‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival

Homeless women are particularly vulnerable to gendered violence. from shutterstock.com Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them...

Madonna or whore; frigid or a slut: why women are still bearing the brunt of sexual slurs

Sarah Hanson-Young on David Leyonhjelm: “He is — for lack of a better word … slut-shaming me”. AAP/Lukas Coch Senator David Leyonhjelm’s sexist slur on Senator Sarah Hanson-Young during parliamentary debate raises many issues about how women’s credibility can be undermined by implications that they are sexually more active than is deemed “acceptable”. This is a long-standing tactic, based on sexist assumptions that...

How forced pregnancies and abortions deny women control over their own bodies

Contraception is sometimes controlled in   abusive relationships. from www.shutterstock.com For most women in Australia, the decision about whether or not to have a baby is a profoundly personal one. But for some, control over this decision is taken away from them, usually by an abusive male partner. This can happen via the use of verbal pressure, threats, blackmail, physical...

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a busy Melbourne park - how can we make these spaces safer for women? DAVID CROSLING/AAP Image The rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an inner-city Melbourne park – while deeply shocking – is part of an avalanche of gendered violence perpetrated against women in cities every day. Nothing can protect women from the random...

Her Sound, Her Story shows that women’s voices are louder than ever in Australian music

Thelma Plum is one of many musicians featured in a new documentary that both celebrates the worth of women and discusses problems in the music industry. Michelle Grace Hunder Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion about the unequal nature of the Australian music industry. Amidst a plethora of opinion pieces, reports and initiatives, it has...

Small Business Loan Basics For Australian SMEs in 2018

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From keeping your cash flowing to expanding your business, there are various reasons why you might need extra finances to run your business. But you already know that getting a loan for your small business is not easy. So what do you do? The secret to making a successful small business loan application is preparation. Before you begin to fill...

‘Empowerment’ feminism is not working – we need a far more radical approach to gender equality

An International Women’s Day protest march in Sydney International Women’s Day has come and gone, leaving the annual short burst attention to “women’s issues” in its wake. So now is a good time to look at what emerged from it, and whether gender equity has stalled. Simone de Beauvoir famously said that women are the second sex, made and not...

FCAC Women of the World Melbourne – closing concert

Footscray Community Arts Centre Women of the World Festival Melbourne Former leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown will headline Women of the World Festival Melbourne (WOW) at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017. WOW Melbourne is a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performances. It offers an extraordinary program of events that...

FCAC – Women of the World Festival Melbourne

Former leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown will headline Women of the World Festival Melbourne (WOW) at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017  WOW Melbourne is a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performances. It offers an extraordinary program of events that celebrate women’s achievements and explores the challenges that...