Trust Journal

Gathering Space: #Breakthrough2016

Fri 25 + Sat 26 Nov 2016, over 1200 people will gather in the Melbourne Town, the Athenaeum and Baptist on Collins to talk about how we can create an equal society for all. Under the banner of Breakthrough, we will meet, exchange ideas, gather momentum as a group — in some of Melbourne's most charming public spaces. Take a peek inside our 2016 Breakthrough venues:   Melbourne Town Hall Completed in 1970, the Melbourne Town Hall was designed by Joseph Reed, a hugely influential Victorian era architect who also designed the State Library...

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BIG news! Sheilas is on the move.

The Victorian Women's Trust has consistently been a proud supporter of putting women's voices on the public record since we started way back in 1985. Throughout our time as a leading advocate for women, we noticed there seemed to be a lack of media coverage and conversations around issues unique to the lives of women, all around Australia. For us, this wasn't good enough, so we came up with  a solution. We developed a online platform for showcasing women’s voices about these issues and it went by the name of Sheilas....

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EMBRACING BETTER BODY IMAGE WITH FILMMAKER TARYN BRUMFITT

She might have stunned the world with an unexpected “Before” and “After” picture, but Taryn Brumfitt is more than a social media sensation. The body image activist, documentary maker and mother of three joins a stellar line-up of speakers at Breakthrough this November and girl, are we excited. If you had one word to describe your body, what would it be? That’s the question Taryn Brumfitt asked 100 women in the making of Embrace, a documentary released earlier this year exploring the global issue of body loathing. Sadly – but perhaps...

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Our Interview with Tilly Lawless

Tilly Lawless is a queer sex worker, activist, uni graduate and horse rider from NSW.  In 2015, Tilly rose to fame when she took a stand against an anti-sex work article published on Mamamia (a piece which originally hailed from the blog of a US Christian group). In response, Tilly posted an image of herself on instagram, stating that “there is no singular story or person to represent the varied & complex experiences of all sex workers, but here is one face of prostitution amongst a myriad” along with the...

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Meet Le Ho: A woman who will ‘never, ever give up.’

  As of 2016, women run 34% of all small businesses in Australia. That number is steadily growing, supported in part by a drive from female entrepreneurs to share information and resources, opening the business community up to more innovative women. One such woman is Le Ho. Arriving in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam, Le has successfully tried her hand at everything from bridal wear to waste management, turning a failing business into strong money maker. Since then, she has acted as both mentor and inspiration to other women entrepreneurs. Speaking to the...

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Our Interview with June Oscar AO | Sheilas

We had the privilege of interviewing June Oscar AO, a Bunuba Woman from the Central Kimberley Region and one of Australia’s great Indigenous leaders. She is joint CEO of the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy River Women’s Centre where she has played a key role in uncovering and addressing the extraordinarily high number of children afflicted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

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Embrace the Body Image Movement | Rosie

Taryn Brumfitt is on a mission to change the way women view themselves. Fed up with the media’s inaccurate portrayal of the ideal female body, she set off on a world tour talking to women around the globe about body image issues, and henceforth creating the recently released documentary Embrace. We went and saw the documentary, and it was incredible.

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