By Barbara Ntumy, NUS Women's Campaign Committee
This Saturday over a hundred students will be gathering at Students' Union University of the Arts to discuss how we can advance and protect a women's right to choose on our campuses and in our society at the Abortion Rights Student Conference.
Next Monday (27th October) the Students of Queens University Belfast will be asked to vote on the proposition “Should Ireland be a united and independent country?”
The petition for such a campus poll garnered 700 signatures at the University’s Fresher’s Fair. Sean Fearon, chairperson of QUB Sinn Fein, said that it was signed by “almost two persons per minute”. This shows the enthusiasm and dynamism amongst many young people in the north of Ireland for a debate on their constitutional future. As demonstrated during the recent Scottish Referendum, such debates can galvanise younger people to get involved, including those previously detached from politics. By initiating this debate the students of Queens have also taken a step towards the making the case for an actual border poll for the people of Ireland, as outlined in the a Good Friday Agreement.
Last weekend’s Progressive Students Forum brought together a wide range of groups and people from across the student movement and discussed the serious ways in which the broad left in the student movement can deliver on our key priorities of fighting racism & bigotry, standing up for international peace and justice and for an alternative to austerity and cuts.
MPs, trade unionists, senior student leaders, campaigners, writers, filmmakers and actors have signed a united statement against the bombing of Iraq & Syria – outlining that such an attack will only strengthen terrorism.