Where Them Girls At?
Only four women are running as candidates in this years UWSU Elections, two re-running sabbatical officers: current Student Union President Freya Thompson, and current Vice President of Cavendish Ludovica Siniscalchi Bernabo, and two new candidates: Zurria Qureshi, and Ethel Tambudzai. Qureshi and Tambudzai are running for Vice President of Regents and Little Titchfield Street, meaning there are no female candidates running for Vice President of Marylebone.
The position of Vice President of Marylebone has been held by Salsabil Sila for two consecutive years. This year, five male candidates are running for this role: Mahammed Tahir, Bob Alimov, Helsio Perestrelo, Joseph Ikebudu and Darshan Bhudia. When asked why they had no female opposition, Darshan said “We have a larger population of women in Marylebone campus, than other campuses, being a business related campus.”
Only four women are running as candidates in this years election, with two re-running sabbatical officers.
“Maybe, It’s because, women are more towards working in other sectors of the companies or not in universities.”
Bob, another fellow Marylebone candidate, said “Maybe there is no interest in the female candidates to run for it. Maybe this is just coincidence that this year there weren’t any females”
Being one of the four female candidates, Freya Thompson said, “The election candidates vary from year to year. You could ask, why are there not more LGBTI candidates running, more disabled, more women. It varies on who puts themselves forward.”
“We have Liberation Officers to represent these groups when there may not be candidates from them running. What pleases me is that there are more candidates running from last year (16 this year, 13 last year), which is an improvement, and more BAME candidates than before.”