The motion stated that “All delegations to [NUS] National Conference must include at least 50% women, rounded down. Where a union is only entitled to send one delegate and this delegate is not a woman, the union’s free observer place must be taken by a woman.”In a straw poll taken after the discussion 17 voted in favour, 44 were against, and 11 abstained. The poll is non-binding, meaning that OUSU’s seven NUS delegates can vote according to their own will on this motion when it is brought before NUS’ April 2013 conference.OUSU currently sends seven delegates to NUS’ annual conference.Five delegates are elected in Michaelmas, and the OUSU President and President-elect are ex officio selected as the final two delegates. The motion would mandate that of Oxford’s five elected delegates, at least three would have to be female, in order to ensure that three of the seven total delegates are female.The 2013 OUSU delegation to NUS conference consists of three elected women, two elected men, President David Townsend and President-elect Tom Rutland.The motion was opposed by OUSU Vice President for Women Suzanne Holsomback, who described the motion as “insulting and patronising.” She told Cherwell that whilst the motion “address[es] symptoms of gender inequality and imbalance, it does not tackle the root of the problem.“The roots lie at the individual student union level and it needs to be addressed at that level. We need to examine what barriers block women running for high level position or seeing themselves in positions of power. Exploring this will create the interventions that will address the root problem. We all want the best delegates go to the NUS Conference and not just the women near by that can fill quotas.” Wadhamite Emily Cousens supported the motion, pointing to the results of Scandinavian countries with similar ‘top down’ approaches. She added that it is patronizing to women to say that good quality candidates would not emerge from a quota system. An opponent of the motion countered that OUSU should not seek seven good quality delegates, but the best seven available.OUSU President-elect Tom Rutland supported the motion, saying that female representation was vital when the NUS considered issues such as abortion rights. 40% of delegates at the last NUS conference were female. Jack Matthews, a student at University College, said that the number “not good enough, but it hardly constitutes a chronic failure.”A Somervillian stated that she was “not opposed to positive discrimination itself but to the restrictions this motion would place on a democratic vote”. She remarked that “it flies in the face of democracy to use quotas to restrict a popular vote”.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),My son has been harassed by his ex-girlfriend. He has a order of protection against him, but SHE CONSTANTLY TEXTS HIM, CALLS HIM! VISITS HIM, BUT GUESS WHO IS IN JAIL!! NOT HER!! ITS HIM. Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE – Numerous readers have recently expressed concern about the release of inmates from the Chautauqua County Jail due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. WNYNewsNow reached out to Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone Thursday morning to ask him about the situation. Quattrone confirmed that the court system released inmates as a precaution, but dispelled any concerns that the virus may have been brought into or out of the jail.“The courts have released people from the jail after a careful consideration of their records or charges,” Quattrone said. “By doing that, we are able to be better with having social distancing among the inmates.”The county’s top law enforcement officer says that his department has taken several precautions with the staff and inmates in the jail. Inmates are not allowed visitors at this time, and any vendor or inmate that is brought into the jail will be screened before they’re aloud in. Quattrone adds that there is one single point of entry for staff. Quattrone says that all county employees who remain working are required to self-screen every 12 hours before going to work, adding that his staff is doing additional screening when they arrive on campus.Stores nationwide are experiencing a high demand for toilet paper, as well as various food products. Quattrone said, other than a brief “scare” on toilet paper due to a back order, his staff hasn’t experienced a supply shortage.Quattrone says that he’s worked with various county entities to ensure that, should the jail see a shortage of toilet paper, his staff could receive a supply.WNYNewsNow also asked Quattrone what precautions have been taken for his road deputies as they respond to reported crimes and other emergencies. He says that “somewhat, business has been usual.”“Many of the things that we are stressing, such as social distancing, those are things we’ve stressed throughout their basic training, as far as having distance between us and individuals,” Quattrone said. “We are, as a result of the COVID-19 (pandemic), our dispatchers are asking specific questions when calls come in to do somewhat of a screen. But we’re having our officers just assume that those people could have the virus.”Quattrone says his officers have masks, goggles and gloves that they can put on themselves should they run into anyone who exhibit visible symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.Quattrone also says that the crisis is “not a time to be fearful. It’s a time to be respectful.”“When I say respectful, respectful of each other, but also respectful of the virus,” Quattrone said. “It’s not something to be feared, but it’s something to be respected….It’s a time to socialize, but do it at a safe distance.”