Commerce for Women Week

27 Jun

Commerce for Women Week (working name)
A New UMSU Wom*n’s Department Initiative!
When: Week 4 of Semester
Dates: 18th August- 22nd August
We are looking for people to recommend or run workshops!
Expressions of Interest to s.kilpatrick@union.unimelb.edu.au

The Commerce for Women Week (working name) will run in week 4 of semester 2, 18th -22nd August. It will involve a number of workshops run throughout the week at various times on various topics. It will include everything from how to manage Centrelink, how to do your taxes, understanding super to economic theory, management theories, marketing and personal branding. There is also possibly going to be speakers on topics such as why having paid maternity leave tied to your wages is a problem.

We are looking for people to run workshops during the week. You can either pick up one of our ideas listed below or suggest your own! We will be happy to work around your timetable (when you receive it) to ensure you are able to run your workshop with ease! If you also have a friend/ tutor/ lecturer/ program/ company who you think would be good to be included in this program let us know!

Some workshops we are looking for people to run;
~ How to do your taxes by yourself
~ How to navigate Centrelink
~ Budgeting how to manage your money!
~ Understanding the Stock Market
~ Intro to Marketing
~ How to draft a Business Proposal
~How to Balance your cheque book and other basic accounting skills
~Resume Writing
~ Time and Task Management
and more! Get in touch to see what else is on our list or suggest what you would like to see on it!

Expressions of Interest to s.kilpatrick@union.unimelb.edu.au

Welcome Back Party for Wom*n

27 Jun

Welcome Back Party for Wom*n

Date: Week 1 Wednesday 30th July
Time: 4pm Onwards!!
Place: Wom*n’s Room, First floor union house
Event: Fun, Food and Free Clothes!

After all our fundraising we have a lot of left over goods, shoes, nail polish and clothes! So we thought we would have a afternoon of fun to welcome people back to semester!

It will be held in the wom*n’s room on the first floor of Union house and all women will be welcome to come and have some food, play with the nail polish and try on some clothes. There will be music, great company and fun. Feel free to bring any female identifying friends along! We will also be free to talk to anyone who has questions about our events for the semester.
The clothes will be welcome to anyone who would like them as will the shoes and bric a brac we have also collected. Any leftover will be clothes will be donated to charity.

Women’s Mentoring Network night for Semester Two

24 Jun

Hey all,

So we have organised the first Women’s Mentoring Network night for Semester Two!

Time: 5-7pm
Location: Training Rooms 1 +2, Third Floor of Union House, University of Melbourne
Date: 6th of August

The night will start at about 5pm and the talk will start at about 5.20 so for anyone who has a class till 5.15 can still make it! After the talk there will be time for networking with everyone! And as always there will be food!

Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Fran Martin. Dr Martin has studied at Melbourne University as well as a university in China and one in Taiwan. She has previously worked at La Trobe University and has published numerous books which gives her a broad range of experiences. For a longer bio read on;

Fran is a subject coordinator for gender studies subjects, and her research focuses on television, film, literature and cultural production in contemporary transnational China. She studies both her BA with Honours at Melbourne and her PhD. Dr Martin is fluent in Mandarin and spent two years studying at Beijing Second Foreign Languages Iinstituteand East China Normal University as well as two years in Taiwan.

Fran has also worked at La Trobe University and has published numerous books including Angelwings; Contemporary Queer Fiction in Taiwan, AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities.

See you there!

The other nights for Women’s Mentoring Network will be the following;
~Thursday  28th August   Graham Cornish A+B Second Floor of Union House
~ Monday 15th September    Graham Cornish A+B Second Floor of Union House
~ Tuesday 14th October     Graham Cornish A+B Second Floor of Union House

Email List

16 May

Hey all,

The UMSU Wom*n’s Department has created an email list! Please sign up if you are interested in receiving updates on events coming up, campaigns, fundraisers and PRIZES and Give aways!
This will hopefully reduce the amount of events we invite you during the week. So please sign up so you keep updated on what is happening!! It’s really quick and only about 4 questions long!

Sign up here!

Pro Choice Campaign Working Group

12 May

Hey all 

so last week Geoff Shaw, MP for State Parliament, came out with a bill introducing 6 changes to the Abortion Law Reform Act. 

He thinks the act as it stands is one of the worst laws in the world in regards to abortion.
We are starting our campaign to make a stand for women’s Autonomy.

Come along on Wednesday at 5pm in the Wom*n’s Room  to have your say on the direction of the campaign.
At the moment we are looking at a letter writing campaign/ getting an open letter published.
Wednesday will be about looking at the research we need, any further ideas we have and perhaps drafting the letter.

Here is a snapshot of Geoff Shaw’s bill
Geoff Shaw, the MP who holds the balance of power in the Victorian parliament, will put forward a bill that would radically alter the state’s abortion laws by banning partial-birth and gender selection abortions.
Shaw said he also wanted doctors to provide pain relief to foetuses during abortion procedures and for babies to be resuscitated if they survived abortion attempts.
The independent MP has already voiced his objection to guidelines that require doctors to refer a woman to another medical professional if the first doctor objects to abortion. Shaw says the system is too onerous on anti-abortion doctors.
This bill goes much further, and could result in the largest changes to Victoria’s abortion laws since 2008, when the practice was decriminalised.

To read more;
http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/geoff-shaws-abortion-shock-for-parties/story-fni0fit3-1226909437909

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-09/ford-hands-off-our-hard-fought-abortion-rights/5440994

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/08/geoff-shaw-proposes-radical-changes-victoria-abortion-laws

 

To stay up to date join the facebook page then the event!;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/umsu.womyns/

https://www.facebook.com/events/244626922407149/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

 

 

 

Networking Night Three

29 Apr

 6-8pm

I am currently planning the third night of the Women’s Mentoring Networking Night! Please come along and put it in your diaries so you don’t forget!

Date: Monday 12th May
Time: 6pm-8pm 

It’s a bit later this time but that’s okay because there will be an abundance of food to eat to keep you full and drinks to keep your throat lubricated!
Place: Graham Cornish A+ B on the Second Floor of Union house, next to the elevators.
Speaker : Our Next speaker is the Wonderful Yvonne Meng, a well accomplished architect and teaching Associate.

Yvonne studied her Bachelor of Architecture Design at RMIT then went on to do her Masters in Architecture and received her full professional registration last year. During her time at RMIT Yvonne went on exchange to Germany’s Technicshe Universitaet Berlin. Currently, Yvonne works at the City of Melbourne as an architect and at Monash University as a Teaching Associate in history and theory, communications and first year design.

Since 2012 Yvonne has also been the creative director of an event PROCESS, a once a month public lecture series about architecture, design and urbanism. She is also currently a regular guest critic on design studio panels at RMIT and Monash Previously Yvonne Co-chaired VYAG (Victorian Young Architects and Graduates, Victorian branch of a network for young architects that runs part of the Australian Institute of Architects) from 2012- 2013, was on the Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Council last year (through VYAG) and curated an exhibition for the work of young and emerging architects in Victoria at the Fracture Gallery at Fed Square to give exposure to the younger generation of architects and designers .

Yvonne has amazing professional and academic experience that I encourage everyone to come along and meet her and gain from her wisdom and experience.

It will be a great night to network with women from all fields. Feel free to bring your female/ women friends along.

Hope to see you then!

Wom*n’s Department Fair

28 Apr

WOM*N’S DEPARTMENT FAIR WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY

The Wom*n’s Department Needs Your Help!!

We are looking for donations of clothes, baked goods, nail polish and Bris-a-brac to be sold at our Fair on Wednesday 7th of May. If you have anything at all to donate please come and drop them off at the Wom*n’s Office in through the Student Representatives Door!
We will accept just about anything!
We will be reselling this good and foods to fundraise for NOWSA (the annual Women’s conference this year being held in Perth) which is a great opportunity for women to get involved, learn skills and network with women across Australia!
Note: Please only bring in Baked goods on the day ie Wednesday 7th of May

Please also let us know if you are able to donate/ are thinking you can find something to give us to sell by emailing Womyns@union.unimelb.edu.au

Then make sure you come along and bring your friends along to the fair! Along with selling things we will be teaching people how to knit and painting nails (for a small fee).

Fair Details

When: Wednesday 7th of May
Time: 12-3pm
Where: North Court TBC.
( If not in North Courth we WILL Definitely be on the SECOND FLOOR of Union house)
What: Yummy food, fancy nails, new skills to learn and lots of goods to buy!

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