Eda Cazimoglu, Labour Students International Officer
The last few years have been bleak for Britain and for the world. From a referendum that has divided our country, as well as alienated us from our closest allies in Europe to the election of Donald Trump and the ongoing suffering of the Yemeni people.
This is why one of my aims as Labour Students’ International Officer is to shed light on some pressing issues that today’s media fail to report on. If we are truly left wing and dedicated to progressive change across the world, we must be prepared to not only show solidarity but to act on the injustices going on around the world.
This starts with educating ourselves and becoming more globally conscious. As International Officer, I plan on running workshops where we can learn and better understand the impact of the refugee crisis, rising racism across the world and climate change, particularly by tapping into the knowledge of existing specialist organisations and charities.
I am proud that Labour Students are leading the way in fighting for a People’s Vote. We have seen how divided the government is. No wing of the Tory Party has the ability to deliver a Brexit that will bring people together – no matter who the PM is. They cannot be trusted to deliver a Brexit that protects workers’ and migrants’ rights.
But also, democracy is a process not an event. It does not end after one vote and the Labour Party cannot afford to forget that.
Another aim as International Officer this year is to establish better links with Trade Unions in Europe and across the world. Free and democratic trade union rights are built on solidarity, with people working together for improvements in the workplace, in their communities and across the world. Trade union rights are human rights, and in many countries, they continue to be under attack. Employers and leaders across the world construct barriers to stop trade unions organising. This is simply unacceptable and as a movement we must engage with our brothers and sisters who are fighting for workers, wherever they may be. As International Officer, I will invite representatives to events, enabling them to engage with activists and fully understand how to offer support, show solidarity and establish strong links with trade unionists across the world.
And finally, the refugee crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time and a top priority for me. In fifty years’, time, we will look back and ask ourselves how we allowed such a situation to continue. Thousands of people have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean, desperately searching for better, safer lives. Labour Students have always led the way in fighting and standing up for inequality and injustices and that must continue. We need to be at the forefront of championing immigration and challenging the isolationist xenophobia gripping the world. As part of this, I plan to organise a trip to Calais for students, in support of Care 4 Calais.
I look forward to the year ahead and let me know if you have any ideas or thoughts on other campaigns that you would like us to run.
You can get in touch with Eda through Twitter (@EdaCaz) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org