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Let's Dance!

Supporting partner Join us for a night of festive celebration with one of Australia’s leading feminists, Eve Mahlab AO.  Tickets on sale now.

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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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Reading lists and Playlists: On Lisa Bellear and Laura Mvula

As the exhibition opening of 'Close to you: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show' draws near, guest writer Ellen van Neerven muses on the influential figures, like Bellear, who have shaped her identity as a Murri woman, as a queer woman, as a feminist.

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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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Artists for Equality — Breeana Dunbar, Bri Hammond and Hilary Walker.

We had the good fortune of working with stellar photographers and dream weavers Breeana Dunbar, Bri Hammond, and Hilary Walker on our biggest event ever. Entitled Breakthrough, this event ran over 25-26 November and featured 100+ speakers and performers (like Tanya Plibersek, Tara Moss, Leigh Sales, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and many, many more) all channeling their energy into what is required to ensure a flourishing, equal future for all. It was bold, ambitious, and way more fun then we could ever imagined.

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VWT launches groundbreaking Robyn Mason Sub-Fund

The Victorian Women’s Trust recently launched a ground-breaking fund that will support initiatives focused on the safety of regional and rural women. The Robyn Mason Sub-Fund is named after one of Australia’s most passionate feminists; a social worker and academic whose work contributed meaningfully to improving the lives and citizenship of women living outside metropolitan boundaries.

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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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