Somerville-Oriel Equalities Festival

by Amy Lineham


Yesterday marked the start of Somerville-Oriel Equalities festival, a week promoting freedom from discrimination of any kind through a series of events including talks, workshops and film screenings.

There are a vast number of reasons such events should be run, however they could all be said to boil down to the same fact – we live in an unequal society. If, as I do, you believe this needs to change, it is clear that action needs to be taken. Change does not arrive of its own accord, all we can expect from ignoring a problem is stasis and if this stasis is at an unsatisfactory point then passivity is unsatisfactory. If equality is to be achieved, or even moved towards, the issues such a word encompasses must be engaged with, discussed, and positively acted upon.

Obviously one week of events cannot suddenly turn the world into a fair and just place, but this is a terrible argument for not running it – as with so many things, if everyone thinks they alone will make no difference and so does nothing, nothing will happen. We have very little to lose by trying to make a difference, much more from sticking our heads in the sand and waiting for everything to turn out alright in the mean time. 

Unfortunately this is necessarily brief thanks to a lurking coursework deadline, however I hope readers agree with the importance of actively confronting inequality and feel inspired to attend some of the events in store this week. A timetable can be found on the Equalities Week Facebook page, along with information about each event – active engagement is the first step to positive change, don’t let apathy allow inequality to thrive.


The Poor Print

The Oriel College Newspaper. Run by students, with contributions from the JCR, MCR, and SCR & Staff. Current Executive Editors: Tom Davy, Joanna Engle and Chris Hill

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