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New Zealander of the Year Awards

Our Thursday’s in Black President Kaitlyn White has just been recognised by the Kiwibank Local Hero award as someone who’s selflessness and determination has made a difference in the community.

It provides a special opportunity to all New Zealanders, who have witnessed or experienced the contributions made by this years medal recipients, to say thank you for doing what you do to make our communities better.

Kaitlyn, currently a fifth year student studying Law and Commerce, we  caught up with her to ask more about what has inspired her to get involved with Thursday’s is black:

How did you get inspired to get involved with Thursday’s in Black as well as the UCSA?

I set up the Thursdays in Black (TIB) movement on our campus in 2017 after hearing about the movement on some other campuses and recognising there was a need for TIB not just at UC but in our society.

Sexual violence is unfortunately everywhere in our society but due to a range of factors (moving away from home, first romantic experiences, young age) students are more likely to have experienced a form of sexual violence in their lives.

If we have conversations and run activities / campaigns about consent and what healthy relationships look like at an early stage, everyone can help combat sexual violence and make a positive change in society.

I think we’ve all got a role to play in spreading consent culture in our communities. 

What has been your favourite moment this year?

That’s a hard one to choose! A recent favourite moment was when Thursdays in Black managed to host Jan Logie MP, the Parliamentary Undersecretary on sexual and domestic violence for a speaker series event with UCPols.

The room was packed with people and it was great to see so many students give up their afternoon to hear about her work and to ask what they can do to help solve these issues.

I also noticed that a few people stuck around to have a quiet word with Jan to get advice on situations regarding friends or family, so I’m glad that was able to happen and that she could give advice due to her role at Parliament and previous experience working at Women’s Refuge.

Do you have plans for next year?

I’ve got an internship at the US Congress in Washington DC over summer through an opportunity offered by the School of Law.  In March, I’m starting as a law clerk at Buddle Findlay in Christchurch

 

The regional judging for Kiwibank Local Hero medal recipients has been announced and Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at UC director Associate Professor Te Maire Tau and UCArts Political Scientist Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward for winning Local Hero medals in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards, as well as UC student, UCSA returning officer and president of the  club Thursdays in Black Kaitlyn White.

There are 16 regional presentation ceremonies across New Zealand between mid-November and mid-December.

 

 

 

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

Thursdays in Black relaunch – 22 March

Being safe on campus, in public or in your home is everyone’s right, regardless of your: * race * ethnicity * sexuality * gender identity * class * disability (visible or not) * religious affiliation * political views, and even the way you choose to dress. 

Thursdays in Black is a National student/whānau movement that works towards a world free of rape and violence. #TIB campaigns for campuses to be safe for everyone.

The UCSA has teamed up with the UC Thursdays in Black Society for the 2018 relaunch barbecue. Head down to C-Block lawn from 11.00am on Thursday 22 March for a free sausage, a few tunes and a special  guest speaker.

Come for a chat, with the people dressed in BLACK. They will happily provide information about the campaign and how you can get involved. We want to hear what you want, and give you information about all the  support services available on campus and in the Christchurch area.

Make sure you wear BLACK and come along to be a part of positive change on campus.