On Friday, 29 November 2013 the Gender Issues Committee (GIC) held a meeting entitled ‘Gender Issues – What do they mean to you?’ open to all students in the KSU common room. Chairwoman Professor Camilleri Podesta initiated the meeting by running through what the GIC have accomplished till now. Some projects they completed were mentioned mainly the recent sample survey done which reflected that generally women occupy less work positions in University when compared to men.
The meeting was also set-up to see whether students themselves would be interested in setting up their own Gender Issues Committee which could aid in organising campaigns and projects in promoting gender equality. GIC itself has been working on establishing a room on campus where women can go feed their children and maybe change their nappies, as it was a facility surprisingly lacking on campus before-hand. The committee also wants to set-up a room which could act as a sexual-health clinic which would be open to all students and staff, and which would be run by volunteering doctors and nurses a couple of times a week. KSU’s culture and entertainment co-ordinator, Luke Azzopardi, volunteered that they use the room opposite the lockers in the student-house for this purpose. This establishment of this room for these particular uses has yet to be confirmed officially by KSU.
The meeting was also intended to invite students to get involved in gender issues, and in the GIC itself, and to contribute their ideas to the executive board. MMSA have recently been collaborating with the GIC, with NEO/ NORE-In executive board member Tara Giacchino present at the meeting itself. Students present started propounding potential plans for the board to act on. These involved integrating more female writers and academics within UoM’s own academic programmes and the GIC working more closely with student organisations to make sure all students of any gender are properly represented within their faculties.
The meeting was adjourned with a further closing emphasis on the importance of student innovation and participation regarding gender issues.