Pro Choice Campaign Working Group

12 May

Hey all 

so last week Geoff Shaw, MP for State Parliament, came out with a bill introducing 6 changes to the Abortion Law Reform Act. 

He thinks the act as it stands is one of the worst laws in the world in regards to abortion.
We are starting our campaign to make a stand for women’s Autonomy.

Come along on Wednesday at 5pm in the Wom*n’s Room  to have your say on the direction of the campaign.
At the moment we are looking at a letter writing campaign/ getting an open letter published.
Wednesday will be about looking at the research we need, any further ideas we have and perhaps drafting the letter.

Here is a snapshot of Geoff Shaw’s bill
Geoff Shaw, the MP who holds the balance of power in the Victorian parliament, will put forward a bill that would radically alter the state’s abortion laws by banning partial-birth and gender selection abortions.
Shaw said he also wanted doctors to provide pain relief to foetuses during abortion procedures and for babies to be resuscitated if they survived abortion attempts.
The independent MP has already voiced his objection to guidelines that require doctors to refer a woman to another medical professional if the first doctor objects to abortion. Shaw says the system is too onerous on anti-abortion doctors.
This bill goes much further, and could result in the largest changes to Victoria’s abortion laws since 2008, when the practice was decriminalised.

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Networking Night Three

29 Apr


I am currently planning the third night of the Women’s Mentoring Networking Night! Please come along and put it in your diaries so you don’t forget!

Date: Monday 12th May
Time: 6pm-8pm 

It’s a bit later this time but that’s okay because there will be an abundance of food to eat to keep you full and drinks to keep your throat lubricated!
Place: Graham Cornish A+ B on the Second Floor of Union house, next to the elevators.
Speaker : Our Next speaker is the Wonderful Yvonne Meng, a well accomplished architect and teaching Associate.

Yvonne studied her Bachelor of Architecture Design at RMIT then went on to do her Masters in Architecture and received her full professional registration last year. During her time at RMIT Yvonne went on exchange to Germany’s Technicshe Universitaet Berlin. Currently, Yvonne works at the City of Melbourne as an architect and at Monash University as a Teaching Associate in history and theory, communications and first year design.

Since 2012 Yvonne has also been the creative director of an event PROCESS, a once a month public lecture series about architecture, design and urbanism. She is also currently a regular guest critic on design studio panels at RMIT and Monash Previously Yvonne Co-chaired VYAG (Victorian Young Architects and Graduates, Victorian branch of a network for young architects that runs part of the Australian Institute of Architects) from 2012- 2013, was on the Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Council last year (through VYAG) and curated an exhibition for the work of young and emerging architects in Victoria at the Fracture Gallery at Fed Square to give exposure to the younger generation of architects and designers .

Yvonne has amazing professional and academic experience that I encourage everyone to come along and meet her and gain from her wisdom and experience.

It will be a great night to network with women from all fields. Feel free to bring your female/ women friends along.

Hope to see you then!

Wom*n’s Department Fair

28 Apr


The Wom*n’s Department Needs Your Help!!

We are looking for donations of clothes, baked goods, nail polish and Bris-a-brac to be sold at our Fair on Wednesday 7th of May. If you have anything at all to donate please come and drop them off at the Wom*n’s Office in through the Student Representatives Door!
We will accept just about anything!
We will be reselling this good and foods to fundraise for NOWSA (the annual Women’s conference this year being held in Perth) which is a great opportunity for women to get involved, learn skills and network with women across Australia!
Note: Please only bring in Baked goods on the day ie Wednesday 7th of May

Please also let us know if you are able to donate/ are thinking you can find something to give us to sell by emailing

Then make sure you come along and bring your friends along to the fair! Along with selling things we will be teaching people how to knit and painting nails (for a small fee).

Fair Details

When: Wednesday 7th of May
Time: 12-3pm
Where: North Court TBC.
( If not in North Courth we WILL Definitely be on the SECOND FLOOR of Union house)
What: Yummy food, fancy nails, new skills to learn and lots of goods to buy!

Networking Night

14 Apr

Hi All,

Unfortunately Jeanette has been called away.We hope she can join us at a later date. Instead we have Ann Kilpatrick and Anna Morrison coming and speaking to us.

Anna Morrison studied a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne uni and can relate and talk uniquely on our own experiences . In 2012 she was the Education Academic Officer at University of Melbourne Student Union. Anna now works as adviser in the communications team for Daniel Andrews (Victorian Leader on the Opposition) .

Ann studied at La Trobe University entering via an alternative pathway, studied a Bachelor of Arts; majoring in Maths (yes maths in an arts bachelor) and History. She went on to do her Diploma of Education and a Master of Mathematics and Maths Education here at the University of Melbourne. Ann went on to work in teaching for a few years and then moved to the Australian Stock Exchange before going back to teaching. Ann will talk about her mentors as well as her careers. Ann has also been involved with publishing companies and has made some contributions as editor, writer and presenter of books.

Food will be ready at 5.10 to be eaten so make sure you arrive promptly.Ann will speak at about 5.30 and then Anna will speak after.

I hope to see you tomorrow night!

Networking Night Two

14 Apr

When: 15 April at 17:10–19:10 Where: Joe Nap A and B, Second Floor of Union House
Hey All our Second Women’s Mentoring Networking night is coming up next week.

We still need to confirm a few things but so far we have Jeanette Hoorn the coordinator of the Gender Studies major, contact for Sexing the Canvas: 10 Works in the NGV and a well researched woman to tie nicely into Rad Sex and Consent week events as well. Professor Hoorn is an art historian and curator who was educated at The University of New South Wales where she graduated with honours in Australian History in 1978.
Professor Hoorn has published eight books and many articles in the fields of Eighteenth and Nineteenth British and French Academic painting; Gender and Orientalism; Darwinian theory in film and painting; Australian Pastoralisms; Australian Indigenous art; Gendering of Modernism in Australian art; Portraiture; Europe’s Civilising Mission in film.

Anna Morrison
-Former Education Academic Officer at UMSU


We are hopefully be having two speakers~! Will be confirmed soon.
This will be a DRY event (ie no alcohol) but there will be non-alcoholic drinks. There will be food. Afterwards I encourage everyone to go to Tsubu for Drinks for the Rad Sex and Consent week event. 🙂 Stay up to date;


14 Apr

Hey All 
If you are attending NOWSA and are a student at the University of Melbourne please let us know so we can subsidise you!! Woo money!!

NOWSA hosts an annual conference for female identifying students to talk about the issues facing women today and share skills to do something about it.

NOWSA 2014:

Hosted by the ECU Women’s Community from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

Supported by: The ECU Student Guild
For more Info:

Please Register for NOWSA;

Notes: Send us (University of Melbourne Student Union)
Your registration costs. You may still have to pay part of the accommodation cost but the 100 dollars of rego we will pay for!

Secondly; make sure you choose their accommodation unless you are finding your own. We at UMSU and with umsu will be using the provided accommodation.

The register with us!

If you don’t register with us as well we won’t be able to give you the full amount of monies.

At the end of the registration form you will have to send us an email at with a screenshot of your receipt.

Becuase it’s rad sex and consent week we will close registrations with us at the end of the break.
If you have any questions or aren’t sure about something please email me at

Women in Higher Education-Discussion Group

21 Mar

This Monday 1-2.30pm in the Wom*n’s Room

How far have women really come in higher education? Women make up a greater portion of university students than men, and that gap continues to grow, but can expect $5000 less than their male counterparts upon graduating. The discussion group will be lead by Georgia Kennelly, Women’s Officer at the National Union of Students, and Bec Thompson, Queer Officer at the National Union of Students.

This is an autonomous women’s event as part of Education Week.
For more Education Week events:

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