Trust Journal

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 office, busily working on a whole raft of projects that benefit women and girls. African Family Services is no different. Co-founded by social worker Kapambwe Mumba (left), and Lorraine Baloyi (right) who has a background in business law, African Family Services is a non-profit organisation that works with African-Australian women to provide mental health services, career development advice, improved safety outcomes and more. African Family Services will be...

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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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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

“I want to tell you a story of lies and deception. It’s not Game of Thrones; it’s the Australian policy process. So basically I want to spell out what I think are the three big lies that are used to not cover up, but silence, they’re different. The three big lies that are used to silence our public debate when it comes to issues of gender inequality in Australia, and one big truth.”

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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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Warrior Women for Water

Happy World Water Day! Our Research & Advocacy Officer and resident Aquarian Casimira Melican has written about water, feminism and activism, enjoy!

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