Candidate for the position of NUS Women's Conference Delegate

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Heather Abdule

My name is Heather Abdule, and I’m a second year History student, hoping to represent you at a national level. The NUS role will give me the opportunity to raise concerns about issues facing women and non-binary students at King’s!
  • BME Officer for KCL Intersectional Feminist Society (2017 - 2018): represented all BME students within iFemSoc, and helped co-ordinate events such as “Intersectionality 101”, as well as planning events for Black History Month and Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM);
  • Black Rep for “I Rise” Magazine (2016 - 2017): represented black women and non-binary students on campus, helped showcase black British creatives and helped co-ordinate the “Inspiration Black Women” segment for “I Rise” magazine.
  • Mentor at “Central Foundation Girls’ School” (2016 - 2017): mentored young girls and helped them develop their debating skills
If elected, I pledge to:
  1. Raise awareness of the issues faced by Black Muslim women on campus and collaborate with the Islamic Society for events on gendered islamophobia;
  2. Share best practice with unions running the #FreePeriods campaign and organise sanitary product drives for homeless shelters;
  3. Host regular coffee socials for women and non-binary people of colour at KCL and use these meetings to submit motions to NUS UK Women’s Conference;
  4. Collaborate with the “It Stops Here” anti-harassment campaign for Disability Awareness Month and highlight the issue of harassment and sexual abuse facing disabled students;
  5. Take inspiration from the “NUS Women in Leadership” conference and set up and provide internship opportunities and/ or career advice for women and non-binary people of colour.