Published: 17 May 2017

Voting open: Rename the Guild’s meeting room

Liverpool Guild of Students

Liverpool Guild of Students are retitling the Aung San Suu Kyi and want you to vote for your favourite room name.

To vote, visit the Guild’s homepage and follow the link. You will then be able to rank the suggestions in order of your preference, with one being your most preferred candidate. The name that gets the most votes will be selected as the winner. Voting is open until Friday, 19 May.

Here’s the list of names you can choose from:

April Ashley

Born in Liverpool in 1935 as George Jamieson, April Ashley is one of the earliest British people known to have gender reassignment surgery. April campaigned throughout the 1990s and early 2000s to have her true gender recognised, lobbying politicians until the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004. In 2012 April was awarded an MBE for her services to transgender equality.

George Brancker (Theo)

Born in 1937 in Barbados, George Brancker, known as Theo, came to the University of Liverpool to study Law. During his time as an undergraduate Brancker was elected Guild President, the first black person to achieve such an honour at a British University. Graduating in Law, Brancker rose to become a highly respected Clerk of Parliament in Barbados.

Abdul Sattar Edhi

Known in Pakistan as the ‘Angel of Mercy’ and ‘Pakistan’s Father Teresa’ Abdul Sattar Edhi was an award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian. Edhi founded the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network – the Edhi Foundation. The Foundation has now expanded to running outpatient hospitals, a child adoption centre and rescue boats.

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim is an Arabic Sudanese writer, women’s activist and socialist leader. For over 60 years Fatima has placed herself at the forefront of women’s rights and social change in Sudan, becoming the first female parliamentarian. Fatima has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of women, social justices and freedom of speech.

Kitty Wilkinson              

An Irish migrant, Kitty Wilkinson became known as the ‘Saint of the Slums’. During the cholera epidemic she owned the only boiler in the neighbourhood and opened her home so those with infected clothes or lines could use it, a simple act of kindness that saved many lives. Wilkinson’s initial efforts became the first public washhouse in Liverpool. Ten years later her work resulted in the opening of a combined washhouse and public baths, the first in the United Kingdom.

The Guild chose these nominations from suggestions that had been submitted via their website. Individuals made the shortlist if they had led real change and made a meaningful impact on the world around them, whether it was at the University, within the city, or further afield.

The Guild are particularly keen to rename the room after someone who is from an underrepresented group, or who has fought adversity, for human rights and equality.

If you have trouble voting, please email the Guild via this email address.

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3 thoughts on “Voting open: Rename the Guild’s meeting room

  1. Camp girl

    I would like to suggest Anne Williams for her perseverance and tenacity in the face of an institutional denial of the truth around the Hillsbrough disaster. She was proud to support the victims and families of Merseyside and beyond and educated herself in the law and medical facts to help bring about the truth of events on 15th of April 1989. YNWA

    1. Francesca (Administrator) Post author

      Thanks for getting in contact and for your suggestion. Unfortunately, the nominations phase is now closed. However, if you’d still like to get involved, you can choose someone from the list above to vote for instead. Voting closes today. If you’d like to keep an eye out for future campaigns similar to this one, you can find out more on the Guild’s website:

  2. Mohamed Elansari

    Many thanks to Liverpool university for this initiative & highlights great contributions of those national figures.

    Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim is Sudanese well respected political leader and human rights activist. She is one of those make extraordinary effort to highlight a women need legal protection from violence. She is the cofounder in 1952 of the Sudanese Women’s Union (later renamed the General Union of Sudanese Women) & through this respected organisation worked hard to prove women continue struggle to achieve equality in the workplace and a leading women had to fight really hard for the right to vote. It is not absolutely right for us simply to mourn Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim as a figures of women right since her legacy was beyond this which to establish a democratic state & system that not only for her beloved country Sudan but going far more than her region & continent & this lead to make her life mission more complex. Mohamed Elansari

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