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Why we've introduced a menstrual policy and you should too

The VWT has been trialling a menstrual leave policy and it’s been a great success. VWT staffers Casimira Melican and Grace Mountford explain the importance of contemporary and progressive workplaces in supporting people who experience menstruation and menopause.

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Reflections on Extraordinary Women

Out of the blue some months ago, a woman unknown to me rang with the news that her mother had passed away and that she was preparing a eulogy for the funeral.

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Let's feast: Q & A with Chef Annie Smithers

Amongst food lovers, the name Annie Smithers is synonymous with French cuisine, rustic farmhouses and wide open spaces. We had the good fortune to chat to Annie about her cooking influences and the changing nature of the food industry.

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Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire, a documentary short from the Victorian Women’s Trust, shines a light on the hidden epidemic of workplace sexual harassment facing young women in regional and rural Australia. Recent research by Australian National University academic Dr. Skye Saunders shows that 73 per cent of women in rural and regional Australia experience workplace sexual harassment. Find out how to host a screening of this important film in your area.

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Now that we have your attention

Leena van Deventer talks about life after workplace diversity. Teaching girls to code is all well and good, but what comes happens after that? As a game developer, educator and author Leena understands all to well what it means to be out numbered in the workplace. And as she says, 'the struggle doesn't end with people getting hired'. If we really want diversity through and through — we need to start at the top.

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Naida Beltrame joins Victorian Women's Trust board

We’re very excited to welcome our newest Trustee, Naida Beltrame. Naida is a tax specialist whose career has focused on supporting high net-wealth individuals with tax advice, and securing funding for companies ranging from startups to multinationals for their investments in research and development. Former roles have included 11 years at Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Naida has had a lifelong passion for supporting human rights, particularly those of women, children and minorities.

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Let's Dance!

Join us for festive evening with one of Australia’s leading feminists, Eve Mahlab AO. Happening at Leonda on the Yarra, ‘Let’s Dance!’ is a celebration...

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Meet Kapambwe and Lorraine, co-founders of African Family Services

On any given day at VWT HQ, a steady stream of volunteers, staff, and social justice warriors (our favourite) can be seen heading into the...

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Her Words Matter

Sexual assault and rape culture continues to be one of the most confronting and difficult topics of feminist activism. One of the lesser talked about topics within this is sexual violence towards sex workers. We love how her words is amplifying the voices and lived experiences of women to increase understanding and move forward on the pathway to change.

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Watch Dr. Richard Denniss unpack the three big lies holding women back

Hear Dr. Richard Denniss' (Chief Economist at the Australia Institute) blistering account of what's really holding women back when it comes to money. Captured at Breakthrough 2016, Denniss' keynote address breaks down the three big lies we're sold about women's economic security. In short—the time for research and data collection is over—we need action.

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Vale Mary Owen OAM 1921-2017

Feminist, activist and trail blazer Mary Owen passed away on 23 March, aged 96. A lifelong advocate for the empowerment of women, Mary made a substantial impact on the road to achieving gender equality. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Thursday 27 April.

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Julia Gillard is back! With a very important message.

Julia Gillard’s return to public life gives us a chance to reflect upon how she was treated as Australia’s first female Prime Minister, how the media responds to women calling out sexism and why we still need to do better as a nation.

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Roj Amedi: "Often the voiceless have no choice but to demand, disrupt and protest."

We had the privilege of interviewing editor, writer, broadcaster and strategist Roj Amedi. Roj, a former refugee from Iraq, has been put forth by RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees as a proposed speaker for the upcoming Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees, as part of their #TimeToListen campaign.

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Feminism: more than sartorial statements

Academics Sarah Casey, Zora Simic and Juliet Watson explore the complex world of fashion and feminism asking — what does it mean to be a feminist? And how do we translate our aesthetic into real action?

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My Feminism

"The local women’s march is pink-dressed, determined, alive. The cheering chanting mass streams past the inner-Sydney sights. A bold sign centre-crowd floating up on high says: I’ll see all you nice white ladies at the next Black Lives Matter march, right? My feminism is intersectional, or my feminism is a lie."

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Things that are not my job.

Guest writer Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She works for Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network as a Project Manager and is a freelance writer. In her latest piece, Nayuka stares down the supposedly obligatory roles others try to foist upon her, finding the quiet power in drawing a line — in saying no.

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The Government Cares? Prove it.

VWT Policy whiz Casimira Melican was a panellist at the recent Who Cares! Forum, featuring experts from across the care industry. The common theme? Money. In the spirit of nation building, Cas thinks it's time we demand more.

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Breakthrough: "the biggest gender equality conference in the nation's history."

Breakthrough (hosted by the Victorian Women’s Trust on Nov 25-26) was a giant coming together of all kinds of people and 100+ speakers to talk about the most important opportunity of our times; gender equality. How will we move beyond old world views, stop tinkering with policy that doesn’t meet our needs, reject negative attitudes that are holding us back, and really start moving forward?

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Watch: Tanya Plibersek's Keynote Address from Breakthrough 2016

Last month Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, spoke to the full crowd at Breakthrough 2016 about the urgency of equal representation across our society. She was one of 100+ speakers who came together over two days at the Melbourne Town Hall to delve into the big issues that will come to define the future of gender equality. As an early holiday gift to you, you can re-live the moment and watch Tanya Plibersek's keynote in it's entirety! For those who couldn't be there, this is the next best thing.

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'Workplace Diversity' Not Just a Buzz Term.

As we nudge 2017, it’s a good time to reflect on our progress when it comes to gender balance in the workplace. Over the last sixty years, Australian women have been engaged in the workforce in ever increasing numbers. However, it’s only recently that ‘workplace diversity’ has become the buzz term; a quick Google search brings up a whopping 69,500,000 results. Gender balance in the workplace? Not yet.

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