Hi there feminausts, how are you all? Survive Melbourne Cup day? I spent the whole day not doing anything to do with the Cup. It was very satisfying. And here’s a snidely written piece by Marieke Hardy explaining why she doesn’t like the Cup either.
‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ Award
In much more exciting news – THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! Helpfully, the internet has summed up how women were treated in the election campaign with a collection of gifs. Also, it was made very clear that with the support of key minority groups (such as WOMEN) Obama was re-elected. Jezebel does some wonderful gloating. And here’s a great guide to the newest ladies on the Congress-block! And how can we forget that three states legalised same-sex marriage! WOOOO HOOOO. So happy.
Australian seat at the UN Security Council. We will also have a seat on the board of UN Women (so exciting!).
Jointly developed by the Australian Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre and UN Women, “Side by Side — Women, Peace and Security” explores how the international community has and can meet its commitments on women, peace and security.
Report of the Expert Group Meeting on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls has been released. It’s the result of a whole lot of work done in Bangkok by UN Women, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Women’s Legal Services NSW has responded to the first of four Implementation Plans of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.
Misogyny in Australia
Chrissie Swan talks about the traumatising misogyny she’s put up with over her career.
Iola Mathews, one of the founders of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, writes about the state of sexism in Australian society.
Michelle Smith discusses how nightclubs are exploiting images taken of underage women in order to promote their businesses.
Alecia Simmonds discusses the backlash against women and their children inhabiting public spaces as sexist and selfish.
International News Desk
Mona Elthaway discusses the sexual harassment Egyptian women experience EVERY DAY.
A is for Awesome. Get involved in this fantastic campaign to give women back their vaginas (so to speak).
Creativity and feminist action
Honda released a car for women. Just one. A pink one. This is how the internet responded.
Jana Romanova started a project ‘What to Do When All Your Friends Start Making Babies‘.
Demand the Impossible is making waves in the UK as it tries to educate the next wave of political activists.
Angela Berners-Wilson talks about being the first female priest in England. Ladies, we need feminists everywhere!