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Wanna be in a feminist flashmob?!

10 Sep

Hey everyone! Here’s an invite from Reproductive Choice Australia to all students at Melbourne Uni to get involved with a flashmob! We’ll be practicing the moves at uni and you can also practice at home to the video they’ve made. Here’s the details:

LET’S END THE STIGMA!

Reproductive Choice Australia is throwing a Flashmob, and we want YOU to come. Dance in Melbourne’s CBD in support of women and against abortion shame, silence and stigma! The Flashmob will take place on:

  • Sunday September 30, 2012
  • 10:15am arrival, for an 11:00am sharp start

REGISTER NOW to be part of the fun. Dancing is uplifting and fun – the perfect antidote to shame. The Flashmob is a dance everyone can learn – check out our fun instructional video here

The Melbourne Flashmob is open to EVERYONE! Men are warmly invited to attend and every effort will be made to ensure disability-access. Rehearsal parties will be after work at the University of Melbourne on 18 and 24 September, for those who want to attend (more info on the times and rooms to be posted soon). We’ll supply the Flashmob t-shirts, which you are free to keep!

I WANT TO STAND UP FOR WOMEN. REGISTER ME FOR THE “LET’S END THE STIGMA” FLASHMOB!

x Belle

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Bluestockings Week

28 Jun

Hello everyone, and hope you’re enjoying your uni break! The website has been on a bit of a hiatus as we’ve all slogged through exams & essays, then got the flu, then kinda gone into holiday mode a bit, but also still working away in the background organising our NOWSA collective. Only a week until we go away to Canberra… can’t wait!

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about a big Semester 2 event that is in the works. We’d love any interested people to get involved – you don’t need any special experience or knowledge, just some enthusiasm and keenness to meet new people! Run in conjunction with the National Union of Students, it’s called Bluestocking Week:

Bluestocking is a campaign which celebrates women in higher education. The ‘week’ will run from the 6th-17th of August. This year’s Bluestocking Week will focus on the original bluestocking themes of celebrating women’s intellectualism; advancing feminism through education; and rebelling against social constructs that prescribe roles for women’ including those of class, race, sexuality and culture, that restrict women’s freedom of expression and thought – and we will add a modern (or postmodern) twist. Bluestocking Week is coordinated by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Women’s Action Committee (which has representatives from each State) and the National Union of Students Women’s Department. Events are being organised at national, divisional and university level. The project will be launched by Jane Garrett MP and Jeannie Rea, President of the NTEU at La Trobe University, Eagle Bar (event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/196702417124126/)

In terms of what’s happening at Melbourne Uni, that’s where you come in! We’d love you to be part of the organising collective. Please drop us a line at womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au if you’d like to be a part of making the week happen, and getting your thoughts and ideas about women & higher education out there.

Happy uni break everyone!

– bel

Cherchez La Femme: wanna join our posse?

14 May

Hi All,

If you haven’t heard of Cherchez La Femme, it’s a monthly salon/meet up to share information, hold discussions, and more: Melbourne’s monthly digest of current affairs and popular culture from a feminist perspective.

And the next event is happening soon! A group from the department is going so if you’d like to come along, drop us a line at womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au.

From organiser Karen Pickering (who kindly presented at Rad Sex & Consent Week):

I am thrilled to announce the next Cherchez la Femme will be presented in conjunction with Superlinguo – a community for those who like and use language. It’s run by Georgia Webster and Lauren Gawne, two linguaphiles from Melbourne who needed an online clubhouse for their… regular language geek-outs.

So this month, we’ll take a look at how language is gendered, both literally and sneakily, and how we can ask probing questions of this thing we do, every day, and what our verbal communication has to do with our feminism.

To guide us through the discussion I’ll be welcoming some excellent thinkers and speakers to the CLF stage:

Georgia Webster – broadcaster, communicator, linguist, feminist

Lauren Gawne – PhD student, teacher, linguist, feminist

Julien Leyre – polyglot, translator, artist, activist, feminist

The usual excellent food and drink will be available from our charming hosts at The Gasometer Hotel, on the corner of Smith St and Alexandra Pde. Here’s what you need to know:

7pm – 9pm Tuesday 5 June
$10 / $5 (or whatever you’ve got)
The Bandroom at The Gasometer
484 Smith St, Collingwood

Hope to see you there
Warmest
Karen

Spotlight: Anita Heiss – Am I Black Enough for You?

11 Apr

Dr. Anita Heiss

At The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Wednesday 18 April 2012

One of the leading Aboriginal Australians involved in the highly controversial Racial Discrimination case that dominated news agendas throughout 2011, writer and activist Anita Heiss charts her experiences as a modern woman in a country obsessed with identity politics. Anita shares her story of growing up with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father – and explains the development of her activist consciousness – via her provocative new book, Am I Black Enough for You? In conversation with Martin Flanagan.

This is a free event; bookings are recommended. Make a booking here.

Event: Melb. Free University for Int’l Women’s Day

28 Feb

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The Melbourne Free University is excited to announce a special event for International Women’s Day. On Wednesday 7 March, we will invite a panel of women from different cultural and professional backgrounds to discuss what they see as one big challenge facing women, and one big solution. The session will run from 6.30-8.30pm at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick, and full details will be announced very soon.

Event: Storming Against Violence

1 Feb

The Victorian Women’s Trust is putting on an event called ‘Storming Against Violence’ on Feb 13-17th. From their website:

‘Domestic violence is one of the most complex, least visible and fastest growing areas of crime…We’re not going to solve it by locking people up….It needs urgent attention and a fresh approach.’ – Victorian Chief Police KEN LAY

Be the Hero! presents ‘Storming Against Violence’ – encouraging community dialogue & engagement around violence. Be the Hero! is proud to invite you to two key events, featuring Dr Jackson Katz (leading US violence prevention advocate).

Take a look – and save the date – this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Read more about ‘Storming Against Violence’ – and our speakers – here [PDF].

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