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Solving the Case of the Missing Women

"We can't find enough women. Where are all the women?" This question is asked at the Financial Review Westpac 100 Women of Influence dinner, where there are almost one thousand representatives of this gender. The interlocutor is the Fin's business editor, who laments that the paper is perceived as being "too blokey". His pained expression seems to suggest the problem is intractable. Certainly our Mates Over Merit report, conducted by Women in Media and iSentia, reveals almost four-in-five finance stories are written by men. This is not the fault of our educational institutions,...

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All About Our Latest Grants

The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust has just announced another great bunch of general grants and they are really worth taking a look at for their diversity and to get an understanding of the many important ways that women and girls can be supported in our community. The 2017 grants focus on promoting social inclusion and community cohesion, particularly in regional Victoria.  The funded projects address the needs of refugee and migrant families, or women or girls who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, lack of educational or training opportunities, or who live with...

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A sHero you need to know

We don’t often pause and reflect on the ground-breaking women who came before us, and we certainly don’t learn about women’s activism in school. Here's one woman you should know.

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Celebrating Eve Mahlab AO: Feminist. Philanthropist. Trailblazer.

"It's always struck me why money for building bridges is considered investment but money for childcare is a cost," said Eve to firm applause. "The VWT is simply the most effective organisation for advancing women and girls in Australia. VWT works at the top to influence public policy and it works at the bottom, to give grants to those who need it."

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Meet Kapambwe and Lorraine, co-founders of African Family Services

On any given day at VWT HQ, a steady stream of volunteers, staff, and social justice warriors (our favourite) can be seen heading into the office, busily working on a whole raft of projects that benefit women and girls. African Family Services is no different. Co-founded by social worker Kapambwe Mumba (left), and Lorraine Baloyi (right) who has a background in business law, African Family Services is a non-profit organisation that works with African-Australian women to provide mental health services, career development advice, improved safety outcomes and more. African Family Services will be...

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Naida Beltrame joins Victorian Women’s Trust board

We’re very excited to welcome our newest Trustee, Naida Beltrame. Naida is a tax specialist whose career has focused on supporting high net-wealth individuals with tax advice, and securing funding for companies ranging from startups to multinationals for their investments in research and development. Former roles have included 11 years at Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Naida has had a lifelong passion for supporting human rights, particularly those of women, children and minorities.

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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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