UNICEF on Campus

Mehraj Sheikh, BA History   SOAS UNICEF on Campus is a student-initiated branch supporting UNICEF’s work, by hosting events to fundraise for the charity’s cause. We are proud to say that 100% of the money raised goes directly to UNICEF. This is the first year that the society is running at SOAS, and we have […]

#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming and the State of Justice

By:Céline Raynaud, BA Southeast Asian Studies The viral hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent began trending when media reports on the 6th of November 2018 highlighted a rape trial in Northern Ireland. In this trial, the defence lawyer passed the 17-year-old complainant’s underwear around the courtroom as evidence, claiming “the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and […]

The Erasure of Black History at SOAS

This is an open letter to all students at my university. To start off Black History Month,  I want to address the failures surrounding Black History in an institutional setting. SOAS has an excellent track record of omitting central points of its history, a history which has paved the way for the campaigns we advocate […]

The US Open Final Controversy: Serena Williams disciplined due to racist and sexist bias.

If you haven’t seen the news story, you must have seen the memes. The 2018 US Women’s Open final saw 20-year-old Naomi Osaka defeating Serena Williams. Umpire Carlos Ramos took a point from Williams and then responded to her protestations, giving her a game penalty late in the second set. This sparked controversy as people […]