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FemX Talks series for the Bristol University Intersectional Feminist Society

The women of Bristol have a lot to say.

In the academic year 2016/17, I was the Project Co-ordinator for a series of talks for the Bristol University Intersectional Feminist Society. Based on the format of TED and TEDx talks, we created a platform for some of Bristol's most influential women to discuss the things that matter to them, with subjects ranging from tenure to Tinder.
Unlike previous talks arranged by the Society, FemX Talks are filmed in collaboration with UBTV, the University of Bristol's in-house television station. Once published on the FemX YouTube channel, talks are then easily and accessibly shareable within the student community and beyond.

'This is a space for me to engage with you'

Our fourth speaker, Chanté Joseph, said it best. We created a dynamic, open and digitally-integrated space for our speakers to reach all those who wanted to listen. Not satisfied with just providing video content, as we approached the end of the academic year we started livetweeting our talks to ignite even more discussion and debate in real time.

Who did we hear from in 2016/17?

Gill Nowland MBE was, at the time of our talk, CEO of One25, Bristol's leading charity supporting street sex-workers. Gill spoke about how the charity operates, what they've achieved, and what their goals are going forward.
Professor Josie McLellan is a social and cultural historian in the Department of History at the University of Bristol. Though Bristol was the first university in the country to admit women on an equal basis to men, Josie asked an important question: how far have we come since? From students to senior fellows, Josie explored the roles of Bristol's women throughout the academic hierarchy.
Nasra Ayub is a young trustee and outreach worker at Integrate UK, a youth charity founded in Bristol with the aim of empowering young people in fighting against female genital mutilation and other issues pertinent to young people of colour. Nasra talked to us about what Integrate is doing, why it's important, and their plans for future expansion.
Chanté Joseph is the President of the University of Bristol's African and Caribbean Association. She's also the Student Council Chair at Bristol SU, founder of Bristol is the New Black, BAME officer for Bristol Young Labour and a contributor to award-winning magazine gal-dem.com. She started an open and candid discussion about what it's like to be a black woman at Bristol, and how race impacts her love life, class status and mental health.

You're probably wondering what's next for FemX.

While I'm graduating and will no longer be co-ordinating this project, I'm leaving it in the very capable hands of the new iFemSoc committee. I look forward to seeing how they develop the project in its second academic year after its immensely popular and successful debut in 2016/17 - there's still so much to talk about.

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  • TED talks
  • lecture
  • digital content
  • digital influencers
  • Social media content
  • Social Media Influencers

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