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School of Public Policy Womxn's Network

Promoting and facilitating gender equality in public policy

Established in 2018, the School of Public Policy’s (SPP) Womxn’s Network is a student-run organisation focused on the advancement and empowerment of students within the SPP and broader LSE community who are marginalised by the intersectionalities of gender and/or sexuality.

The Network aims to further encourage the inclusion of marginalised voices within policymaking through various events and forums designed to promote learning and open discussion. Therefore, the Network’s primary goal remains understanding reasons for such policy gaps, promoting further representation within policymaking, and creating a safe space for such discussions to occur.

The Network strives to create an environment in which all students feel welcomed to join the conversation around improving policymaking for communities who are marginalised by the intersectionalities of gender and/or sexuality. The Network functions through three main pillars: Advocacy, Events, and Professional Development.

Through these pillars the Network encourages students and alumni to collaborate in discussing ways in which intersectional and inclusive policy can be further implemented and barriers within policy careers can be eradicated. Through events and engagement with practitioners, academics, and advocates, the Network amplifies innovators in gender-based policymaking and exposes students to the importance of this underrepresented area of public policy, as well as potential career opportunities.


Our three pillars

Advocacy

Drives the network’s advocacy agenda by pressing for change on gender issues within the School of Public Policy, LSE community, and beyond. The objective of the Advocacy Committee is to challenge and change the political, economic, and social systems, institutions, and practices that create inequitable conditions for womxn and other marginalised populations.

Previous initiatives include:

●      2020-2021 Curriculum Inclusivity Report

●      2019 Gender Balance Report

Please reach out to Maya Daver-Massion (M.H.Daver-Massion@lse.ac.uk) for more information.


Events

Organises and hosts events led by policy professionals, academics, practitioners, and students. The objective of the Events Committee is to enable learning, discussion, and action to address the challenges facing womxn personally and professionally both within the School of Public Policy and in the broader intersection between gender and policy.

Previous initiatives include:

●      Hosting speaker discussions with Q&As

●      Hosting career panels and personal development events and trainings

●      Providing tickets and access to global (virtual) conferences

●      Organizing a monthly book club for members

Please reach out to Sally Jordan (S.Jordan7@lse.ac.uk) for more information.


Professional Development

Provides opportunities for students from the School of Public Policy to build connections with and learn from SPP alumni, policy practitioners, academics, speakers, and fellow students. The objective of the Professional Development pillar is to advance gender balanced leadership both within the SPP as well as in professional settings by providing resources like mentoring and professional and interpersonal skills workshops. Our aim is to help womxn find solutions to barriers they may face professionally and ultimately support them in achieving their career goals.

Previous initiatives include:

●      Annual mentorship program with SPP alumni and students

Please reach out to Ifra Shah (I.R.Shah@lse.ac.uk) for more information.

Terms of Reference 

Terms of Reference

1.     Purpose

1.1.  To give space for the voices, concerns, and experiences of womxn at the School of Public Policy and beyond.

1.2.  To ensure the previous, current, and future experiences of all womxn are integrated into policy design and practice in the School of Public Policy and beyond.

1.3.  To ensure that policy debate and legislation within the School of Public Policy are not gender neutral and instead take a necessary intersectional and gendered perspective.

 

2.     Membership

2.1.  The Womxn’s Network holds open membership for students in the School of Public Policy and encourages all individuals to join and play an active role in the organisation.

2.2.  It is expected that all members of The Womxn’s Network support the principles of inclusion, diversity, democracy, women’s rights, human rights, equality, and social and economic justice for all.

 

3.     Function

3.1.  To act as an independent forum for LSE students and staff to raise gender- and/or sexuality-specific matters for consideration.

3.2.  To share information that represents womxn’s intersectional perspectives on political, social, economic, and cultural matters.

3.3.  To influence School of Public Policy staff in building a more inclusive environment and curriculum that represents all womxn and their experiences.

3.4.  To serve as a liaison between School of Public Policy staff and students on gender- and/or sexuality-specific initiatives, including complaints and situations of bias as they occur.

3.5.  Committees

3.5.1.     Advocacy: Drives the network’s advocacy agenda by pressing for change on gender issues within the School of Public Policy, LSE community, and beyond. The objective of the Advocacy Committee is to challenge and change the political, economic, and social systems, institutions, and practices that create inequitable conditions for womxn and other marginalised populations.

3.5.2.     Professional Development: Provides opportunities for students from the School of Public Policy (SPP) to build connections with and learn from SPP alumni, policy practitioners, academics, speakers, and fellow students. The objective of the Professional Development pillar is to advance gender balanced leadership both within the SPP as well as in professional settings by providing resources like mentoring and professional and interpersonal skills workshops. Our aim is to help womxn find solutions to barriers they may face professionally and ultimately support them in achieving their career goals.

3.5.3.     Events: Organises and hosts events led by policy professionals, academics, practitioners, and students. The objective of the Events Committee is to enable learning, discussion, and action to address the challenges facing womxn personally and professionally both within the School of Public Policy and in the broader intersection between gender, sexuality, and policy.

4.   Organisational Structure

4.1 Commits to being non-hierarchical in structure and function, encouraging the free expression of thought and ideas. 

WxN Org Chart

Meet our committee

Jane Urhei,

Chair: Jane Urheim

Pronouns: She/Her

Jane is a second year Master of Public Administration candidate at LSE. She is interested in how communities mitigate and adapt to climate change and how governments can address climate change in a just and equitable manner, given the world’s most vulnerable populations - including womxn - are those most subject to climate impacts. She is also interested in how civil society, non-governmental organizations, and local communities can drive policy innovation in the public sector.

During her first year at LSE, Jane was involved in the Womxn’s Network Advocacy committee, where she conducted research and worked on a team to create the 2020-2021 Curriculum Inclusivity Report. This report analyzed School of Public Policy (SPP) course reading lists to assess the extent to which the diversity of the SPP student cohort is reflected in curricula and learning outcomes for SPP students.

Through the Womxn’s Network, Jane hopes to advocate for greater inclusivity and representation both in the policymaking process and within academia, as well as create space and opportunities for student learning. She strongly believes that by elevating marginalised voices, we, as students, can become better policymakers. Jane is dedicated to ensuring that all SPP students feel welcome and supported by the Womxn’s Network.

Prior to the MPA, Jane worked in healthcare consulting, where she provided research and communications support to biotechnology companies. She is a member of Impact100 Philadelphia, a network of women that collectively funds high-impact grants to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area. Jane holds a B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

Please reach out to Jane with any ideas, questions, or concerns!


Maya Daver-Massion

Head of Advocacy: Maya Daver-Massion

Pronouns: She/Her

Maya is a second year MPA candidate at the London School of Economics. Maya’s key interests are Tech and Gender policy, which stem from her undergraduate degree in Political Science and four years of work experience in management consulting and marketing/communications.

During her first year as an MPA candidate, Maya supported the Womxn’s Network Advocacy team with  the Inclusive Curriculum Project. This included analyzing SPP reading lists as a baselining exercise to ultimately create more representative course materials and instruction. In addition to supporting the Womxn’s Network, Maya was an Academic Representative for the Student-Staff Liaison Committee and SPP Representative for the Consultative Forum, advocating for student needs within the SPP and across LSE. Maya is passionate about enhancing student experiences at LSE, particularly in ensuring students feel that they are in an inclusive space and are actively represented. 

Coming from Indian-German descent and having grown up across South and East Asia, Maya has always understood the importance of having inclusive environments for the communities around her. Maya completed her undergraduate education at an all-women’s college (Barnard College, Columbia University) and has experienced firsthand the benefits of advocacy across diverse communities on university campuses. As Head of Advocacy, Maya looks forward to working with both internal and external communities to continue challenging and changing the political, economic, and social systems, institutions and practices that create inequitable conditions for womxn and other marginalised populations.

Please feel free to reach out to Maya with any questions, queries or concerns (or anything else, really!). 


Sally Jordan

Head of Events: Sally Jordan

Pronouns: She/Her

Sally Jordan is a second year Master of Public Administration candidate at the London School of Economics. Prior to the MPA, Sally attended the University of Mississippi where she received degrees in both Public Policy and Intelligence and Security Studies.

Sally is passionate about social justice issues and understands that grassroot campaigns can positively impact areas and minorities that typically fall through the cracks of bureaucracy. She is of the opinion that, when implemented correctly, social justice policies have the ability to provide comfort, healing, and hope to the most at-risk populations - including womxn. Reared in a small town, Sally is also interested in rural access to healthcare and enhancing education systems in remote areas.

During her first year at LSE, Sally loved attending Womxn’s Network events and seeing the impact speakers had on the students and staff of the School of Public Policy. Sally’s main goal as the 2021/22 Head of Events is to host speakers from numerous backgrounds and communities because she believes that many of the problems womxn face transcend geographical and political boundaries. Through these events, Sally hopes to foster an educational space for members of the Womxn’s Network to learn from each other and contribute to the important dialogue surrounding marginalized communities and how we can better serve them through policy initiatives.

If you have any comments, concerns, or ideas about Womxn’s Network events, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sally


Ifra-S

Head of Professional Development: Ifra Shah

Pronouns: She/Her

Ifra is a second year Masters of Public Administration candidate at the London School of Economics. Ifra’s interests lie in mediation, designing peace processes and conflict resolution. She believes that women can play a pivotal role in mediation and wants to work for the implementation of Resolution 1325. She is extremely passionate about narrowing the gender divide in education, especially in the Global South.

During her first year as an MPA candidate, Ifra actively participated in Womxn’s Network events and has been closely following the impact created by the team.

Coming from Kashmir, her quest to understand the dynamics of management in public affairs grew because of the growing turmoil in the valley. It is there she started understanding the state’s obligation to bring order to the society and the need to utilize the law-and-order channels for the greater good of its people. She questioned the manner of exercise of these responsibilities and realized that it is the poor implementation that turns a good policy into a bad one. The need to uphold fairness, equity and justice resonated with her inner beliefs as her state was struggling with the same.

Having the experience of working for a Human Rights organisation for two years, has strengthened in her the desire to understand the broader variables that could change the lives of people.

She has also worked as an academician/mentor for training of young students for leadership or bureaucracy positions. Ifra firmly believes in the ideals of inclusivity, equal opportunities for all and understands how marginalisation and inequalities across groups can have detrimental effects on social cohesion and society as a whole.

As the Head of Professional Development, she would like to support the SPP in strengthening the networking and career opportunities amongst the students. She is eager and passionate about making the SPP an inclusive space for everyone and making sure everyone has a great time at LSE.

Please reach out to Ifra with any ideas, questions, or concerns


Anupama Shroff

Head of Communications & Engagement: Anupama Shroff

Pronouns: She/Her

Anupama is a second year Master of Public Administration candidate at the LSE. Hailing from India with an undergraduate degree in Economics, she hopes to specialise in Economic Policy. She is passionate about building public sector accountability and transparency in order to deliver inclusive policies.

Anupama is also passionate about community development and believes in the power of grassroot change to bridge economic and social disparity. This stems from her previous work with public schools and disadvantaged communities in India, where she focused on improving girl's access to quality and higher education, and skill development among the youth. Recently, she also worked on a study on how attitudes towards gender within families impact girl's lives among the poorer communities in the world.

As a first year MPA candidate, Anupama was a part of the Network's 'Women for Climate Action' research group in collaboration with the Women's Forum. This year as the Head of Communications & Engagement, Anupama aims to partner with inclusive organisations, connect with and share the inspiring work done by womxn across various fields and highlight the intersectionality of gender with other social identities. She will also be overseeing the Network's online presence and hence looks forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on the same.

Please feel free to reach out to Anupama!

Partnerships

The Womxn’s Network welcomes the opportunity to work with partners on new projects, including advocacy, events, or professional development initiatives, as well as opportunities outside of these pillars (e.g., research, consultancy work).

To get in touch about partnering with the Womxn’s Network, please reach out to spp.womxns.network@lse.ac.uk.

Current partners include:

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Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact us via email: spp.womxns.network@lse.ac.uk