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VWT Event | Women Represent: Power, Politics and Making a Difference

Hosted by the Victorian Women's Trust on Monday 31 October 2022, Women Represent: Power, Politics and Making a Difference was an online panel discussion which sought to unpack the power women hold in office (despite their numbers) and the ways in which women lead. Moderated by Mary Crooks AO and featuring panelists such as Ramona Vijeyarasa (author of 'The Woman President', a unique comparative study of women's leadership and the law); Fiona Patten MP (Leader of the Reason Party); The Hon. Judith Troeth (former Liberal MP); Samantha Ratnam (Leader of the...

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‘Giving voice to menopause’ Rosalind shares her story

Rosalind, a woman in her mid 80s, wrote to the Victorian Women's Trust recently. She had just finished reading our 2019 publication About Bloody Time: the Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have and said that she finally felt bold enough to share her own story, and the attitudes towards menstruation she had observed over the decades. In particular, Rosalind wanted to break down the silence and stigma surrounding menopause. The timing of Rosalind's letter was uncanny, as the documentary film, Giving Voice to Menopause (produced by She Listens) was about to...

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Sala Goma reflects on her feminist journey

We've been so fortunate to have Sala Goma join our small team in recent months. Here she reflects on her feminist journey, and why she's passionate about intersectional feminism, first and foremost.

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Unbelievable: dismantling the narrative of the ‘perfect victim’ within the criminal justice system

The 'perfect victim' in the criminal justice system is a virgin. She's never had a drink. She doesn't post on social media. She's never sent an intimate message and she's unmarked in the eyes of the law. She comes forward at the perfect time. There are always witnesses to corroborate her story. She shares just enough with the public to be empathised with, but not too much, or she's hysterical. Most importantly, she doesn't exist. She's an ideal that sets every survivor up for failure, for judgement and to bear...

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