Women’s health and wellness matters

Has your health ever affected your study? Or have you ever wondered what you can do to boost your wellness? This year, UC Careers Annual Careers Event for Women, themed Empowering Women’s Safety and Wellbeing in Work explores health experiences of 51% of the population. Sharing stories helps us feel we aren’t alone and helps us better understand our peers.  

One of our guest speakers is Hannah Blakely, a Registered Clinical Psychologist who runs a private practice. She works with women and their families in the context of health issues affecting women and supports them to look after their wellbeing. She will discuss women’s health experiences, how to boost women’s wellbeing throughout their cycles, and how women can look after themselves at work during pregnancy.         

This event is for all students interested in learning more about experiences affecting 51% of New Zealand’s population and how we all can contribute to a positive and safe work environment for everyone.

Tuesday 7 August, 5.00pm -7.00pm
Undercroft 101
RSVP via CareerHub Events

Don’t forget, you can contribute to the conversation before the event through the UC Careers Facebook event page and Instagram using the hashtags #UCCareers #EmpoweringWomen

Public talk: freedom of choice and human rights

Public talk details at a glance:
Guest speaker Brendan Malone
Wednesday 8 August, 5.00pm

Is abortion something you’ve thought much about? How can we know our options so that as a society we can make the best use of our freedom of choice?  How does abortion relate to human rights? 

ProLife UC is a club that exists to raise awareness and stimulate discussions around current social issues involving life.  Our upcoming public talk will be a great chance to find out more about the topic of abortion and human rights. We’re proud to welcome guest speaker Brendan Malone, NZ bioethics and life issues speaker, here at the University of Canterbury to discuss the topic of abortion. The talk is happening in Undercroft of the James Hight Library. Come along and hear what he has to say. Free pizza will be provided! 

This presentation will explore the most important, and least discussed question of all in the abortion debate, as well as making the case for why it is in the public interest to keep reference to abortion in the New Zealand Crimes Act.

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Thursday’s in Black: the importance of social networks

Thursday’s in Black is a global campaign aimed with increasing awareness of sexual violence, consent culture, and positive relationships. Thursday’s in Black encourages everyone to wear black every Thursday in solidarity against gender based violence. The 2018 formation of UC’s Thursday’s in Black club has led to many events including clothing swaps, discussion panels, and free workshops, keeping its focal message in mind. You can typically find our stalls, Thursday’s at the central library’s entrance, providing free coffee, resources, and conversation. Otherwise, look out for us on Facebook! The on-campus presence of clubs and campaigns such as Thursday’s in Black lies at the heart of UC’s culture, building a community united in diversity.

“It’s so important to have a movement like Thursday’s in Black that breaks down the taboo of sexual violence and is spreading awareness for what we all can do to end rape culture. To have a campaign like this on campus means that we can firstly spread awareness about what sexual violence is, then take action within our communities and through working with the University to end sexual violence and promote a safe and fun campus,” says Kaitlyn White, President of Thursday’s in Black @ UC.

Like on-campus societies and campaigns such as Thursday’s in Black, the counsellors at the UC Health Centre and the Māori Student Development Team, Pacific Development Team, and Student Care are all there for a reason. The safety and security of everyone on campus is paramount.

Ben O’Connell