Women’s and Non-Binary Officer
Clare is proud of its reputation as one of the most friendly and progressive colleges, and the UCS wishes to keep it this way! As Women and non-binary’s Officer, I will work with the welfare team to ensure that the views of self-defining women and non-binary students are reflected and promoted.
If you ever feel unsafe, worried, or just want a chat, I am always around to talk and don’t hesitate to get in touch. I can provide access to information concerning physical and mental health, contraception (as well as free chlamydia testing and free pregnancy tests), counselling services, life at Clare or anything else you may wish to talk about! There are also the other members of the welfare team: Phil Tower, Ellie Carter, Aish Machani, and Freddy Legg who will be around for all your other welfare-related needs. The weekly drop-ins are a great way to reach us too, and myself, Freddy and Aish are planning on running our own drop-ins to supplement the weekly ones.
Outside the UCS, there are the wonderful College Nurses, Helen James and Jo Scoones. Other points of call within college include: your Tutor, the Senior Tutor, or your DoS for more academic related problems.
Gender Equality Movement (GEM)
Clare Gender Equality Movement is a society within the college that provides a forum for discussion on gender related issues, as well as hosting speakers and organising other events. Last year, we were fortunate enough to have some really compelling speakers such as Alice Aedy who is a 24 year-old documentary photographer and film-maker who has worked in refugee camps and countries such as Iran and Somaliland. Other events included poster making for the reclaim the night march which fights back against sexual violence and promotes gender equality. The women’s formal was also a highlight of Easter term, and this year GEM is hoping to raise funds towards the commissioning of a female portrait within college. Look out for the term-card!
Also, please give the Facebook page a like to keep updated: https://www.facebook.com/gemclarecollege/
- The University has an initiative called “Breaking the Silence” which puts focus on preventing sexual misconduct and harassment. On www.breakingthesilence.cam.ac.uk/ the University outlines the steps taken to face the problem, and here you can also find resources to report sexual misconduct or harassment. There is guidance on what action (including no action) you might wish to take going forward. You can also report anonymously.
- Cambridge rape crisis centre (https://rapecrisis.org.uk/) who provide information, how to take action and a freephone contact number.
- Lime Tree Clinic – https://www.icash.nhs.uk/where-to-go/lime-tree-clinic-cambridge – for sexual health testing and information
- Our own mental and health and disabilities officer, Molly Ingham (mi335).