The September Edition

19 / 09 / 2014

G’Day and Phoar – what a ‘heavy’ month this September Edition provides, with some heavy topics canvassed.

In our features section, we publish Jane Touzeau on Coal Seam Gas mining, and why Victorians should view the issue as an election one, given the moratorium on CSG mining is set to be lifted mid-next year. Also on an environmental bent, Keeping it Reel this month publishes a pic of author Marie Munkara signing the Monster Climate Change Petition – an initiative of the Victorian Women’s Trust, publisher of Sheilas – in collecting as many signatures as possible to present to the House of Representatives demanding political leadership on climate change. Have you signed yet? See who Marie joins in terms of other high profile Australians and find details on how you can add your scribble to the mix, by clicking here.

Our other main feature this month comes from Dr Philomena Horsley, who, along with other researchers, has contributed to ‘Norma’s Project’ – a research report documenting the unspoken issue of sexual abuse of older women, an under-reported issue which is in dire need of putting the spotlight on. Click here to read.

This week the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, or ‘Vichealth’, published its much anticipated follow up to its Community Attitudes on violence against women survey, with the latest 2013 results. In the spirit of highlighting this critical research, we publish a classic of Judy Horacek’s work which demonstrates how much work is still needed in changing attitudes on this critical issue. Check it out here.

Also on a serious note, Polly Ticks this month looks at the politicking in response to the international threat that the ‘Islamic State’ poses. Check out ‘Time to be Alert … And a little bit alarmed’ here.

For some, ahem, lighter content – YES! – Karen Pickering for Culture Club provides us with some reflections post the inaugural Girls of Film Festival which ran last weekend, some good news for next year included.

And because it is footy finals month we have a very special Bonza Sheila – the wonderful Chelsea Roffey, the first woman to umpire a Grand Final in 2012, puts on the Bonza Guernsey this month for us – thank you, Chelsea!

Until next month, keep alert and keep reading,

Sarah Capper

Ed, Sheilas, VWT

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