(Mariyam) Malika Azeez, BA Social Anthropology and Study of Religions
You might have seen us wearing huge boob suits, glittering people up at the JCR or selling yummy bakes—We are the Uni Boob Team! Ours is a new society on campus, aiming to raise awareness about breast cancer among young people.
Trust your touch.
As a society, our aim is to educate, empower and embolden young people. We aim to educate the importance of regularly checking your boobs; to ‘Trust your touch’ and to empower and embolden young people to take control of their bodies. We believe that it is really important to be proactive about your health, your body and the changes it experiences. After all, you are in charge of your body and you should know your body best!
The Uni Boob Teams works in association with a charity called Coppafeel! which was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at the age of 23. She founded this charity to increase awareness as “education about this subject often overlooks young people”. Awareness and education of breast cancer lead to early detection and treatment which she believes is the first step in improving survival rates of breast cancer in young people. Coppafeel! collaborates with brands and social media influencers to spread boob knowledge and love, conducts talks and campaigns to encourage and normalize regular checkups, and also provides resources that teach you the signs and symptoms you can look out for from the comfort of your own home.
As the Uni Boob Team, we want to teach people that it is fun and important to check your boobs and pecs every month. If you’re worried that you may forget, you can sign up for a free monthly reminder by texting ‘UBT SOAS’ to 70500.
We have a ton of exciting events planned for the year, so be on the lookout for some delicious bakes, our glitter takeovers, dodgeball and so much more. We always welcome new members to help us spread love, glitter and all things boob-related around campus, so if you want to get involved follow on us on Facebook (SOAS Uni Boob Team), Instagram (@ubtsoas), or send an email to Dilly, our President, on [email protected].
Photo Credit: Ciara McDonald Heffernan