Tomorrow will be a big day for the Wom*n’s Department!
We had a great time painting a banner in WAC on Monday for tomorrow’s National Day of Action organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) against fee increases, course cuts and deregulation of the higher education sector. these are big issues that affect all students, but women and minorities particularly. With the pay gap having increased again this year, it will take women on average over a decade to pay off our HECS, (long than men.) Not to mention the fact that gender studies is often the first thing to go whenever cuts are made (segue: petition).
There will be a BBQ on South Lawn run by the Student Union Education Department at 12.30 with a GIANT GAME OF MONOPOLY and then, most importantly, a rally on the State Library at 3.30pm.
(here’s a Facebook event for campus, state, and national events)
THEN at 6.45 in the Grand Buffet Hall at Union House we will be having the much anticipated launch of our brand new Women’s Mentoring Network! Food and bubbles are on us, and we are excited to have trailblazing scientist Frances Separovic as our guest speaker. It’s the first on many monthly networking evenings that are part of the WMN, as well as fortnightly meetings between mentors and mentees.
Have a fabulously feminist day, we look forward to seeing you!
Hello everyone, and hope you’re enjoying your uni break! The website has been on a bit of a hiatus as we’ve all slogged through exams & essays, then got the flu, then kinda gone into holiday mode a bit, but also still working away in the background organising our NOWSA collective. Only a week until we go away to Canberra… can’t wait!
In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about a big Semester 2 event that is in the works. We’d love any interested people to get involved – you don’t need any special experience or knowledge, just some enthusiasm and keenness to meet new people! Run in conjunction with the National Union of Students, it’s called Bluestocking Week:
Bluestocking is a campaign which celebrates women in higher education. The ‘week’ will run from the 6th-17th of August. This year’s Bluestocking Week will focus on the original bluestocking themes of celebrating women’s intellectualism; advancing feminism through education; and rebelling against social constructs that prescribe roles for women’ including those of class, race, sexuality and culture, that restrict women’s freedom of expression and thought – and we will add a modern (or postmodern) twist. Bluestocking Week is coordinated by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Women’s Action Committee (which has representatives from each State) and the National Union of Students Women’s Department. Events are being organised at national, divisional and university level. The project will be launched by Jane Garrett MP and Jeannie Rea, President of the NTEU at La Trobe University, Eagle Bar (event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/196702417124126/)
In terms of what’s happening at Melbourne Uni, that’s where you come in! We’d love you to be part of the organising collective. Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a part of making the week happen, and getting your thoughts and ideas about women & higher education out there.
Happy uni break everyone!
University of Melbourne students investigated how cities can be more gender ‘inclusive’, as part of a travelling design studio to Montreal, Canada in July/August 2011 (from http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/n-586):
The sixteen Masters students from the Melbourne School of Design will join ten graduate students from McGill University & Carleton University in getting hands-on experience in how city planning can be utilized to take advantage of the different experiences of men and women.
The students will immerse themselves in a rapidly changing post-industrial neighbourhood in Montreal, Pointe St. Charles, which is similar to Footscray in Melbourne. They will also learn about the results of the “Gender Inclusive Cities Program”, funded by the UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against women.
A group of rad wom*n recently made the trek up to Sydney for NOWSA 2011 at the University of New South Wales.
Is anyone interested in doing a bit of a write up about it to post here?