On the 18th of June, representatives from NSG’s Diversity Group, Charities, and Women’s Collective attended an Equality Conference at Sydney Boys’ High School along with their peers from a range of other Sydney schools.
Following Sydney Boys’ students into their massive campus, we didn’t know what to expect from the Equality Conference - it all felt so strange, so formal, and as I walked into the palace-like grounds, I couldn’t help but feel a little intimidated. In the end, all my doubts subsided as I was left in awe after every presentation. From their vice principal Dr Wilson’s presentation on the education inequality in rural suburbs, to Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi’s presentation on racism and misogyny in politics, we were brimming with awareness and inspiration to action injustices. Further, we were left shocked after a tear-wrenching talk with a Holocaust survivor who shared his personal experiences and thoughts on how small acts of kindness can have everlasting impacts. In addition, Sydney Boys also had small breakout group sessions so that every representative from a multitude of schools could share their experiences as executives of membership groups.
When I walked out of the school, and started the commute home, gone were my feelings of intimidation, of fear, of doubt. I was more than ready to take the world into my own hands, and fight for equality - true, honest, simple equality.