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    News Naomi-162x223 Does the NDIS discriminate against the chronically ill? By Naomi Chainey As the NDIS struggles to sort out its flawed administrative processes in the infancy stage of the national rollout, certain applicants have… Read more →
    News A farmer's wife looking toward the horizon. She expresses concern and worry in tough times. Improving women’s health outcomes through increased access to information We would like to thank the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Foundation for furnishing us a piece on the state of play of key issues… Read more →
    News Celeste Liddle And the Cycle of Australia’s Undeniable Racism Continues By Celeste Liddle  Generally, as an Aboriginal activist and frequent protester, July means two things to me: NAIDOC Week and ensuring my thickest coat has… Read more →
    News Kim_2016 Confessions of a Feminist Footy Fan By Kim Toffoletti It’s not easy being a feminist and a footy fan. For every success story I hear about women’s progress in the world… Read more →
    News top-keyboard-050911 Social Media – Not Smarter, Just Louder With access easy access to information, news is increasingly becoming a personal story – and with the prevalence of non-traditional media websites and social media,… Read more →
    News MentalHealth Budget Cuts at the Core of Mental Health Support By Esther Levy-Fenner Each year, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness. Disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse are key contributors… Read more →
    News Image: Archer Magazine Australia Is Embarrassing Itself On Marriage Equality, And This Election Needs To Address That By Kat George. When the gun toting, viagra Bible bashing, fear mongering United States of America has managed to make social progress where we have… Read more →
    News Hysterical Women The Modern “Hysteria” By Naomi Chainey. A common experience of online feminists, troche or, indeed, women with public opinions, is being told by men who disagree with them… Read more →
    News Jan Fran Swedish Models Really Are Better Looking The Feed’s Jan Fran argues that Australia should look to Sweden and beyond when it comes to parental leave. So a few weeks back a… Read more →
    News Manus_Island_regional_processing_facility_2012 There Is A Better Way For People Seeking Asylum and the Time For Change Is Now In this article, rx Grace discusses that the ruling that detention on Manus Island is illegal, and gives us an opportunity to have a national… Read more →
    News COURTESY OF RADIUS-TWC No More Silence Andrea Durbach is Professor of Law and Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW. Born and educated in South Africa, ampoule  she practised as a… Read more →
    News Heidi La Paglia Headshot Sexual Assault On University Campuses: We need to do more than ‘Talk About It’ Heidi La Paglia is a student at the University of Tasmania and has a strong interest in tackling gender equality, check and in improving the… Read more →
    News Malcolm The New Man in the Top Job By Kerry-Anne Walsh Malcolm Turnbull bounded into the job of Prime Minister with the enthusiasm of someone who’d been waiting a very long time for… Read more →
    News Photo: Eddie Jim Time To End Violence Against All Women By Isabelle Lane  In a year when violence against women was recognised by federal and state politicians as a “disgrace” and a“national emergency”, we talk… Read more →
    News Angela Pippos The State of Play There are some dodgy divides in the sisterhood that help to keep us from nailing our collective colours to the mast and understanding that no… Read more →
    News Speed-sisters-1 Speed Sisters Speed Sisters, a new documentary by Amber Fares, is neither a purely feminist treatise nor a statement on living under occupation in the West Bank.… Read more →
    News Amal-Awad Alternative & Arguable Therapies The new age, cialis health and wellness industries are an ever-expanding retail universe, no rx offering up healing, spirit guides, Paleo diets and empowerment. With… Read more →
    News Older and Bolder Image Older & Bolder: Life after 60 Earlier this month the Victorian Women’s Trust, in conjunction with Melbourne University Press launched Renata Singer’s new book Older & Bolder: Life after 60. Renata… Read more →
    News megan_davi_m1862820 Recognition Unpacked Dr Megan Davis is a Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, malady where she is also Director of the Indigenous Law… Read more →
    News ADam Goodes Off to The Racists… Does Francis Leach need any introduction? To Generation X, find he will always be fondly remembered as one of the stalwarts from the glory days… Read more →
    News Gillian Truggs Nothing But The Truth Leading Sheilas this month, journalist Ruby Hamad (Daily Life, The Drum) considers the outrageous treatment of Gillian Triggs, in the context of not only Australia’s… Read more →
    News Joan with pre-school kids Jenny Beacham tribute We Remember, Joan Kirner Former Labor State Secretary Jenny Beacham, sovaldi a long-time and dear friend of Joan’s, medicine spoke eloquently and movingly at her funeral. With Jenny’s permission,… Read more →
    News christine milne All Is Quiet (As Christine Calls Time) This month’s lead article comes to us from Kerry-Anne Walsh, remedy writing on the Australian media’s reaction to the announcement of Christine Milne’s resignation. With… Read more →
    News gameofthrones14_57 That’s Enough Eroticisation and Degradation of Women as the Go-to Plot Line Thanks This month we welcome Amal Awad to the Sheila’s stable. Amal is a Sydney-based writer, ask journalist, cialis author and public speaker. In 2010 she… Read more →
    News Ruby Hamad Headshot When the West Wants Its Cake and To Eat It Too Leading Sheilas April this month, ailment journalist Ruby Hamad (Daily Life, sale The Drum) brilliantly dissects the West’s complicity in some of the world’s worst… Read more →
    News leopard TA head A Leopard in the Political Jungle Running with us for the first time as a News Feature, we’ve got our Bonza Sheila Susan Mitchell, author of Tony Abbott: A Man’s Man… Read more →
    News Helen-Razer The Appearance of Feminism This month, treat the illustrious, irrepressible, and by her own admission, oftentimes irritable Helen Razer joins the Sheilas stable. We’re beyond thrilled. Ms Razer, proudly… Read more →
    News for TheVICTORIAN WOMENS TRUST ANNUAL REPORT 2006 Democracy Flourishes when the Common Good is Front and Centre of Government Hands up who remembers when public policy making was about the public interest? Informed by experts and evidence, viagra and not ideology? In a world… Read more →
    News Grace Mountford The Waters of Accountability are Murky When it Comes to Our Naval Security and Detention Operations In this special edition of Young Sheilas, viagra Grace Mountford writes about the secrecy and lack of accountability surrounding detention centres and boats, viagra sale… Read more →
    News 'Untitled (Your Comfort is My Silence)' by Barbara Kruger. We Need to Talk About #Gamergate This month, journalist Isabelle Lane discusses the #Gamergame phenomenon – widely viewed as a manifestation of a culture war over gaming culture diversification and the… Read more →
    News IMG_0299 Charting Landscapes of Violence Against Rural Women Amanda George and Bridget Harris have just released their report 'Landscapes of Violence: Women Surviving Family Violence in Regional and Rural Victoria' for Deakin Uni's Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice. Read more →
    News image Engaging Richmond – Kitchen Table Conversations Over two months, as part of Kathleen Maltzahn’s campaign as a Greens candidate in the state seat of Richmond, the ‘Engaging Richmond 2014’ kitchen table… Read more →
    News RubyHeadShot Yes, Islamophobia is Racism In this piece for Sheilas, writer Ruby Hamad (who we recently featured as a ‘Bonza Sheila‘) explains why it is a cop out to dismiss… Read more →
    News NCAS_stakeholder-report-cover National Community Attitudes Survey Vichealth has released the 2013 National Community Attitudes Survey - the third of its kind - examining attitudes towards violence against women. Read more →
    News Philomena Norma’s Project NORMA’S PROJECT: Researching the sexual assault of older women in Australia **Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Content** Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes… Read more →
    News Jane Victoria, Once was a Garden? The Victorian Government has a moratorium on coal seam gas mining until mid-next year – conveniently scheduled after the election takes place at the end… Read more →
    News emily2-162x222 Family-Friendly Leave Time A Two-Way Street Emily Lee-Ack returns with a rundown on the realities of shared parenting after a recent survey revealed that while a majority of women view childcare as a government responsibility, a majority of men still see it as an individual or private responsibility. Read more →
    News two1 Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change Victorian Women's Trust Executive Director Mary Crooks AO and La Trobe University Emeritus Professor Judith Brett outline the story of how a meeting they had with Clare Wright and Dur-e Dara led to the creation of the Monster Climate Change Petition ... Read more →
    News Amy Gray headshot good Public Policy Driven By Ideology: Couples Counseling Lowering the divorce rate in Australia has recently been nominated as an area of policy interest by the Abbott Government. Writer Amy Gray looks at… Read more →
    News clementine-bio A Feminists Guide to Taking Time-Off Regular Sheilas contributor and writer Clementine Ford gives us a run-down on how to relax from the daily tremors of being a feminist. She explains… Read more →
    News Clementine Ford Not All Men, but Yes All Women In a welcome return to Sheilas, writer Clementine Ford looks at the entrenched cultural attitudes of how men and women respond towards gendered violence. She notes the lengths to which we point out that ‘not all men’ victimise women - but also notes how less likely we are to emphasize that all women have an experience of being victimised by a man. Read more →
    News dunlop No Democracy without Dissent In his first piece for Sheilas, Tim Dunlop argues that when governments, unchecked by a beleaguered mainstream media, stop listening and start shutting down debate, we lose the very essence of our democratic form of government. Read more →
    News sheree When the right to education becomes a reason for warfare Ensuring girls and women have access to education has the power to transform the world. The mass abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria last month highlights… Read more →
    News Amy Gray headshot good Budget Emergencies and Baby Making The Abbott Government has delivered its maiden Budget, raining down blows on everyone from the young and unemployed, to students, the sick and pensioners.  Amy… Read more →
    News Rachel_smile_highres Women’s Safe Access to Reproductive Healthcare In 2008, abortion was removed from the Crimes Act in Victoria. It was a hugely significant step, after decades long campaigning and not-so-distant memories of… Read more →
    News moira The AFL v Tania Hird “I’m not a piece of cattle and I’m not an employee and I think it’s really offensive to suggest that I’d be hauled anywhere.”  When… Read more →
    News Wendy McCarthy AO Past Victories and Present Challenges In a keynote address at the 25th Anniversary of the Pamela Denoon Lecture Wendy McCarthy AO draws upon her many years of involvement in the women’s movement to reflect upon feminism and the advances, setbacks, and challenges that still lie ahead. Read more →
    News Georgie Proud - small headshot Justice for Lisa Following the conviction of Simon Gittany for the murder of Lisa Harnum, Georgie Proud examines the trial and some of the media attention it generated. Read more →
    News Mary-Crooks How gotcha moments fed a fully-baked conspiracy Recently, an article appeared on the website ‘News Weekly’ entitled ‘How feminists defeated Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella’, written by Patrick J. Byrne, which the tagline… Read more →
    News gosford Peppa Pig, Piers and the PM The national broadcaster is in the firing line, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott even going so far as to suggest the public institution is unpatriotic.… Read more →
    News chilcare pic Child Care Cuts Amy Gray looks at the cuts to childcare workers and why this sends a disturbing message to women. Read more →
    News Tanja-Kovac-Headshot Abortion Law Reform – State of Play Tanja Kovac looks at the state of play with abortion law reform around the country. Read more →
    News newjust A ‘Reasonable’ Response? Homicide Law Reform Impacts Approximately a quarter of homicides in Australia involve intimate partners, and the majority of these involve men killing female partners (Chan & Payne 2013, Mouzos… Read more →
    News Wayne Rethinking Out of Home Care Wayne Chamley has played a critical role in helping establish a Royal Commission into Child Abuse. As an advocate with the organisation Broken Rites, Wayne… Read more →
    News JanetPowell_Dec2007 Vale Janet Powell Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women's Trust, pays tribute to the inspirational politician Janet Powell, who passed away last month. Read more →
    News Tony Abbott Tony Abbott – Not Just a Daggy Dad Tanja Kovac‘s last piece  exploring the narrative of women in leadership (in particular Julia Gillard) generated a lot of interest. In this follow up piece,… Read more →
    News Abbott Government Sworn In At Government House The Myth of Meritocracy Prime Minister Tony Abbott was sworn in a couple of days ago, along with his new Cabinet, which takes Australia’s federal political representation of women… Read more →
    News Kathleen Maltzahn Vale Elisabeth Wynhausen Kathleen Maltzahn pays tribute to groundbreaking Australian journalist and author Elisabeth Wynhausen... Read more →
    News Holbrook_Julia_Gillard_001 The Gillard Myth: Searching for the ‘She-ro’ Lawyer and Emily’s List National Co-Convenor Tanja Kovac asks us to start thinking about the way various narratives shape our perceptions of leaders. The fact that we are so unused to women in powerful political roles suggests a broader cultural incapacity to characterise women in leadership positions ... Read more →
    News OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Snapshot of 2013 Candidates We are in the midst of a federal election campaign, and to highlight what’s been happening on the hustings, we emailed questions to a number… Read more →
    News emily2-162x222 Are we really still talking about this? Emily Lee-Ack sheds light on a recent survey into the availability of contraception, buy viagra family planning and reproductive services in rural areas. Unfortunately, cialis… Read more →
    News Stalking_Julia_Gillard The Stalking of Julia Gillard Kerry-Anne Walsh’s new book The Stalking of Julia Gillard describes one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history.  It documents how Australia’s first… Read more →
    News clementine-bio Sexual Danger: Women’s Constant Emotional Lodger Jill Meagher’s rape and murder last year in the suburb of Brunswick, Melbourne, gripped the nation. Yesterday, her killer was sentenced. For this edition of… Read more →
    News Ted photo Women, Footy and Family Ted Hopkins on the role of females in Australian Football & AFL - and what makes footy so special and unique in this part of the world. Read more →
    News slutwalk edmonton Victim blaming a thing of the past? Research suggests otherwise University of Melbourne academic Violeta Politoff has been investigating Australian media representations of violence against women. Her research suggests we have not progressed past ‘victim… Read more →
    News Night Games cover final (3) Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport Black Inc Books has recently published leading Australian writer Anna Krien‘s highly anticipated book about sex, consent and power. In Night Games, Anna follows the… Read more →
    News Things I Didn't Expect Hi-Res Things I Didn’t Expect When Monica Dux found herself pregnant with her first child, she was dismayed to find it was an adventure in physical discomfort, unachievable ideals, kooky… Read more →
    News deanne We Say Sorry Last month Prime Minister Julia Gillard provided a moving apology on forced adoptions (a speech which was unfortunately overshadowed by party politicking). In this edition… Read more →
    News margo Citizen Journos Unite! Veteran political journalist and author Margo Kingston is back! And just in the nick of time with an election year upon us. After some time… Read more →
    News Documentary Launch Firefoxes – Women Rising Together Kate Riddell is one of the founders of ‘Firefoxes Australia’, a group of women who came together following Victoria’s 2009 Black Saturday bush fire tragedy,… Read more →
    News catherineandsteve A ‘Battered’ Profession For some time, teaching - a female-dominated profession - has been underpaid, undervalued, and criticised from all quarters. Teachers Catherine Scott and Stephen Dinham respond to the critics, and suggest ways for other teachers to respond. Read more →
    News hat cornischong at Ib.wikipedia Many Different Hats Maribel Steel provides a highly personalised account of a ‘day in the life’ of someone with vision impairment. We thank Maribel for providing the words… Read more →
    News Disclaimer We aim to publish a variety of views on important social issues. Please note, cialis the views published on Sheilas are the author’s and not… Read more →
    News Professor Davis delivering the 2012 NAARM Oration. Image - Melbourne University website An Alternative Framework for Re-Imagining Self-Determination Last month, Professor Megan Davis delivered Melbourne University's 2012 NAARM Oration, in which she examines the limitations of self-determination and offers a way forward which will better serve Aboriginal women. Read more →
    News Violet Lambert resized To Go Further Than Where You Started… The following is an edited version of Pamela Robinson’s keynote speech on ‘Women and Leadership’ from the 2012 Parks and Leisure Australia Conference in Newcastle.… Read more →
    News clementine bio Emerging from the Wilderness: Feminism 2012 Feminism is back! Clementine Ford discusses the movement's dormant decade and the fortuitous events leading up to a 2012 revival - including, of course, that speech. Read more →
    News high school vintage An Open Letter to Students in Australian Schools Adam Smith laments the current state of school education with an 'Open Letter to Students in Australian Schools'. Read more →
    News photo danielle tyson Provocation and Narratives of Victim Blaming In this piece, Monash University's Dr Danielle Tyson looks at the history of the defence of provocation and its use around Australia. She also points to her recently published book 'Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation' (Routledge). Read more →
    News Beth Apr 2012-2 Questioning Cancer Quacks Coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Victoria's Health Services Commisioner Beth Wilson writes on the dangers of 'cancer quacks' and Victoria's need for stronger preventative legislation. Read more →
    News BL12_deveny_08-157 Raising Emotionally Articulate Boys In this piece for Sheilas, writer, comedian, author and social commentator Catherine Deveny looks at the processes involved in raising emotionally articulate boys - a topic she's quite an expert on, with three sons of her own. Read more →
    News Pampy.jpg Gender Mainstreaming & Other Paris Hilton Insights Pamposh Verma is a young medical student also undertaking a Diploma of Liberal Arts in Gender Studies. A version of this piece initially appeared in… Read more →
    News Disclaimer We aim to publish a variety of views on important social issues.Please note, cialis the views published on Sheilas are the author’s and not necessarily… Read more →
    News 450px-Australia_Cairns_12 Unpacking the Carbon Price Package ClimateWorks Australia has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the Carbon Price Package. Their Executive Director Anna Skarbek provides this timely analysis outlining the impacts of the Package, and what more needs to be done in creating a cleaner, more energy-efficient Australia. Read more →
    News 800px-Boulia-outback-queensland-australia De-Myth-Defying Rural Australia Emily Lee-Ack moved from metropolitan Melbourne to Victoria's South-West in 2006. In this piece, she de-myths some common assumptions city dwellers have in regard to our regional counterparts... and discovers some good coffee along the way. Read more →
    News by photographer In the Name of the Father Lawyer Viv Waller (representing victims of the Christian Brothers) examines the sinister realities of child sex abuse - the offences, the cover-ups and the untold damage done. Read more →
    News Pursuing Complaints of Workplace Sexual Harassment Academics Sarah Charlesworth and Paula McDonald have conducted a study providing a rare glimpse into formal workplace sexual harrassment complaints. Their research outlines the types of sexual harrassment reported and complaint outcomes. In this piece, Sara and Paula share some of the real stories they have encountered and outline findings from their report. Read more →