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Lucia Osborne-Crowley on the importance of trauma-informed care

CW: Sexual assault Lucia Osborne-Crowley is the author of I Choose Elena and My Body Keeps Your Secrets, two memoirs that deal with the aftermath of sexual trauma. Here, Lucia writes about the importance of trauma-informed care in clinical settings, and why it should be standard practice for the safety, empowerment and healing of all patients.  

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Hermina Burns’ Feminist Poetry Reading List

Hermina Burns is a co-host of our 2020 poetry podcast Between the Leaves , and an accomplished poet in her own right. Hermina is the author of four poetry collections, Bite of a Bluebottle and Against Separation Creek (2019), and the just published Crossing a Line and Dodging the Relative. Hermina sees her roles of poet and feminist as intimately intertwined. Here, she shares a collection of poems that invite a reflection on feminism and the many issues women and gender diverse people face.  

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Introducing Matters That Count

Imagine. Candidates with the best chance of winning Lower House seats in the forthcoming federal election are asked by constituents where they stand on a set of key issues of deep concern to so many, especially women.   You and your friends work to secure their responses on these issues. Your summaries of their responses are promoted across your networks— family, other friends, acquaintances, colleagues and your community networks, ultimately assisting people to make informed choices about candidates on election day. Once your representative takes a seat in the Lower House, you and...

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The Making of Giving Voice to Menopause

Along with The Wood Foundation, the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust proudly provided funding to help She Listens produce Giving Voice to Menopause—a short documentary that listens deeply to experiences of menopause, and redefines how we talk about it. Here, director Libby Chow talks about the experience of making this crucial film.  

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women’s work

It's our privilege to publish this new poem from Maxine Beneba Clarke. women's work speaks to the ways in which gendered attitudes towards domestic labour changed during the pandemic. Maxine's new collection HOW DECENT FOLK BEHAVE is out now.  

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Becoming a good enough parent

This Perinatal Mental Health Week, mum and VWT Comms Officer, Rachael Imam, shares her experience of having PND after becoming a new parent. It's more challenging–and more common–than you might think.

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