Tag Archives: Women’s rights

Strong Unions Need Women

28 Jul

(this content from the NUS website)

Strong Unions is a grassroots campaign designed to boost the levels of women’s representation in student organisations.

At Australian universities, women make up more than 50% of the enrolled population yet make up less than 50% of student organisation positions on average. This means that issues that affect a majority of people at university are not reflected fully on the organisations that represent them. Issues like safety, harassment, pay equity and sexual health are left lacking despite their pervasiveness.

 1 in 3 women will experience violence during their lifetime. 1 in 10 women will experience sexual violence whilst studying. Women earn 87 cents in the male dollar for work of comparable value. Women still only make up around 30% of seats in the federal parliament and far fewer places on ASX 200 boards and management teams.

In 2011, women still greatly lag behind their male counterparts. For this reason, it is important to boost levels of women’s representation on student organisations, reaffirm the relevance of women’s officers and collectives and resist attempts to create men’s officers and men’s spaces.

This campaign will see Women’s Collectives campaigning for better women’s representation by putting together short and sharp videos that outline the situation for women on their campus. These videos will be uploaded to the NUS website.

To download the petition, click here.

To download a fact sheet on women’s representation, click here.

To download a fact sheet on why women’s collectives are still relevant, click here.

To download the campaign kit, click here.

For more information on how to get involved, contact the NUS Women’s Officer by emailing womens@nus.asn.au or by heading along to Melbourne Uni’s Women’s Collective meeting. Alternatively, you can find us on Facebook here.

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WAC, when?

27 Jul

Wom*n’s Action Collective (WAC) (recurring event)

Womens Action Collective

Come along to brainstorm ideas for activities and events and get active! What awesome stuff will the wom*n’s department do this year? …It’s up to all you rad wom*n out there to get involved and decide!

The poll below is only an example at this stage, we will plug in the definite time slot choices soon.

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