‘Challenge it so you can make a change in society’ Caroline Criado-Perez advises students

Department of Social Sciences students heard how to tackle issues in society for gender equality from Caroline Criado-Perez, feminist campaigner in her keynote talk for the opening of the annual third year student conference, ‘The Challenge of a Global World’.

Posted: 17 May 2016

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Caroline Criado-Perez opening thee annual third year student conference.
Caroline Criado-Perez demonstrated how treating women the same way as men does not work in society. She discussed widespread examples internationally that included testing pharmaceuticals in the medical field, the gaming industry, and in seeking asylum in global policies. Students heard about her theory of the ‘male default’ and how it’s important to consider both genders when first thinking of high-profile roles within industry. She discussed the significant contributions made by women in society globally throughout history, and advocated that there is not enough representation in positions of power of women in the population today.

She advised students that there are many ways in which they can engage in society to tackle issues. Students were also encouraged to hear the other side of the debate. Her advice for taking steps to achieve gender equality was to question it first and then follow up by taking action.

She said: “It doesn’t have to be like this. You can challenge what you want to change in the world by isolating an issue and petitioning for that. If the issue is complex, you join groups to lobby or you can start by changing yourself, for example in how we reference football. Call it ‘men’s football’ and treat others that way you would like to be treated. For inspiration in tackling these types of issues, I look at the amazing things that women have achieved throughout history. It’s so important to understand that we all can make the difference.”

Caroline Criado-Perez is a previous recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award in 2013 and has campaigned for women to gain better representation in the British media and public life.

The Department of Social Sciences offers outstanding courses that provide students with the critical thinking skills needed to be a global citizen and effect social change. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in social justice, the legal system, in the government and non-government agencies.

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