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Priantha Pretheshan

Gender Equality Officer

You may know that just over 100 years ago, women in the UK didn’t have the right to vote, and it was only 50 years ago that they gained the right to equal pay. But, did you know that on average only 25% of all STEM graduates in the UK are women, in 2018 only 14.4% of all the people working in STEM were female or that the gender pay gap isn't expected to close until 2069? Unfortunately, these are only a handful of the shocking statistics on gender inequality today, and a lot of progress still needs to be made – progress that I am passionate about and committed to!

My main aims in this role would be to ensure no one feels like their gender limits their future options through events and speakers, to address and tackle gender-based stigmas and stereotypes, to facilitate open discussions and action on men’s mental health and emotions and to work with both companies and charities to tackle gender inequality in our wider community and the workforce.

Dedicated, confident and ambitious, I will work hard to fulfil this role to the best of my ability and enact change. I’d also like to think that I am approachable, and I am always open to ideas and feedback, and so I am ready to represent the student body and make a positive difference.
Gender inequality only stifles innovation and progress so vote for me and let’s work together to remove gender barriers!