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24 / 02 / 2015

tradig212 This month Beth Nokes, our Young Sheilas editor, has interviewed the remarkable Claire Mehrtens – co-founder of the Women’s Melbourne Network. We speak to Claire about where her passion for advocacy comes from and why the quest for gender equality is so important to her as a young woman. 

avatrade download Beth Nokes (BN): Let’s begin with a little bit about you growing up and your influences, and how this shaped your view of feminism. Tell us a little bit about (a) the environment in which you grew up, and (b) what sort of influence this had on developing your opinions and politics.

order rx free Priligy Claire Mehrtens (CM): I’ve spent my whole life in Melbourne. I grew up in an inner city suburb where my parents, teachers, family and friends always encouraged me to try new things and to be myself. I was always talking – bantering with my friends, anything that happened to be on my mind, speaking up and standing up for myself. This occasionally got me into trouble at school for talking back and sometimes being perceived as a smart aleck, but I think I learnt from a young age the value of being able to talk about my ideas and opinions and being listened to by adults. Over time, as I started understanding social norms and why things are the way they are, and why some things seemingly don’t change, it seemed to me like it was obvious that there were still so many things that could be better. I think my opinions and politics come from a natural extension of this.

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http://maxbaillie.com/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron=1469188553.9518730640411376953125 opzioni binarie youtube CM: The moments when I see and feel the impact of some of my actions, small and large, are my biggest motivations to keep working hard. I find a lot of satisfaction listening to people’s experiences, learning what’s not working quite right for them, and working through the issues to change the status quo for the better. I’ve been fortunate enough to find different ways of doing this over the last few years and I continue to enjoy trying new approaches to affecting change. The Congressman I worked for was a strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act in the United States before it passed and has also focused on protecting human rights, which have made a difference to millions of people’s lives. When I was at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, I had a different experience working directly with marginalised members of the community to improve their circumstances one at a time. Now in my role at KPMG I am a consultant to public sector agencies, which includes advising them on how to adapt and deliver services to achieve the government’s objectives and better outcomes for the community. I guess through all of this work I have found that I like the challenge of thinking differently and that motivates me to keep trying new things too.

www1 anyoption it trading opzioni binari BN: Looking at your background, it seems like you have a passion for advocacy and social policy – was there a defining factor that made you want head in this direction?

binaire opties belgie forum CM: I don’t think there was any one defining factor in particular. I think it was a combination of a few things. I grew up believing strongly in values associated with egalitarianism and came to understand that everybody has different life experiences where they might need to draw on more support from the community at one time or another. I had something of a light bulb moment in the later years of high school studying VCE Health and Human Development. I just couldn’t comprehend that if we as a society knew of so many preventative health strategies – to the point where they were printed in a high school text book and I was expected to know it in my assessments – why chronic diseases were still such a huge issue in Australia when we know what the answer is to fix them? And why, for generations, has such a significant proportion of funding been tipped into acute services rather than bolstering health prevention? This is a very simplistic way of presenting that particular problem now, but that moment was when I realised that for many big issues that affect a lot of people, it might seem like there are already obvious answers but there is always still work that can be done to improve things.

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opzioni binarie a 1 ora CM: A small group of young women and I started WMN early last year. We enjoyed discussing gender issues with each other and attending events and functions, but felt there was a lack of community in connecting young people together to do this. We formed WMN with the idea that young women would want to share these experiences with a community of like-minded young women to shift perceptions and culture to further advance gender equality, and that they could also develop their skills in planning and coordinating a network by running some of our own events and partnering with larger organisations. In the future I hope we continue to grow and can be seen as a valuable and relevant network that young women across Melbourne can connect with and feel part of a community that cares and acts on local issues around gender equality.

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anyoption modell CM: It’s been really great! We’ve grown over the last year as word has got out about our work, and people have been really receptive to our message and the variety of things we have to offer. We have partnered well with other organisations, which fit our aim of being a network, and we’ve had some really positive feedback from the events we’ve coordinated and supported. Last year, we heard from Kirsty Ma, a comedian in a male dominated industry, we showcased a number of women’s remarkable stories at a Mother’s Day afternoon tea, ran a sex health workshop, ran an industry networking event and a forum on political leadership on family violence. It’s really exciting that we are able to bring people together for such varied topics and styles of discussion.

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gruppi che danno segnali opzioni binarie CM: I think people find it easier to reject a perceived identify than to come up with their own, or apply feminists principles to their unique surroundings. I think it can be hard to decide who you are and what you stand for, particularly at a young age. At the same time that this has happened, there have also been a lot of public figures that have ‘discovered’ their feminism, so I think it swings both ways (although somehow women declaring their disdain for feminism seems to be a better headline).  I try to appreciate the difficulties people may have in finding feminism for themselves. Identifying as a feminist comes quite naturally to me, it didn’t really require a second thought and I don’t believe goes against the grain of how I am perceived, how I was raised, my culture or my values. I always find it interesting to hear people’s stories of how they found their own feminism and what feminism means to them. Within this, I think it’s really important for people to understand that there are so many different types of feminist and there is no one feminist worldview, so feminism is more nuanced than a simple acceptance or rejection of the label or the identity.

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trader binario CM: No not at all! My mother is from Adelaide and followed Norwood, back in the days before South Australian teams joined the AFL.  I followed Melbourne because my brother decided to, and it was easier to follow his choice than to be mercilessly teased if we went for different teams and his team beat my team. The story goes that my brother went to an AFL game between Melbourne and Collingwood as an Auskick kid, and went into the G as a Collingwood fan, Melbourne won, and he left as a Dee supporter. I was potentially that close to being a Pies supporter! I’ve been a member since Jim Stynes led the Club, and implored anyone who followed Melbourne to sign up and support the team financially. I think he really had a way of connecting with people. I am definitely a footy tragic and have developed a thick skin over the years, but that only makes the victories even sweeter.

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