NUS Women's Campaign X Abortion Support Network Fundraiser

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SOAS SU JCR, SOAS University of London

10 Thornhaugh Street

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WC1H 0XG

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NUS Women's Campaign host an evening of music, poetry and conversation at SOAS Students' Union JCR, in support of Abortion Support Network.

Abortion Support Network (ASN) is a charity that provides information, financial assistance and, where needed and when possible, accommodation in volunteer homes to those forced to travel for abortion care from Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta and Gibraltar. The cost of this ranges from £400 to £2000 or more depending on circumstance and stage of pregnancy.

ASN was founded with the understanding that making abortion against the law doesn’t stop abortion but only stops safe abortion. Put another way, making abortion against the law means that when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, pregnant people with money have options and pregnant people without money have babies, or do dangerous and desperate things.

** ACCESSIBILITY **
Info about the accessibility of SOAS SU can be found here: https://soasunion.org/yourunion/access/
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you've got further questions: rachel.watters@nus.org.uk.

**SPEAKERS**

ASN Students will be speaking about the work of Abortion Support Network, and their plans for campaigning and fundraising with students across the UK.

Fiona Mann is the founder and CEO of Project MAMA, a charity launched in March 2018 which supports women who are refugees, seeking asylum or have irregular immigration status throughout the maternity process. They link women with specialist birth companions and a peer network for support throughout pregnancy, childbirth and in early parenting.

Oonagh Ryder is the Administration, Information and Research Officer at Birth Companions, a charity providing support to pregnant women and new mothers who experience multiple disadvantages. She has spent several years working in the voluntary sector in criminal justice and also campaigns for the abolition of the prison system, co-hosting podcast “the lockdown”.

Dr Jenny Douglas is passionate about the health and wellbeing of black women as evidenced through her research and public engagement. She has a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of York. Her research is both varied and wide ranging, spanning 30 years on issues of race, health, gender and ethnicity. Her chapter ‘Black Women’s Health Matter: Putting Black Women on the research agenda’ was published in 1992 and since then she has been involved in activism around the health of Black women in the UK. The key theme unifying her research and activism is intersectionality – exploring how ‘race’, class and gender affect particular aspects of African - Caribbean women’s health. Jenny Douglas established and chairs the Black Women’s Health and Wellbeing Research Network. (www.open.ac.uk/black-womens-health-and-wellbeing) and her ambition is to establish an international research institute on the health and wellbeing of black women. She is a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University.

Sowda Ali is an enthusiastic and resilient journalist and has produced digital films for the BBC. She has directed and produced documentaries with a focus on under-reported stories. She has experience working across radio, TV and digital including award-winning programmes such as the News at Ten.

Rachel Watters is NUS Women's Officer 2019-20. As a student activist in Belfast, she co-created the NUS Home to V8te campaign to mobilise the student vote to repeal the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland.

**POETRY AND PERFORMANCES**

We're delighted to be joined by the following poets and DJ:

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is the winner of a 2018 Eric Gregory Award for promising British poets under 30, and has held artistic residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum in London.

Nora Selmani is Arts co-editor at Porridge and recently completed her MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London. Her interests include gender, nationalism, diaspora, and food, and she is the founder and editor of Porridge's 'Comfort Foods' series. Her debut pamphlet 'Portraits' was published by Lumin in 2018.

Sarah Lasoye is a British-Nigerian poet, born and based in London. She is an alumnus of the Barbican Young Poets programme, and current member of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Her work has been commissioned by St. Paul’s Cathedral, and featured on BBC Radio 4. She is a black feminist organiser and facilitator, and was the 2018-19 Women’s Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS).

Zahrah Sheikh, a British Pakistani poet from Ilford. A member of Octavia a women of colour collective and a Barbican Young Poet Alumnus. Her writing mainly explores prayer, the self, the weight of an action and silence.

Fatima Diriye is a History and Politics undergraduate at SOAS. She is community engagement officer for her CLP and used to be a committee member for NUS BSC and the NUS Women’s campaign. Alongside this, spends her time performing poetry and she was featured in Buzzfeed's article entitled “Five British Somali Poets You Need to Know About”.

Rawalia Hassan is a student at Queen Mary University of London. Her poetry explores the everyday, nature, love, and loss.

Phoebe Apollo, a member of the events collective ResisDance, will perform a DJ set.

**SUGGESTED DONATIONS**

Suggested donations for the event are on a sliding scale, and all donations to this vital organisation are much appreciated!

Artwork by Tamara Jade.

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SOAS SU JCR, SOAS University of London

10 Thornhaugh Street

London

WC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

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