Hey everyone! Here’s an invite from Reproductive Choice Australia to all students at Melbourne Uni to get involved with a flashmob! We’ll be practicing the moves at uni and you can also practice at home to the video they’ve made. Here’s the details:
LET’S END THE STIGMA!
Reproductive Choice Australia is throwing a Flashmob, and we want YOU to come. Dance in Melbourne’s CBD in support of women and against abortion shame, silence and stigma! The Flashmob will take place on:
- Sunday September 30, 2012
- 10:15am arrival, for an 11:00am sharp start
REGISTER NOW to be part of the fun. Dancing is uplifting and fun – the perfect antidote to shame. The Flashmob is a dance everyone can learn – check out our fun instructional video here!
The Melbourne Flashmob is open to EVERYONE! Men are warmly invited to attend and every effort will be made to ensure disability-access. Rehearsal parties will be after work at the University of Melbourne on 18 and 24 September, for those who want to attend (more info on the times and rooms to be posted soon). We’ll supply the Flashmob t-shirts, which you are free to keep!
I WANT TO STAND UP FOR WOMEN. REGISTER ME FOR THE “LET’S END THE STIGMA” FLASHMOB!
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.
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].
Amnesty International’s Victorian Women’s Rights team presents the first Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival on the 26-27th of November at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova. Amnesty’s Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival is part of the internationally celebrated ‘16 Days of Activism‘, a global call to action for an end to violence against women.
The event will showcase a number of highly acclaimed and important films exploring issues around gender-based violence and discrimination and celebrating female empowerment and the women who have stood up against significant political and social barriers.
Speakers include: Karen Toohey, Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Kathleen Maltzahn, author of Trafficked and founder of Project Respect and Ming Yu, Demand Dignity International Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International, with more to come.
Tickets: $17.50 adult/$14.50 conc./festival packages available
Starts: Saturday November 26 2011 1:00 PM
Finishes: Sunday November 27 2011 8:00 PM
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC, 3053
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading
image from Slutwalk Melbourne – http://www.michaelbainbridge.com
You may have been following the conversation around the international SlutWalk phenomena and its lack of effort to ensure anti-racism was an integral part of the ‘movement’, and, as Colorlines notes, what “critics of the nascent movement have described as a crippling lack of racial and cultural diversity, historical knowledge, and sensitivity to structural differences in power and privilege”. BlackWomen’s Blueprint, a Brooklyn-based human rights organization, authored a must read open letter to the SlutWalk movement in September, and even after that there was the hurtful racist signage displayed at the recent SlutWalk NYC. Continue reading
A photo published along with an article in The Age, taken at Slutwalk Melbourne. Katie, Hannah, Holly, & Belinda: totes famous. Maddee: sorry, you’re behind the sign I think!
Many people from the wom*n’s group and other Melbourne Uni groups took part in the march, or came for the speeches preceding the march itself. Of course many people within these groups, and at the march in general, had many different opinions on the myriad issues associated with Slutwalk, but there was a great sense of solidarity in the crowd on the day, and it was great to see people getting active.
Here are some different takes and views from around the interwebs in the wake of Slutwalk (I advise a trigger warning for almost all these links due to discussions and descriptions of rape/sexual assault):
Tits and Sass: I Think I Just Figured Out SlutWalk
The F Word: We’re Sluts, Not Feminists. Wherein my relationship with Slutwalk gets rocky.
To The Curb: SlutWalk: A Stroll Through White Supremacy
New Matilda: Can Tiny Hotpants Say It All?
Also, many noted that one of the highlights of the day was one of the speeches given prior to the march itself. You can find a transcript of that speech at SlutWalk: A Testimony By A Transgender Man.
** For a fantastic and moving piece on the pervasive rape culture that Slutwalk protested against, please read Rape Culture 101. **