, cultural background, age, mental/physical ability, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, gender expression, class.
5. That every one in this room is entitled to respect on the basis of the respect they extend to other perspectives and experiences.