Trust Journal

Watch: Tanya Plibersek’s Keynote Address from Breakthrough 2016

“We cannot take progress for granted. We have to keep prosecuting the case, that democracy is better and stronger when it is more representative. There is no more important a time to have a greater number of women in leadership positions, because the laws that women have fought for can be unwritten. So women need to stand their ground, and we need to do it in a way that brings more people in.”

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Last Minute Gifts for the Feminist in Your Life

The silly season is upon us! Need some help with gift ideas? We’ve got you sorted. Put your money to a good cause this year and give a gift that gives back. Here are our top 10 pressie tips for the feminists in your life: 1. Ecopads Ecopads Australia is a social enterprise making perfectly imperfect cloth pads. With each purchase a cloth pad is sent to a girl or woman in need, in support of women's health and choice. The cloth pads are made with love and aim to protect the environment, provide...

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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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Life, Relationships + Money; Discuss

Thurs 24 Nov At Breakthrough, we’re inviting you to join us in the ‘Life, Relationships, Money; Discuss’ workshop to share your thoughts about one of life’s big questions — money. We want to know, what have you noticed about women’s experiences with finances? When relationships are thrown into the mix, what happens to the monetary side of things? And ultimately, we want to uncover how we can better support women’s economic freedom. Led by Alana Johnson (Convenor, Victorian Women’s Trust), with support from Fiona Nixon (Bank Australia), this workshop will feature a...

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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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