Hi! I'm Sharessa (she/her) and I'm in my second year of uni studying Maths and Philosophy.
I want to tell you a little about my family.
My parents have three daughters including myself. We were all born and raised in South Africa but our ancestors long ago came to the great continent on boats from India as indentured labourers. My mother often jokes saying that she’s done her bit for gender and racial inclusivity, just by birthing three women of colour.
I agree with my mom but there’s more to gender inclusivity.
Women today, although as free as they ever have been, are raised in systems that devalue them at every level.
I am passionate about women and their needs because society at large is not.
It’s absurd to think that having the faculty to birth children, something that no person is in control of possessing, gives people who don’t have the faculty control over women's bodies, ambitions, and life paths.
My goal in life is to liberate as many women as possible through collective brave action inspired by innovative ideas.
And there is no better place to start than a university. Education is key to overturning the system that endures because we do not question it.
If elected as Women Liberation Officer, I will communicate 3 messages:
- Women issues are not minority issues.
- Sexism is experienced by women but is ultimately a probelm for men that men need to play a huge role solving.
- Sexism is not about single actions against single people, it works in the background.
Some of my innovative ideas:
- Contact female alumni and record 1 min videos of them answering the question “what they wish they knew in their 20s’.
- Every month we have a theme and celebrate a noteworthy women’s movement in history.
- Establish a way to ‘measure’ how gender inclusive our university is and identify problem areas that need resolve.
- Hold engagement and educational sessions for male students about sexism and women’s realities.
Currently I am a BlackED ambassador, a proud member of the Black Feminist Space (BFS) and am the MathSoc Publicity Officer. These positions have prepared me to represent women students and have sparked a desire within me to see necessary reform. Our university needs to push for concrete action that leads to concrete results for women. I have co-hosted and organised many panel discussions as a part of BFS, I am the creator of an online BFS cartoon that visually symbolises women’s daily issues and am working to address period poverty this International Lobbying Day 2021 along with other phenomenal women.
Vote for Sharessa, vote for innovative women action!