Tag Archives: wom*n

New topics for Feminist Discussion Group!

6 Mar
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In each session we discuss different issues, looking at films, articles and other media, or just general life stuff. You don’t have to be an expert, or a woman to get involved – just enthusiastic! Feminism is not an isolated discipline, either, so expect to explore race, class and many other issues! Discussion group is organised by the awesome Dani: (check out her blog!).

In WAC this week we had some great new topic contributions:

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What’s happening in 2012

29 Feb

We have big ideas and a big year planned in 2012. All of our events will be free or subsidised for students at the University of Melbourne.

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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].

Sh*t white girls say… to black girls

7 Jan

Hilarious! Check out this article about the vid from creator Franchesca Ramsey.

50 Years of the Pill in Australia

21 Nov

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Gender based violence and culture

28 Oct

In feminist and gender studies spaces, the advancement of women’s rights internationally often seems to be pitted against cultural relativism. Those advocating for women are accused of cultural imperialism or neocolonialism, while those defending traditional cultures are accused of turning a blind eye to harmful patriarchal structures. Gender Across Borders has just launched a series it is hosting, along with Violence Is Not Our Culture, entitled Culture and Human Rights: Challenging Cultural Excuses for Gender-Based Violence. This series explores the tension between these two positions with clarity and nuance. The pieces are linked to below.

Please be aware that these articles contain discussions about physical and sexual violence.


Street Culture

What’s wrong with this picture? That depends on your perspective. The problem or lack of problem with this piece is not the work itself or the artist. The problem is with the viewer or with a particular viewer. The problem is when we participate in a culture that says there is something wrong with a scantily clad woman who smokes…


The space between culture and women’s rights

As a woman who grew up in Arab culture, studied and worked in societies governed by Arab values and customs, and later lived, studied and worked in Western culture, before returning to an Arab country, I’ve been left with two fundamental questions: what is Arab culture? And why are women oppressed in this culture?


Remembering Eudy

*MASSIVE trigger warning – extreme lesbophobic sexual/physical violence*

“It makes me want to go back into the closet,” Sandra tells me as we lie in bed together, the lights dimmed. “Why should I tell anyone…”


Conquering Culture and Creating Change: A Grassroots Level View from Morocco

For the past ten years, we have worked in Morocco for gender equality recognition both in law and in Moroccan society. During this time we have traveled throughout the Northern African state and we have heard countless stories of abuse. But there is one story that stayed with us…


No Excuse: Cultural Makeover Time

There is one in every workshop.
A male, usually, worryingly young, who crosses his arms, raises an eyebrow and speaks up. “What you call family violence, this is part of our culture. This is something we’ve always done.” Normally, after, there is a deafening silence as all eyes look to the front, awaiting an answer…

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