Interview with our new Programme Manager, Gwen.
Please tell us a bit about you and your previous experience:
I’ve always been interested in education and the impact education has on others. My first job was in a secondary school library where I was able to engage with brilliant young people who were passionate about LGBTQI+ and justice issues, it was invigorating! After that, I taught English in Vietnam for a couple of years where I had lots of fun exploring a beautiful country teaching some incredible people. I then came back home to study for an MA in Environment, Development, and Policy when I realised that I loved education but wanted to work in social and environmental justice.
Why are you passionate about the work that Glitch does?
I’ve always wanted to be a part of something that has real, tangible impact and that is exactly what Glitch does. I love their intersectional approach, understanding that not all women have the same experiences and that it is important to acknowledge this and work with it to reach real justice. I’m also a big gamer, and I’ve seen so many women with intersectional identities face online abuse, often to the extent that they stop posting online and their physical and mental wellbeing is damaged. Seeing how women with any sort of public platform (be that political or social) face disproportionate online abuse makes me want to fight for change and make sure everyone is empowered to use their voices online.
During your short time at Glitch, what have most enjoyed/what are you most excited about?
Too many things! I’ve absolutely loved getting to know our wonderful team, I think this is the most fun I’ve ever had with a job and I’m so lucky to work with a group of such incredible, thoughtful, driven women. I’m excited about how quickly Glitch is growing and what that means in the coming months!
Can you share any insights into what may be in store for Glitch in 2021, especially around our workshops?
We’re currently planning some workshops for later in the year which I am very excited about. We’ve got a few workshops coming up soon. (Equal power training on 1st Feb and 8th March) and a Digital Self Defence and Self Care workshop on the 9th of Feb which is also Safer Internet Day! Book your place here!
Can you share a fun fact about you (such as your favourite animal or some hobbies that you enjoy?)
I have a mix of hobbies, but my favourite is Pole Dancing and I cannot wait to get back to it once it is safe to do so.