Thursday 10-08-2017 - 09:09
As she enter's her second term, Hareem’s plans include researching staff-student misconduct, tackling violence against women and improving the experiences of Muslim women on campuses.
I’m Hareem, your NUS Women’s Officer for 2017-18, continuing on from last year, having been re-elected for a second term back in March.
I entered student politics by accident. After a summer in my hometown of Rawalpindi in Pakistan, I returned to university feeling compelled to make the most of my time as an undergraduate and knew I wanted to campaign on issues affecting women globally. I decided to run to be the Women’s Officer at KCLSU and to my surprise, won my election. That year, I campaigned for free sanitary products for students, organised against the Prevent duty at my university and interned with the KCL diversity and inclusion team to co-launch an anti-harassment campaign, It Stops Here. I later served as co-president of the intersectional feminist society, co-founded the Women of Colour Network and co-presented a radio show called ‘Two Muslamics’.
I had intended to run to be a sabbatical officer at my students’ union, but fate brought Susuana Amoah into my life, who urged me to run to be her successor as NUS Women’s Officer instead. So here I am two years on, planning for my final year at NUS.
In the coming year, I’ll be campaigning for reproductive justice including on the cost of the morning after pill, I’ll help conduct research into student-staff misconduct and work towards combatting violence against women. I’ll also be doing more around gendered Islamophobia including launching a project to improve the experiences of Muslim women on campuses, I’ll also be doing wider interfaith work, and I’m going to be working with other officers to campaign against detention centres across the UK.
Random facts about me:
Where did you go to university and what did you study?
After my second year, I paused my degree to take up my role as NUS Women’s Officer but I’m heading back this year to complete my history degree (pray for man!) at King’s College London, alongside being Women’s Officer.
Favourite pizza toppings
Got to be Pizza Hut’s ‘veggie sizzler’ – green chillies, jalapeños, mixed peppers, red onions.
I don’t have a favourite band, so I'll tell you my favourite song instead: I Hear the Bells by Mike Doughty
Ideal holiday destination
What do you like doing in your spare time?
In no specific order: sleep, watch trash TV and eat fried chicken
A couple of things you do to look after yourself
I don’t look after myself, I’m an FTO.
Got to be “Stretch before you reach” by my NEC 2nd Place, Sarah Lasoye
If you want to know more about the work of the campaign or get involved, email me at Hareem.Ghani@nus.org.uk and keep up to date with my work on Twitter.