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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling SEMESTER TWO

2 Aug

Happy Semester Two!

Or as my favourite character in Legally Blonde (who is also a total pisstake of everything I love, look up the Straw Feminist on Tropes vs. Women video here) would say, Happy OVESTER!

Thankyou to everyone who attended NOWSA 2013 and made it happen. We hope you left feeling empowered with new friends and skills to smash the patriarchy.


1.    Regular weekly events

2.    Judy’s Punch Submissions & Mudfest Launch

3.    Women’s Mentoring Network

4.    Self Defence

5.    Rad Sex & Consent Week

6.    Women’s Health 101 with MUOSS

7.    NUS Unlock Your Vote Campaign

8.    NUS Talk About It Survey

9.    UoM Experience Matters Festival: Women at Work Event ON MONDAY

10. How to keep track of what’s going on

1. So our regular weekly events are happening!

Mondays 1pm in Wom*n’s Room: Wom*n’s Action Collective (WAC!)

A space to meet other activist and initiate and/or contribute to campaigns

Wednesdays 2pm at Lab 39 (café off North Court of Union House) Feminist Discussion Group.

Open to all genders, with a theme every week.

Thursdays 1pm in the Wom*n’s Room: Ladies Who Lunch With Ladies

Free lunch and chilled hang out times for queer and questioning grrls and wom*n students on campus


FACT: Feminist rants are a great way to procrastinate, feed the fire within and soothe the soul.

You can submit essays, stories, rants, poetry or articles to womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au

We are so excited to be relaunching Judy’s Punch as a blog at this year’s Mudfest with the UMSU Creative Arts Dept as a special edition of Wordplay!

It will be on Tuesday August 20 at 6pm in the Students Lounge on Ground Floor of Union House.

There will be some readings, some excitement and some launching of the pretty new website. And some bar tab.


Here’s a heads up for the calendar of our Women’s Mentoring Network months Networking Nights.

These nights are supplementary to the small groups that are the core of WMN and so women not participating in that side of the WMN are welcome to attend!

There will be guest speakers (TBC closer to date) and catering.

Monday August 12th  6.30pm– Ante Room & Formal Dining Room, Union House (accessible from North Court)

Tuesday 10th September  – 6.30pm– Grand Buffet Hall, Union House

Wednesday the 9th of October  – 6.30pm– Grand Buffet Hall, Union House


We are very excited to be subsidising self-defence classes this semester with Guardian Self Defence, starting Monday 19th August (week 4) from 4pm-6pm for four weeks, leaving the cost at $20 for a four-week program.

At Guardian Defence, 8-10 Peveril St Brunswick (off Sydney Rd, easily accessed from uni by tram.)

Register interest here because places are limited! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TM57GPU1Da_VEv2bY9W6eKJEvJTNf1XNmdAklS_7y08/viewform


A WHOLE WEEK OF WORKSHOPS to radically relearn sex ed with all the stuff they never told you in school (and would’ve been mighty helpful), with the Queer & Welfare Departments. More info to come.


Lunchtime sessions in the Wom*n’s Room for women international students with a doctor and free lunch to talk about women’s health, run with the Melbourne University Overseas Student Service (MUOSS).


Students, young people and women in particular have oft been forgotten by the major parties. So we are helping the National Union of Students run a campaign in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election to find out what matters to you. You can now register your top 5 issues at this election: http://myfutureourvoice.com.au


The Talk About It survey has been reopened to get a bigger data pool. PLEASE spread it to people you know at ANY university in the country. The findings of the previous survey (it is biannual) were used to lobby universities for better facilities to improve safety on campus, and contributed in part to the establishment of the UoM Safer Community Program It is so important that the only student-run survey about women’s safety on campus is a success and that women’s voices are heard so please do spread it through your networks, especially to women at small and regional universities (but really, any university at all).

Trigger warning: harassment, assault, sexual violence

9. UoM Experience Matters Festival: Women at Work Event

Careers & Employment at University of Melbourne are running a really exciting event ‘Women at Work’ on Monday August 5th. We’ll have a stall there so come say hi!

The event is an opportunity to network and engage with a range of employers who support diversity in the workplace. Hear from keynote speaker Meredith Fuller, psychologist and internationally renowned author of Working With Mean Girls: Identifying & Protecting yourself from Workplace Nastiness. Tickets are $10, the price will be donated to Fitted for Work (an amazing charity that assists women experiencing disadvantage gain financial independence and gainful employment).


10.How to keep track of what’s going on

So we have a lot of “To be Confirmeds” in this email…We try to keep you updated here, on our blog, but also via twitter @umsuwomyn and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/umsuwomyns & www.facebook.com/groups/umsu.womyns

And on our page of the union website union.unimelb.edu.au/womens

In love, rage & sisterhood,

Your Wom*n’s Officers,

Amy & Mercedes


#NDA2013 & Women’s Mentoring Network Launch tomorrow!

26 Mar

Tomorrow will be a big day for the Wom*n’s Department!Image

We had a great time painting a banner in WAC on Monday for tomorrow’s National Day of Action organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) against fee increases, course cuts and deregulation of the higher education sector. these are big issues that affect all students, but women and minorities particularly. With the pay gap having increased again this year, it will take women on average over a decade to pay off our HECS, (long than men.) Not to mention the fact that gender studies is often the first thing to go whenever cuts are made (segue: petition).

There will be a BBQ on South Lawn run by the Student Union Education Department at 12.30 with a GIANT GAME OF MONOPOLY and then, most importantly, a rally on the State Library at 3.30pm.

(here’s a Facebook event for campusstate, and national events)

THEN at 6.45 in the Grand Buffet Hall at Union House we will be having the much anticipated launch of our brand new Women’s Mentoring Network! Food and bubbles are on us, and we are excited to have trailblazing scientist Frances Separovic as our guest speaker. It’s the first on many monthly networking evenings that are part of the WMN, as well as fortnightly meetings between mentors and mentees.

Have a fabulously feminist day, we look forward to seeing you!


Women’s Mentoring Network!

29 Jan

Women's Mentoring Network!

The 2013 Wom*n’s Department is working on a union led mentoring program which would provide women students with opportunities to network within their chosen field, swapping necessary skills and knowledge.

In 2012 the Wom*n’s Department ran Bluestockings Week as part of a national campaign that celebrated women in academia. The week was a great opportunity to reflect on what women students had won, and what they are still fighting for. A key message that emerged from Bluestockings was the benefits of role models, from within general academia and specific fields of study, who can help fledgling students navigate the tricky landscape of study and employment.

The Women’s Mentoring Network will be a professional networking group, which will allow women to meet, talk and share experiences in a casual setting. The network will group (optimistically pair) undergraduate students with post graduate women in their field, it will also invite significant key note speakers for the group at large. The Network will provide support and training for the mentors, an opportunity for leadership that will make them more outstanding graduates in the work force. The WMN is in its early stages at the moment, but we hope to have our first meetings at the beginning of the semester. At the moment we are looking for expressions of interest from prospective mentorees and mentors. Register your interest here!

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