The video also features the story of Radika Rajkumar, a domestic violence survivor living in Canada, who graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree.
I’m one of the many immigrants who moved to Canada with the hope of a better life. However, after being subjected to domestic violence, my life changed from home and family to courthouse and custody. Watching many women often struggling to understand the complexity of the legal system, while simultaneously having to cope with the aftermath of their separation or physical abuse, I developed a strong interest in the field of family law.
Now that she has earned her law degree, Radika hopes to advocate for women suffering from domestic violence.
She added: ‘To me personally, attaining this law degree is not just a prefix to my name, but also the opportunity to extend my legal knowledge to help women like me, who have been subjected to domestic violence. My aspiration is to help educate such women of their fundamental legal rights, and I propose to achieve this by meeting them personally at community shelters established for abused women, the very shelters where I regained my strength and rebuilt my life.’
Unsurprisingly, the video was well received at the 2018 London Graduation Ceremony, with many graduands saying the stories of their peers were inspirational beyond measure. In total, 8 graduands share their story in the video: Chido Mauwa (Canada), Jana Kazan (Lebanon), Laureen Pasquier (Malaysia), Sonia Kamaal (UAE), Gifty Affenyi-Dadzie (Ghana), Carolyn Jane Colbert (Greece), Sagar Banjade (Nepal) and Radika Rajkumar (Canada).
The University of London’s Leading Women campaign continues throughout 2018. Future programming includes a worldwide conversation on women’s higher education and equality in the workplace. Find out more information about forthcoming University of London events.