Liberation campaigns concentrate on the rights of people who face oppression and discrimination and are often underrepresented and disadvantaged within education and the wider society. Liberation is central to SOAS Students’ Union, which aims to support students and promote equality and diversity within the Union, SOAS, and society as a whole.
Those who do not self-identify with the particular group that a campaign represents can support these campaigns and show solidarity, taking their lead from those who do self-identify with a particular campaign.
SOAS liberation campaigns are committed to intersectionality, which refers to the overlap between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination. It captures the reality that we do not live single-issue lives but assume multiple identities when it comes to our gender, race, sexuality, ability, and other social, cultural and biological categories that can be the basis for both privilege and oppression at the same time. Intersectional liberation involves collaboration between liberation campaigns and a focus on overlapping oppressions, in the belief that there is no hierarchy to oppression. “I simply do not believe that one aspect of myself can possibly profit from the oppression of my other part of my identity” – Audre Lorde.
SOAS liberation campaigns: