Discussion around safe spaces is becoming more prevalent as more and more people, particularly women, come out sharing how behavior that had been forgiven in the past is no longer okay.
This past weekend female students at LUMS in Lahore began to call out their fellow male students because of a sexist Facebook group
That group has now been reportedly shut down. It was a group of 600+ men sharing memes, images and ‘misogynistic’ content as well as having extremely sexist discussions.
Yesterday a number of students staged a sit-in in front of the Office of Student Affairs at the University, to force the administration to make the university a safe space for everyone
Following the discovery of the Facebook group there was a lot of discussion around safety for female students and other sexual minorities who have to share the same residential facilities with the members of the Facebook group. This sit-in was an attempt to ensure that everyone felt safe on Campus.
unprecedented. we won't let it go until LUMS is a safer space for its women. 💙✊🏼 pic.twitter.com/kD2nXRqQqo
— zainab🌙 (@zainabmsheikh) April 8, 2019
In their first official statement regarding the issue, the LUMS Office of Student Affairs shared their response to the issue
“LUMS is an institution that cherishes diversity among its student body. We provide an environment where students are encouraged to freely exchange ideas and debate and discuss issues of importance to them, among themselves and with various stakeholders. In this spirit, a group of students along with members of FemSoc (Feminist Society at LUMS) approached the Dean, Office of Student Affairs, regarding a social media page where some students belonging to LUMS were sharing offensive, sexist memes. The students and the Dean had a detailed conversation and agreed that this is an unfortunate episode. However, it can actually help open doors to further the conversation on mutual respect and sensitize the community at large on gender issues. LUMS is proud of its thoughtful students and encourages collective action on such issues. We hope that this event will help further the culture of respect on our campus.”
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