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.
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.
Sophie’s Legacy – a discussion with Lesley Elliot
Thursday 27 July, 2.30pm – 4pm
UCSA is hosting Lesley Elliot as a guest speaker in the lead-up to the launch of Thursdays in Black. Lesley is the mother of Sophie Elliot from Dunedin who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2008. Lesley now runs a foundation and talks to youth about healthy relationships, empowerment, and consent.
If you would like to hear more about her story come along to Undercroft 101 at 2:30pm on Thursday 27 July. Tea and Coffee will be provided, as well as support from the UC Health Centre.