Gemma Welsh is an intersectional feminist activist and student. She works for and speaks about pragmatic action to understand, call for, and realise our human rights (particularly of women and young people).
Gemma is an Ambassador for the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations, a Trustee for The Schools Consent Project (a lawyer-run initiative that sends lawyers into schools to give workshops on consent), and does freelance work for organisations. She recently Project Managed NAWO Young Women’s Alliance's Advance youth, feminist empowerment initiative, and was also Events Executive at the Headquarters of the official Remain campaign in the European Referendum.
Gemma regularly speaks, usually about empowerment and surviving and resisting as a young woman (and a sexual assault survivor) in a patriarchal world, including previously at the United Nations with NAWO. Recent speeches in the UK Parliament have focussed on structural and cultural changes needed to end violence against young women; as well as how people in positions of power can catalyse a culture of trust in young people, supporting them to lead by giving them real responsibility.
As a young person who has ran, volunteered and been a beneficiary of projects in Honduras, Tanzania and the UK, on youth and feminist related initiatives, she hopes to challenge (sometimes well-intended) attitudes that act as barriers to the world and structures of power benefitting from young people’s voices, skills and experience.
Gemma is currently studying Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh.
Gemma will be chairing the following FiLiA session:
Teaching Equality (Sunday lunchtime)