Guilded Cage Broken

May 3, 2021

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first_imgThe Oxford Guild, a student society which describes itself as “Oxford and the UK’s largest and oldest student careers society,” has suffered a number of resignations from senior committee members objecting to the “current framework and culture within the Oxford Guild.”Over half of the Oxford Guild’s senior committee co-signed a letter of resignation submitted at 12.01am this morning. Out of the present executive committee of nine, only the President, Chairman and two of the four Vice Presidents remain.In the letter of resignation shared with Cherwell, the co-signatories state, “We are against the continued counterproductive involvement of certain individuals that are no longer at the University and yet insist on being omnipotent within the Guild.“We would like to express our gratitude to those students that we have worked with, either alongside or under, and in particular, to the current President, who has done his utmost to try to keep us together as a cohesive society.“However, after countless efforts, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that it is not possible to align the culture of the Oxford Guild with our idea of working within a society that is focused on adding value to students, run in a meritocratic and transparent manner, with a clear framework to underpin it.”In addition to the resignations from the executive committee, 11 further committee members, including the Guild Ball President, have also signed the letter announcing their resignation with immediate effect.The co-signatories also announce their launching of a new student organistion, saying, “We have decided to build the Oxford Student Foundation, which will exemplify our beliefs, values and ideas; and will focus on areas that the Oxford Guild does not effectively cover.”Speaking to Cherwell about the project, the co-signatories said, “The Oxford Student Foundation is a unique platform that offers a network of initiatives – providing students with hands-on experience and valuable opportunity. The Foundation and its revolutionary approach, allows students to discover the work that truly inspires them.OSF will link together a number of existing societies such as the Oxford Microfinance Initiative and the Oxford Strategy Group, and will found Initiatives in areas such as law, entrepreneurship, asset management and banking, that do not currently exist. The unique framework of OSF leaves scope for further expansion into other areas through the founding of new Initiatives. Further details will be revealed when we launch at the start of Trinity 2016.”The Oxford Student Foundation’s website was launched last night.The Oxford Guild in its current form was launched by Abbas Kazmi, and Adam Chekroud in 2012. Kazmi has left the University but remains Chairman of the Guild and remains involved in the day-to-day running of the society’s affairs.The Guild is a careers society that organises careers opportunities, including speaker and networking events, and is sponsored by organisations including Goldman Sachs, KPMG and JP Morgan.The Society has also hosted a number of high-profile speakers. A year ago on Wednesday, the Guild hosted Kanye West as a speaker and is expected to be hosting UK Grime MC Stormzy on Monday.The Vice-President for speakers, Shakeel Hashim, was one of the cosignatories to the letter of resignation.This wave of resignations follows the resignation last term of then-President Alexi Andriopoulous.The Guild has now published a response.last_img read more


ICC extends partnership with UNICEF for Women’s World T20

September 20, 2020

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first_imgDubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that it has extended its partnership with UNICEF through to the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with the focus on empowering women and girls through cricket.During the Men’s 50-over World Cup held in England and Wales earlier this summer, UNICEF raised $180,000 as part of ‘One Day 4 Children’ and this money will go directly to fund a girls’ cricket project in Afghanistan, said ICC in a media release.The program which will run for 12 months, will comprise of a new competitive cricket competition for school aged girls as well as training for 120 teachers and providing cricket equipment to deliver cricket and a community outreach program working with elders to reinforce the positive impact girls playing cricket can have.The money raised during the Women’s World T20 will go to similar projects in cricket playing nations, including an innovative program to promote girls’ participation in cricket in Sri Lanka and build peace in communities.“We are delighted to extend our partnership with UNICEF to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. I want us to harness the extraordinary reach of our sport to empower women and girls around the world through cricket and using ICC events as a fundraising platform enables us to do that,” said ICC CEO Manu Sawhney.“Sport for development and in particular cricket can be a powerful tool to transform lives and the projects in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are designed to have a long-term positive impact with teachers being trained to deliver cricket to girls for years to come.”UNICEF Australia Chair Ann Sherry AO said: “Cricket has tremendous power to make a difference in the lives of children, especially girls, by building leadership skills, empowering them to achieve their goals and building bridges within communities — so that we can ultimately build a better world together.”“We are excited to partner with the ICC on the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and enormously proud that Australia is hosting this important event for women.”The ICC and UNICEF partnership commenced in 2015, as part of the ICC’s global community outreach program ‘Cricket 4 Good’. The partnership and public donations continue to bring positive change to children through the programs in cricket playing nations focused on empowering women and girls in cricket.The Women’s World T20 will take place across Australia from February 21-March 8, culminating in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 8 — International Women’s Day.10 teams will contest a total of 23 matches in six host cities, starting with a blockbuster match-up between hosts Australia and India at Sydney Showground Stadium on February 21, 2020. IANSAlso Read: Bob Willis was one of cricket’s biggest heroes of his time: ICCAlso Watch: Watch | Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal addresses Media on Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019last_img read more