Trust Journal

7 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Breakthrough Experience

Tues 22 Nov As Breakthrough draws ever closer, now is the perfect time to plan your Breakthrough journey. Here’s our top tips for making your event experience a real delight: 1. Bring your water bottle Even with the power of modern technology, Melbourne weather can be a little unpredictable. We recommend bringing a water bottle to quench your thirst and save the planet at the same time. There will be water stations available, so you can refill your bottle whenever you need. 2. Download the free Breakthrough app To make your life easier, we made...

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins Talks Equal Pay and Equal Roles

Tues 22 Nov It's safe to say that Kate Jenkins knows a thing or two about gender equality, having gathered a wealth of human rights and legal experience over the years. Kate commenced her term as Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner in April 2016 and has hit the ground running, determined to prevent violence against women and their children, secure women’s economic security, and advocate for greater diversity in decision making roles across our community. Kate will deliver a keynote We Can + We Will on Day Two of Breakthrough. You can also see her in...

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Dr. Clare Wright: “I’m drawn to women’s history because equity and justice demands it”

Tues 22 Nov Dr. Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. She is an integral part of the history faculty at La Trobe University, which has been a pioneering institution in the academic field of Gender Studies for decades. La Trobe University is a key partner of Breakthrough 2016. Clare will be delivering a keynote address Making Waves, Making History on Day One of Breakthrough. We had a chat to Clare on the importance of learning about and from women's history. As a historian, you...

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Say hello to Susie from the Grand Magoozi

Fri 18 Nov The Grand Magoozi are Melbourne based band with a sound rooted in folk, blues and country. Their first self titled LP features original compositions written by beguiling lead vocalist Susie Scurry. Her music has been described as "smoky vocals and simple song writing [that] deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure". Sounds like a dream. The Grand Magoozi will be performing during our Breakthrough Get Together on Sat 26 Nov, featuring MC Jan Fran and music from the Brunswick Women's Choir. We chatted to Susie about her music and the...

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Witch Way Forward

Mon 14 November 2016 Written by The Feed's Jan Fran. Currently I’m reading a book called The Witches, a historical retelling of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Much of the book is context with large chunks of chapters dedicated to explaining the prevailing cultural and religious ethos of the time, which gave rise to what was effectively the callous mass murder of (predominately) women. So turns out seventeenth century New Englanders believed in witchcraft – like reaaaaaally believed in witchcraft. This was thanks in large part to books: one being The Bible and...

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Jessica Rowe: ’20 years ago I wasn’t “permitted” to read the main news story or do interviews.’

Wednesday 16 Nov You may know her as one of Australia’s best-loved TV journalists. Or as one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates. Either way, there’s no doubting Jessica Rowe’s tireless work ethic and passion for social justice. She is a patron for the Mental Health Council of Australia, Mum4Mum; an ambassador for Beyondblue; an ambassador for Welcome To Australia (an organisation assisting refugee families in Australia) and Camp Kookaburra and…the list goes on! In her recent memoir, Is this my beautiful life?Rowe wrote with disarming honesty about her own mental...

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New Breakthrough Performer Mojo Juju Sings Tunes ‘Loaded With Sin’.

Fri 11 Nov Mojo Juju is a musician, raconteur and bona fide expert in “vintage rock ‘n’ roll licks, howling jazz and grinding juke-joint blues” (Sydney Morning Herald). With a sound to make the devil in you to come out and play, Mojo Juju is the perfect addition to Breakthrough 2016. Mojo Juju will be performing during our Breakthrough Get Together on Fri 25 Nov, featuring performances from Judith Lucy and Georgia Fields. We spoke with Juju about the music world, what gender equality really means and got some choice advice for future music makers. Read...

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Comedy Queen Judith Lucy will be Performing at Breakthrough!

Tues 8 Nov Drum-roll please….not only can you hear Judith Lucy’s take on male dominated industries in the #NotAllMen breakout session (looking at you, Australian comedy scene), but she will also be delivering a comedy set in the Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 25 November. Lucy has been part of the stand-up comedy arena for over 20 years and has been described as “painfully honest, sharply observed and with a joke rate second to none”. She has sold out countless theatrical runs in Australia and has taken her shows to Montreal, Edinburgh and...

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There is Nothing We Cannot Do And Yet There Is Still So Much That Stand In Our Way.

Tues 8 Nov Written by Anne Summers Anne Summers is a journalist and author. Her classic 1975 book Damned Whores and God’s Police was re-released on International Women’s Day 2016. Anne will be MC at Breakthrough 2016 on Friday 25 November. As someone who has been in the women’s rights movement for over four decades, she has seen first hand the power of positive social change for women and the ongoing struggle to maintain progress. She believes it’s time for Australia to breakthrough. When we consider that it is a hundred years since white women...

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Women on the Front Line: A How To Guide on Surviving and Fighting Back in Digital Spaces

Mon 7 Nov We all know how rough it can be sometimes to exist as women in online spaces. But if you’re a woman online who’s also actively confronting bigotry in 2016, there's a good chance you’ll need to brace yourself for a truck load of hatred from an onslaught of idiots. Celeste Liddle (unionist, writer, creator of blog ‘Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’), Clementine Ford (author of ‘Fight Like a Girl’, Journalist, Activist), Mariam Veiszadeh (lawyer, anti-bigotry advocate, founder of anti-islamaphobia register),Van Badham (playwright, author, columnist, unionist) and Stephanie Bendixson (writer and...

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