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Spotlight: Owl Eyes – Free gig at uni

2 Apr

Spotlight is a new feature on umsuwomyns.com where we’ll post info on artists/events/organisations/whatever to help promote great work that wom*n are doing around Melbourne and elsewhere.

What better than to start with something happening right on our doorstep: young female artist Owl Eyes performing a free gig at uni tomorrow.

Owl Eyes

1pm-2pm, Tuesday 3 April
North Court, ground floor, Union House

Come along and show your support of women artists!

From the UMSU website: A striking duality reveals itself when listening to Owl Eyes, talented 20-year-old Brooke Addamo. Her songs, on the surface lush and beautiful, evoke images that could only exist in the imagination of such a fertile young mind. Yet, underneath these surreal daydreams, something very real is happening. Addamo’s tales are underpinned by the innermost thoughts of a young woman trying to figure it all out, desperately seeking out human connection.



Free rad pad workshop – Tues 20 March 1pm

14 Mar

a rad pad

Many people don’t know that there are alternative menstruation products that are better for your health and the environment and also end up saving you money!

a moon cup with its cute bag

To spread the word, on Tuesday March 20 (week 4) at 1pm the Wom*n’s and Environment Departments are running a free workshop to teach everyone how to make their very own rad-pads (cloth pads that can be washed and re-used)! The workshop will take place in the Wom*n’s room and materials, instruction, tools, and fun will be provided free of charge. There will even be a prize for one lucky participant!

Email womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au or environment@union.unimelb.edu.au so we can save you a place!




Rad Pads are an alternative to disposable pads which are made of cloth so that they can be washed and reused rather than used once then thrown out.


Menstrual cups are reusable alternatives to tampons which are made of silicone and shaped like a cup, collecting menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it.



  • One women uses over 11,000 disposable menstruation products in a lifetime
  • Well over 700 million tampons and 1 billion pads are disposed of every year in Australia and New Zealand, contributing a massive volume to the demand for landfill sites. Many components of these products are non-biodegradable.


  • Unlike disposable menstruation products, reusable products such as rad-pads and menstrual cups do not contain potentially harmful pesticides and chemical residues. Unlike tampons, neither are known to cause toxin shock syndrome.
  • Because menstrual cups are non-absorbent, they do not cause dryness or disrupt your body’s natural pH levels (35% of the fluid tampons absorb is natural moisture!)


  • Menstrual cups can be left in for up to 12 hours (compared to tampons which can be left in for 8 hours at the very maximum)
  • Because there is no string, menstrual cups are completely discreet and you only need one so there’s no need to carry bulky spares or worry about disposal of used products or packaging.


  • Most women spend a minimum of $8- to $20- per month on disposable pads, panty liners and tampons, totalling a possible minimum $80-$240 annually.
  • For the same cost a woman spends on average for a few months of disposable menstruation products, you can purchase enough rad pads to last for years and/or or a menstrual cup which will last for up to ten years.
  • Over the average time that a woman may have her period throughout her life, using reusable menstruation products instead of disposable can potentially save over $2,400 – $6,500.
To read more visit http://www.rad-pads.com

Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival

8 Nov

Amnesty International’s Victorian Women’s Rights team presents the first Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival on the 26-27th of November at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova. Amnesty’s Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival is part of the internationally celebrated ‘16 Days of Activism‘, a global call to action for an end to violence against women.

The event will showcase a number of highly acclaimed and important films exploring issues around gender-based violence and discrimination and celebrating female empowerment and the women who have stood up against significant political and social barriers.

Speakers include: Karen Toohey, Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Kathleen Maltzahn, author of Trafficked and founder of Project Respect and Ming Yu, Demand Dignity International Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International, with more to come.

Tickets: $17.50 adult/$14.50 conc./festival packages available
Starts: Saturday November 26 2011 1:00 PM 
Finishes: Sunday November 27 2011 8:00 PM
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC, 3053
Twitter: @SVAWFilmFest
Website: www.stopviolenceagainstwomenfilmfestival.wordpress.com
Contact: cctintern@amnesty.org.au Continue reading

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