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Celebrating Eve Mahlab AO: Feminist. Philanthropist. Trailblazer.

"It's always struck me why money for building bridges is considered investment but money for childcare is a cost," said Eve to firm applause. "The VWT is simply the most effective organisation for advancing women and girls in Australia. VWT works at the top to influence public policy and it works at the bottom, to give grants to those who need it."

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End the Boys Club: Live Music is for Everyone

Ever felt uncomfortable or unsafe in a crowd? You're not alone.

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Remembering Jean Tom AO (1922-2017) Founding VWT Trustee

Committed to increasing opportunities for women, particularly for rural women, Jean played a key role in the final deliberations to set up the Victorian Women's Trust. Part of the formal minutes of a meeting in January 1985 records that Jean had to hurriedly leave the meeting after a telephone call to inform her that her Kyneton farm was ablaze.

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The wonderful Mary Owen

Mary and I met at twelve years ago at a Footscray writing workshop organised by her daughter Wendy. Mary was the oldest person in our group, but had the uninhibited enthusiasm of a school child - the sort that was bursting to share their work, but instead of raising their hand, couldn’t help but blurt out what they needed to say. When Arnold Zable asked us to write about an object of special significance to us, Mary wrote about a hand-cranked sewing machine she called ‘The wonderful Withers Werthiem.’

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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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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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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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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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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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