The bald statistics on violence against women have once again been given a grim personal dimension in a week where yet another woman and her three kids have been killed, seemingly at the hands of her husband and their father.
As a society we should not just be horrified by these continuing acts of violence – about one woman a week in Australia is killed by her current or former partner – we should be demanding action.
And, it seems, finally we might be starting to do that.
A week ago in Sydney an initiative called Our Watch was launched that aims to end violence against women and their children.
Continue reading Ending violence against women is a job for all the nation
by Nicole Elphick, Sun Herald, 22 August
During her career, Anne Summers has built up a most eclectic résumé including stints as editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine, running the Hawke government’s Office of the Status of Women and taking the reins as deputy president of the Powerhouse Museum. Her most recent venture has seen her exploring the terrain of digital publishing with her free online magazine Anne Summers Reports launching in November 2012. (Cover stars have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cate Blanchett and Julia Gillard.)
The long-time women’s rights advocate has found a current resurgence of interest in feminist issues. “I feel at the moment it’s almost a bit like the ‘70s again,” Summers says. “What’s different this time though is not only are all the young women getting angry about things, but there’s still my generation and the ones in between. So you’ve got many more women than we had the first time around.”
Continue reading Anne Summers on feminism and living in Sydney
The thing about teams is that you cannot just join them. You have to be picked.
In sports, it’s the captain or the selectors or whichever bunch of former players has appointed themselves to the role. I can’t just rock up to the Australian cricket team and say I want to be on it. Even the women’s team. You have to be picked.
It’s the same with employment where people these days tend to be called “team members” rather than “employees” or, God forbid, “workers”. Again, it’s the “team leader” (aka “the boss”) who decides if you are on the team or not.
So the Prime Minister’s statement this week “that everyone has got to be on Team Australia” was a bit mystifying.
Continue reading Tony Abbott’s Team Australia entrenches inequality