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					1. Acknowledgement of Country                          2
2. Feminist Futures                                    2
3. Venues                                              3
4. Wheelchair access                                   3
5. Transportation between venues                       3
6. Open spaces in the Supper Room                      4
7. Toilets                                             4
8. Stalls                                              4
9. Around the Conference                               4
10. Signing up for workshops                           4
11. Art                                                4
12. Saturday evening food and drinks                   5
13. Grievance procedure                                5
14. Participants‘ Agreement                            5
15. Schedule                                           7
16. Workshops                                          8
17. Workshop descriptions                              11
18. Panellists‘ bios                                   31
19. Thank you                                          34
20. Map                                                36

1. Acknowledgement of Country

The organisers would like to acknowledge that this conference is
being held on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. We
acknowledge that we are meeting on stolen land. Sovereignty has
never been ceded. We recognise the strength, resilience and
capacity of this people and pay our respects to Elders, past, present
and future.

2. Feminist Futures

The Melbourne Feminist Collective welcomes you to Feminist
Futures! Inspired by the F Conference in Sydney in 2010, this
conference aims to provide a safe, supportive and active space for
discussing different strategies to create a feminist future. It is an
open environment for anyone interested in imagining and creating
feminist futures in our community.

In brief, Feminist Futures aims to:

   Raise awareness of a number of key feminist issues.
   Create practical networks and connections across the feminist
    movement and facilitate increased involvement in campaigns and
   Foster respectful debate and discussion around feminist issues.
   Remove the stigma associated with feminism.
   Reach out to women and men who do not currently identify as

Rather than only including speakers that reflect our personal views,
the Collective has chosen to include as broad a range of different
voices as possible. While we believe all these voices are important,
please note that the views expressed by the panellists, workshop
facilitators and participants are not necessarily those of the

3. Venues

The Feminist Futures Conference will be held across two venues:
    1. The North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street,
       North Melbourne
    2. The Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Together they are known as the Arts House. All panels on the
Saturday and Sunday mornings will be held in the main hall of the
North Melbourne Town Hall. All workshops will be held on Saturday
afternoon at the Meat Market.

4. Wheelchair access

Entry to the Main Hall is via the Main Foyer. The Main Foyer is
accessed via stairs from Queensberry St or ramp (suitable for
wheelchair access) from the western lane off Errol St. The Meat
market is at ground level and is therefore fully wheelchair
accessible. The entry is cobblestones and we apologise for any
discomfort this may cause.

5. Transportation between venues

If you require assistance moving between the venues please contact
one of the volunteers who will be able to organise transportation.

6. Open Spaces in the Supper Room

The Supper Room is located below the main hall of the Town Hall. It
will be used as an open space and art exhibit throughout all
activities being held at the Town Hall. There are places to sit down,
relax and take a break from the main activities.

7. Toilets

Female, wheelchair accessible and gender neutral toilets will be
available at both venues of the conference.

8. Stalls

Stalls will be set up in the Meat Market on the Saturday afternoon
and will operate between 2-5.30pm.

9. Around the Conference

There are a number of cafes and a supermarket on Errol St close by
to the Town Hall. Tram 57 runs down Errol St towards the city. Tram
55 runs down Peel St to the East of both venues towards the city.
The closest train station is North Melbourne which is on Railway
Place to the South West of the Town Hall. There is a map on the
back of the program of the surrounding area.

10. Signing up for workshops

Workshop lists will be available downstairs in the Supper Room
during the first tea break where participants can sign up to
workshops they would like to attend on the Saturday afternoon.
Workshops have a maximum capacity of 30 people and will operate
on a first comes first served basis.

11. Feminist Art Futures

Feminist Art Futures: is an exhibition curated by Victoria Bennett
and Clare Rae located in the Supper Room for the duration of the
conference. This exhibit is located in the Supper Room of the Town

Feminist Art Futures explores the ideas and issues surrounding
feminist art practice today, showcasing a selection of works by
emerging Australian artists. Featuring Jessie Angwin, Kiera Brew
Kurec, Catherine Davis, Madeleine Donovan and Hannah Raisin,
these artists draw from the history of feminist art to engage with,
and reinvigorate, contemporary feminist issues.

12. Saturday evening food and drinks

On Saturday evening after the Conference concludes we will be
heading to the Town Hall Hotel at 33 Errol St, North Melbourne for
food and drinks, from 6pm. We would love for you to come along to
meet others and continue discussions.

13. Grievance procedure

If you have any comments and suggestions please write them down
and place them in the suggestions box located in the Town Hall
foyer. The Collective will read and take note of all the comments. If
you have a grievance which cannot be resolved at a local level
please ask one of the volunteers to contact our Grievance Officer.

14. Participants’ Agreement

The Melbourne Feminist Collective has a Participants‘ Agreement, to
which we request that all Conference participants adhere throughout
the Conference and any associated event.

As a participant of the Feminist Futures Conference 2011, I agree:

1. To refrain from being intolerant of someone‘s religious beliefs or
   lack thereof, and from being racist, ageist, sexist, heterosexist,
   transphobic, whorephobic, ableist, classist, sizist, and to refrain
   from any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate

2. That everyone else is entitled to her/his opinion and experience,
   regardless or whether I think it is right or wrong;

3. That I am entitled to my opinion and experience, regardless of
   whether others think it is right or wrong;

4. To listen to everyone's opinions and experience without
   interrupting or arguing afterwards.

5. To discuss, not argue;

6. To use " I statements;"

7. To disclose my opinions and experience without trying to
   convince others that I am right;

8. To share the group's time equally;

9. To respect people‘s physical and emotional boundaries;

10. To always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or
    crossing personal boundaries;

11. To take responsibility for my own safety and get help if I need it;

12. To look out for kids at all times and try not to leave anything
    around that would endanger kids;

13. To respect that the conference space is drug and alcohol free;

14. To participate in the conference grievance procedure when

15. That I am 100% responsible for asking for 100% of what I need,
    100% of the time - and then negotiating; and

16. That I will not disclose outside of the workshop any information
    that other participants disclose about themselves.

If you feel that the Participants‘ Agreement has been breached and
this cannot be resolved at a local level, please speak to a Collective
member or the Grievance Officer.

15. Schedule

Saturday 28th May

Time           Activity
08:45          Registration

09:30          Introduction and Welcome to Country by
               Carolyn Briggs

10:00          Panel 1: Women from the First Nation
               Tracey Bunda, Paola Balla and Rebecca Gerrett-
               Magee will be discussing the need for the feminist
               space to be reinscribed with Aboriginal women‘s
               ways of knowing.

11:00          Tea break (please sign up for workshops
               downstairs in the Supper Room during this time)

11:30          Panel 2: Why Feminism Matters
               Raewyn Connell, Elena Jeffreys, Ludo McFerran and
               Alison Thorne will be discussing what feminism has
               yet to achieve and how we can get there.

13:00          Lunch

14:00          Workshops session 1 (please make your way to
               the Meat Market - see map at back of program)

15:00          Workshops session 2

16:00          Tea break

16:30          Workshops session 3

17:30          End of Day 1 (discussion, food and drinks at the
               Town Hall Hotel, 33 Errol St, North Melbourne from

Sunday 29th May

Time             Activity
08:45            Registration

09:15            Introduction

09:30            Panel 3: Feminism and Intersectionality
                 Joumanah El Matrah, Katrina Fox, Amanda George,
                 and Marisa Sposaro will be discussing the ways in
                 which gender-based oppression intersects with
                 other forms of oppression, including racism,
                 speciesism, classism and ableism.

11:00            Tea break

11:30            Panel 4: Feminist Futures: Visions and
                 Stephen Fisher, Kathleen Maltzahn, Melba,
                 Marginson and Jez Pez will be discussing their
                 visions for creating a feminist future.
13:00            Closing Address

13:15            End of Conference

16. Workshops

Workshop Session 1

1.   Georgina Abrahams,      Depression is a feminist issue - our rage
     Creative Womyn          and creativity
     Down Under
2.   Barbary Clarke,         Age gap? Who benefits from an age gap
     Victorian Gay and       between feminists?
     Lesbian Rights Lobby
3.   Lisa Darmanin,          Women campaigning for equal pay –
     Australian Services     social and community services case
     Union                   study
4.   Annemarie Ferguson,     An exercise in trust
     Women‘s Circus
5.   Katrina Fox, The        Speciesism: Where is our feminist

     Scavenger                 consciousness on animal rights?

6.   Nina Funnell, NSW         Breaking the code: how should feminists
     Rape Crisis Centre        intervene in the NRL and other sporting
7.   Radical Women             Reproductive Justice - How are we going
                               to get it?
8.   Clare Rae and             Feminist Art Futures
     Victoria Bennett
9.   Danielle Prendergast,     Multiculturalism and feminism: who
     Young UN Women            should surrender to whom?
10   Joseph Gelfer, School     The conspiracy of masculinity: new
     of Political and Social   answers to old problems
     Inquiry, Monash
11   Ryan Sparkleby and        GenderQuake: Disrupting Privilege within
     Hunter HeapsGood,         Feminist Movements
     Still Fierce!

Workshop Session 2

1.   Tricia Szirom and Dr      Feminist thought in spiritual expression
     Jenny Cameron,
     Gaia's Garden
2.   Jo Crawford,              Engendering poverty measurement
     Development Agency
3.   Mary Merkenich,           Making unions work for us – sisters are
     elected Australian        doin' it for themselves!
     Education Union
     State Councillor
4.   Jean Taylor               Stroppy Dykes: 40 years of radical
                               lesbian feminist activism
5.   Pro Choice Action         Activating the pro-choice majority.
     Collective                Rebuilding activism for abortion rights
6.   Kim Bullimore,            Feminism, Queer Politics and Palestine:
     International             Why Palestine and the boycott,
     Women's Peace             divestment and sanctions (BDS)

     Service                 campaign for Palestinian self-
                             determination and human rights is a
                             feminist and queer issue
7.   Tanja Kovac, EMILY's    Progressive debate framing and
     List Australia          gendered language
8.   Project Respect         A feminist analysis of the sex industry -
                             the realities of working with women
9.   Bridie Lilley and       UNHEARD, a GLBTI youth zine project
     Loren Grayson
10   Fiona Hill, Chadstone   Desecration of Sacred Space: Australian
     Baptist Church          churches and complicity in abuse

Workshop Session 3

1.   Scarlet Alliance        Myths and realities of sex work
2.   Sally Goldner,          Questioning the Question: checking
     Transgender Victoria    assumptions re sex and gender
3.   Naomi Crafti, Eating    Is 'fat' still a feminist issue?: the fat
     Disorders Foundation    acceptance movement
     of Victoria
4.   Carolyn Worth and       How evil is Facebook? An exploration of
     Juliet Summers,         the new information and communication
     South Eastern Centre    technologies and the implications for
     Against Sexual          women
5.   Casey Jenkins,          Feminism and semantics: when words
     Femme Fight Club        ought to be minced
6.   Jeannette Hourani       The VIRWC‘s model for building links
     and Dalal Samaan,       amongst women
     Victorian Immigrant
     and Refugee
     Women‘s Coalition
7.   Fiona Taylor and        What might feminist parenting look like?
     Ginny McKinnon
8.   Ludo McFerran,          Not statistically significant? Women's
     Australian Domestic     poverty over a lifetime
     and Family Violence
9.   Mary Micaleff and       Why stopping Aboriginal deaths in
     Tamar Hopkins,          custody is a feminist issue
     Indigenous Social

      Justice Association
10    Jo Tenner, Women's          Climate change and the challenge it
      Environment Network         poses to feminism
11    Margarita Windisch,         21st century porn - a key site of
      Socialist Alliance          women‘s oppression?

17. Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Session 1

Presenter                      Synopsis
Georgina Abrahams has          Depression is a feminist issue - our rage
been a hyper-activist for      and creativity
over 30 years and              This workshop delivers a powerful message –
identifies as a lesbian eco-   your anger can become the foundation for
feminist. She works with       personal change and inspired empowerment.
women in crisis, especially    Many women feel excluded, ignored, shamed,
women out of prison and        abandoned or powerless. Anger grows as our
homeless women. Her            needs and desires go unrecognised. Trained
work and personal life is      from infancy to be good, women are adept at
informed by Eastern            masking our rage, frequently behind depression,
spiritual philosophy, grass    anxiety, chronic fatigue, control or self-harm.
roots political action and     Our movement out of depression begins with
women‘s life studies.          accepting our justifiable rage.
Georgina believes that as      Fortunately a new generation of angry girls and
feminists we are all           women are emerging, armed with humour,
worthy of peace of mind,       insight and creative political acts. Women‘s rage
peace on earth and a           has seized the microphone and is demanding a
piece of the action.           hearing. Tired of being discounted, our rage has
Georgina is a Producer /       exposed and fought sex abuse and harassment,
Director of Creative           helped women leave toxic relationships and
Womyn Down Under, a            initiated conferences such as this one. With
community resource             conversations, exercises and reflections,
connecting women with          participants will better understand their mental
creative expression. Her       and emotional wellbeing and what fulfils us in
major event in 2011 is         order to help heal rage masquerading as
―Lesbians in the House‖ a      depression.
gala night at the Sydney
Opera House on 10 July at
the end of a big weekend
of lesbian events.

Barbary Clarke:              Age gap? Who benefits from an age gap
Although she was a late      between feminists?
bloomer, when it comes       Rarely do women from across the lifespan sit
both to feminism and         down together and just talk about their life
lesbianism, Barbary Clarke   experiences. Ageism and stereotyping go both
has hit the ground running   ways. This will be a facilitated space where that
and made up for a lot of     discussion can happen. The hope is that we will
lost time. She's active on   all discover many more similarities than the
the committee of the         differences that divide us.
Victorian Gay and Lesbian
Rights Lobby and on a
number of lesbian
feminist, human rights,
indigenous and
environmental issues. In
her spare time, she's
doing a PhD on women's
experiences and
perceptions of life-
threatening illness.
Lisa Darmanin is             Women campaigning for equal pay – social
Assistant Branch Secretary   and community services case study
of the ASU. The ASU is the   This workshop will provide a broad overview of
largest union working in     the current national equal pay campaign being
the social and community     run by community sector workers and their
services sector.             union, the Australian Services Union (ASU).
                             Community Sector workers are undervalued and
                             underpaid and not properly respected. Their
                             work has traditionally been seen as ―women‘s
                             work‖ and their wages have been restricted as a
                             result. In 2010, Unions led by the ASU and
                             supported by the ACTU lodged a test case in Fair
                             Work Australia using the new Equal
                             Remuneration Laws embedded in the Fair Work
                             Act. The case will impact the working lives of
                             about 200,000 community workers.
                             The Community Sector is largely reliant on
                             Government funding to run its essential services
                             and to pay the wages of the workers. Winning
                             the case will prove that these workers are
                             undervalued – but, the case outcome alone will
                             not correct the injustice. Workers need the
                             Government to fund the outcome of the case to
                             make Equal Pay a reality. If successful, this
                             campaign is set to make history. This workshop
                             will cover some detail on the case itself, as well
                             as the organising campaign run throughout the

                               sector and in the community against
                               governments and employers who have been
                               unwilling to pay up.
Annemarie Ferguson             An exercise in trust
has been Outreach              This workshop will cover:
Director for Women‘s           ● Organisational history of Women‘s Circus;
Circus since 2008. She         ● Information on outreach;
holds an Associate             ● Data of groups;
Diploma in Community           ● Funding landscape;
Development, an
                               ● Mental health & the arts
Advanced Diploma in
Business Management, an
                               ● Key to Women‘s Circus Success; and
Associate Diploma in           ● Evidence based research/evaluation
Small Company and                  methodology
Community Theatre and is
a Registered Nurse. She
has been the Senior
Program Worker at Out
Doors Inc (Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Support
Service) and a circus
Facilitator/Assistant for
the past 4 years. As a
Women‘s Circus member
for 7 years she has been
involved with the
implementation, delivery
and development of circus
programs to a variety of
different groups.
Katrina Fox is a freelance     Speciesism: Where is our feminist
journalist who writes on       consciousness on animal rights?
the topics of sex and          The intersectionality of animal rights/speciesism
gender diversity, sexuality,   often gets left off the feminist agenda, and
gender politics and animal     animal rights issues only ever come up in
advocacy. She currently        mainstream feminist media and blogosphere
writes regular opinion         when it‘s to criticise PETA ads (even though
pieces for ABC‘s The           many of them are problematic). How can we
Drum/Unleashed website.        change this? This workshop will cover:
She has written                ● Introduction to speciesism and how it relates
extensively for the queer          to feminism.
press locally and              ● Why dairy (and eggs, as well as meat) is a
internationally for more           feminist issue.
than a decade, as well as      ● Brief overview/discussion of the work of
many other mainstream              Carol J Adams whose 20th anniversary

and specialist publications,        version of her seminal book The Sexual
including the Sydney                Politics of Meat was published in September
Morning Herald, Cleo and            2010.
Mindfood. She is the           ● Eco-feminism, where much discussion of
editor of three books on            animal rights has traditionally been placed,
sex and gender diversity,           is not seen as ‗trendy‘ in feminist circles; the
and the editor-in-chief of          issues are secondary to ‗sexy‘ topics like
The Scavenger online                raunch culture and body image. How can we
magazine                            change this?
(        ● Can vegan radical (eco) feminists who are
More information can be             anti-sex-industry and sometimes
found at                            transphobic and vegan sex-positive feminists                  work together? With the progression of the
                                    sex and/or gender diversity liberation
                                    movements, is it time for a ‗new wave‘ of
                                    eco-feminism that‘s trans-friendly and sex
Nina Funnell is a board        Breaking the code: how should feminists
member of the NSW Rape         intervene in the NRL and other sporting
Crisis Centre and a            codes?
member of the Premier's        In 2004, gang rape allegations were made
Council on Preventing          against members of the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Violence Against Women.        After decades of sexist and misogynistic
She has worked as a            incidents involving NRL members, this was the
sexual assault campaigner      straw that broke the camel‘s back. NRL CEO
for a number of years and      David Gallop was presented with a choice: hire a
is currently completing a      team of lawyers and spin-doctors to control the
PhD on sexting and sexual      damage, or hire a team of Australia's leading
education ethics. Nina         feminists who specialise in sexual ethics, sexual
writes regularly for The       assault and education. To everyone's shock they
Sydney Morning Herald          did the latter. So six years on, what's happened?
and The Age on various         Why are players still being charged over sexual
feminist issues and was        assault and glassing incidents? Is change ever
recently awarded the           possible? Should feminists turn their backs
Australian Human Rights        completely on sexist codes? Nina Funnell is one
Commission Individual          of the feminists who trains the players. This
Community award on             workshop is divided into two segments: the first
International Human            segment involves a detailed presentation that
Rights Day 2010. She has       shares the exact exercises given to players and
been running training          how they have responded (the good, the bad,
sessions with the NRL on       and the unforgivable). The second half involves
sexual ethics, consent and     an open discussion (where all opinions are
respect for women over         welcome) about the current feminist response to
the last year.                 the NRL (including the shortcomings and the
                               ethical dilemma of working for an organisation
                               like the NRL) as well as what an ideal feminist
                               response would look like.

Radical Women (RW) is        Reproductive Justice - How are we going to
a socialist feminist,        get it?
grassroots activist          From Victoria to Queensland, the U.S., Mexico,
organization that provides   Argentina and beyond, a well-connected and
a radical voice within the   organised rightwing movement is trying to drive
feminist movement, a         women back into the home. This movement
feminist voice within the    works at every level, from parliament to street
Left, and trains women to    thuggery, to deny women any right to make
be leaders in the            choices about their lives. It fights ferociously
movements for social and     against education about sex and sexuality in
economic justice. It has     schools, free access to contraception,
branches in numerous         reproductive technology and abortion, and queer
United States cities; and    parenting. These same forces stand in the way
Melbourne, Australia.        of society guaranteeing the services and
                             entitlements that women need for genuine
                             choice — childcare, healthcare, housing,
                             education or fully paid parental leave.
                             This workshop will be run by reproductive rights
                             activists who have been involved in winning
                             Victoria‘ s historic legalisation of abortion,
                             countering the current misogynist campaign to
                             overturn this legislation, defending the East
                             Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic and fighting for
                             full reproductive freedom, from abortion rights
                             to decent jobs with equal pay.
                             This interactive workshop is especially for pro-
                             choicers interested in stopping anti-abortion
                             harassment, building a reproductive rights
                             movement that will free us of these woman-
                             haters and bring in reproductive justice for all
                             For more information, contact Radical Women:
                             email, phone
                             03-9388-0062 or check out RW‘s stall at the

Clare Rae is an artist who   Feminist Art Futures
works in photography and     In light of the complex and intertwined history
video to explore gender      between contemporary art and feminism, this
and identity performance.    discussion seeks to explore the challenges and
She recently received an     issues facing this relationship today. Why make
honourable mention in the    feminist art at this time? How do we as artists,
2010 William and Winifred    curators and viewers compete with growing
Bowness prize, and in        apathy towards feminism? A panel of prominent
2009 won the CCP/Colour      Melbourne artists and curators will explore these
Factory award.               issues and more.

Victoria Bennett is a
Melbourne based curator
and art lady. Her work
focuses on collaboration
with an emphasis on
multi-disciplinary practice.
Her projects have received
support from Arts Victoria,
the Australia Council and
the City of Melbourne. She
recently mounted a large
scale exhibition at West
Space for the 2010 Next
Wave Festival.

Danielle Prendergast,          Multiculturalism and feminism: who should
Young UN Women                 surrender to whom?
Melbourne                      Australia has long been proud about the place of
Young UN Women                 multiculturalism in our society. Multiculturalism
Australia – Melbourne is a     compliments one of Australia‘s national
diverse network of young       characteristics of giving people a ‗fair go‘ and is
people committed to            presented with a national smugness at being
promoting gender equality      better at assimilating multiple cultures into our
and the advancement of         own than the UK. Despite the national veneer,
women worldwide. Young         the debate surrounding multiculturalism in
UN Women Australia –           Australia continues fiercely and often in
Melbourne aims to engage       reference to key events or symbols, such as the
young people in gender         Cronulla riots around Australia Day a few years
and development issues;        ago. Most recently, the multiculturalism debate
develop the leadership         has settled on the shoulders of Muslim women,
capacities of young            and most particularly, women dressed in burqas.
women; raise funds for         Young UN Women Australia – Melbourne
selected UN Women              presents a panel discussion looking at the
projects; and                  competing and, at first glance, incompatible
build a sustainable            principles of multiculturalism and feminism. How
organisation.                  can the vital fight for gender equality
                               comfortably sit with the need to include people
                               of various backgrounds and faiths in the
                               development of modern Australia? And,
                               conversely, how can ‗universal‘ principles of
                               gender equality be promoted and accepted
                               around the culturally diverse globe? Join
                               members of Young UN Women and distinguished
                               guests for a lively discussion of this topic, with
                               the opportunity for questions from the audience.
Dr Joseph Gelfer is a          The conspiracy of masculinity: new
masculinities researcher in    answers to old problems

the School of Political and   It sometimes seems as if the debate over
Social Inquiry at Monash      feminism is stuck in a rut. Feminists have spent
University. His books         decades offering a compelling argument about
include ―Numen, Old Men:      how power operates via patriarchy, and
Contemporary Masculine        advocating for gender equality. At the same
Spiritualities and the        time, men‘s rights activists believe men‘s issues
Problem of Patriarchy‖ and    have been ignored at the expense of women‘s,
―2012: Decoding the           advocating for what they perceive as gender
Countercultural               equality, which often results in a backlash
Apocalypse‖. Joseph is        against feminism. The Masculinity Conspiracy
also editor of Journal of     offers some new answers to old problems by
Men, Masculinities and        viewing patriarchy (partially tongue-in-cheek)
Spirituality. More            via the lens of conspiracy logic, which political
information at:               scientist Michael Barkun claims is characterized         by three assumptions: nothing happens by
                              accident; nothing is as it seems; everything is
                              connected. Rather than simply viewing
                              patriarchy as something men do to women, The
                              Masculinity Conspiracy suggests patriarchy is a
                              power conspiracy which mobilizes men to
                              oppress women, but which paradoxically has
                              little interest in men as individuals. By revealing
                              the nature of the conspiracy it is hoped that men
                              will realize that it is in theirs as well as women‘s
                              interest to overturn patriarchy, recasting the
                              feminist agenda of liberation from a ―women‘s
                              movement‖ to a ―people‘s movement‖.
Ryan Sparkleby is a           GenderQuake: Disrupting Privilege within
trans* queer whore. He        Feminist Movements
likes drinking ice tea and    This workshop aims to explore the ways in which
riding bicycles.              movements and spaces aimed at challenging
                              and subverting oppression often focus on just
Hunter HeapsGood is a         one aspect of marginalisation, a practice which
trans* Gender Studies         leads to ineffective organising and the side-lining
student. Interests include    of intersectional issues. Presenting a trans*
Eurodance and anything        interpretation of binary gender, we argue that
with sequins.                 Feminist movements need to centre a critique of
                              all gender-based oppressions in their organising,
                              rather than attempting to identify which are
                              ―women‘s issues,‖ or indeed attempting to police
                              the border of ―woman/notwoman‖. It is our
                              belief that the hierarchical and binarised
                              organisation of gender norms in Western society
                              is oppressive not only for women, but also for
                              trans* people, non-heterosexuals and femmes.
                              We also recognise that gender is a thread which
                              connects many other oppressions and welcome

                               discussion of the ways in which gender norms
                               intersect with or inflect oppressive
                               understandings of race, ability, colonisation and
                               capital. We therefore see any issue affecting any
                               of these groups as connected, and as
                               women‘s/Feminist issues.
                               We will be speaking on particular topics
                               including aims for the ‗abolition of gender‘, the
                               relationship between pity, guilt and privilege,
                               and ‗right body‘/‘wrong body‘ discourse,
                               however we encourage and hope for group

Workshop Session 2

Tricia Szirom and Dr           Feminist thought in spiritual expression
Jenny Cameron have             Feminism has been the catalyst for a re-
been exploring the links       emergence of women focused spirituality
between feminism and           movements and communities across the world.
spirituality for over thirty   The work of people like Marija Gimbutus and
years. Together they have      Merlin Stone reclaimed women's spiritual
created women centre           leadership in ancient matriarchal civilisations;
ritual, study circles,         Mary Daly, Carol Christ and Zsuzsanna Budapest
workshops and sacred           have reshaped thinking around spiritual
space and are now the          expression; Starhawk and the Reclaiming
co-conveners of Gaia's         community have created a women's spirituality
Garden in Kew. Both have       connected to the sacred Earth Mother and Kathy
visited many of the            Jones in Glastonbury has and The Goddess
sacred sites in Europe,        community is growing faster than almost any
attended conferences and       other faith group with conferences and temples
workshops, read widely         now in UK, Spain, Netherlands, Eastern Europe,
and written on the topic.      South Africa, Australia, USA and South America.
Tricia is the Co-President     Women are finding new ways of expressing their
of the Goddess                 spirituality that speak directly to our experience
Association in Australia.      of the cycles of life and death and our place in
As feminists they are          patriarchal society.
committed to finding
ways to link their spiritual
development to concepts
and processes that affirm
women's lived experience
and draw on history,
modern interpretations,
creativity and imagination
to create meaning in a
patriarchal society which
has imposed a male-

centric religion oppressive
of women for over 5000
Jo Crawford has 25            Engendering poverty measurement
years‘ experience spread      Claims are often made that the majority of those
across government, the        who live in poverty globally are women, but the
not-for-profit sector, in     truth is we can‘t know this for certain based on
universities and as a         existing poverty measures. Current dominant
consultant, with a focus      measures, such as the World Bank‘s International
on international              Poverty Line, or even the new Multidimensional
development, gender           Poverty Index, define and measure poverty as
equality and public policy.   though it were the same thing for women and
She has served on the         men. They leave unrecognized and uncounted
Board and staff of IWDA,      factors that are particularly important in the lives
including a period as         of poor women, such as unpaid household and
Executive Director. Jo‘s      care work, and time. Existing measures also
government experience         provide information about the poverty of
includes some three and       households, not individuals, which effectively
half years with the then      assumes that everyone in a poor household is
Office for the Status of      equally impoverished. If we want a measure of
Women, coordinating the       poverty that is genuinely gender-sensitive and
Women‘s Budget                provides a more accurate picture of who is poor
Statement and                 and in what ways, to inform policy and focus
representing Australia at     resources where we most need them, then we
the UN Commission on          have to assess poverty differently, including by
the Status of Women;          taking into account the views of poor women and
working as a policy           men.
advisor in the
International Division of
the Department of Prime
Minister and Cabinet; and
as Director of the
Governance Group at
AusAID. She currently
divides her time between
two roles ‑ Research and
Policy Adviser at IWDA,
and Research Associate at
the Australian National
University on the
Assessing Development
research project.
Mary Merkenich has            Making unions work for us – sisters are
been a teacher unionist       doin' it for themselves!
for 30 years. She is an       Women have made significant gains by working
elected Australian            through unions. How can we achieve more, in
Education Union (AEU)         particular to improve our working conditions and

State Councilor. She got      pay? Feminists' objectives must include
involved in the Women's       democratization of unions, demanding
Liberation Movement and       transparency and accountability of leaders.
the Women's Abortion          We must smash the 3 myths:
Action Coalition in the 70s   ● That we get what we deserve;
as a high school student.     ● That ―this is the best that we can get";
She has been involved in      ● That some knight in shining armour will fight
numerous other                    for us.
campaigns, including High
School Student Rights,
the Refugee Action
Coalition, the Nuclear
Disarmament Party, For a
Free Secular Palestine
and Teacher's Alliance.
She is a proud feminist
and socialist.
Jean Taylor has been a        Stroppy Dykes: 40 years of radical lesbian
radical lesbian feminist      feminist activism
activist and writer since     Using some of the lesbian feminist highlights in
the 1970s. She is             my book, Brazen Hussies: A Herstory of Radical
currently writing her next    Activism in the Women’s Liberation Movement in
book, Stroppy Dykes:          Victoria 1970 - 1979, as a basis and moving onto
Radical Lesbian Feminist      other research I‘ve been doing on the 1980s and
Activism in Victoria          ‗90s, in particular, I want to stimulate a
During the 1980s, has         discussion around lesbian feminist herstory over
been an active member of      these past four decades in order to promote a
the Victorian Women‘s         basic understanding of where we‘ve been in
Liberation and Lesbian        order to know where we‘re heading.
Feminist Archives since
1984 and is a member of
the Long Breast Press
collective which is
working on producing a
lesbian cookbook.
The Pro-Choice Action         Activating the pro-choice majority.
Collective (PCAC) is a        Rebuilding activism for abortion rights
Brisbane based collective     In October 2010 a Cairns couple were acquitted
formed in 2008 to             on charges brought under Queensland‘s anti-
campaign for the repeal       abortion laws. In the 18 months from when they
of all anti-abortion laws     were charged in April 2009 until the trial they
and for free, safe,           faced the prospect of years in prison; unwanted
accessible abortion on        media attention and scrutiny of their personal
demand!                       decisions and they were forced to move when
www.prochoiceactionqld.o      their house was firebombed (after the Cairns Post
rg                            printed their home address).
                              The outcome of the case has dealt a blow to the

                              anti-abortion laws in Queensland and the agenda
                              of the anti-abortion forces nationally. It sent a
                              clear message: abortion is OK - a young couple
                              decided they wanted an abortion because they
                              were not ready to have a child - a decision made
                              by thousands of women every year. The verdict
                              affirmed the widespread opinion in society that
                              abortion is simply a fact of life. At this workshop
                              we will discuss:
                              ● The ongoing importance of activism for
                                   abortion rights; and
                              ● Lessons from the Queensland campaign and
                                   the possibilities and challenges in rebuilding
                                   activism today.
Kim Bullimore is a long-      Feminism, Queer Politics and Palestine: Why
time feminist, political      Palestine and the boycott, divestment and
activist and anti-racism      sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian
campaigner. Kim is a          self-determination and human rights is a
Murri woman from North        feminist and queer issue
Queensland and is an          In 2005, more than 170 organisations from
active campaigner for         Palestinian civil society issued an international
Australian Indigenous         call for a non-violent campaign of Boycott,
Rights, as well as            Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the
Palestinian self-             state of Israel. Inspired by the struggle of South
determination and human       Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-
rights and other social       initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the
justice issues. For the       framework of international solidarity and
past 6 years, she has         resistance to injustice and oppression and calls
been a volunteer with the     for non-violent punitive measures to be
International Women‘s         maintained until Israel meets its obligation to
Peace Service, the only all   recognise the Palestinian people's inalienable
women international           right to self-determination and fully complies
peace team working on         with international law. This workshop will discuss
the ground in the             the Palestinian struggle for self-determination
Occupied Palestinian          and human rights; what the BDS campaign is all
Territories. Kim writes       about; how we can support and participate in it
regularly on the              and why Palestine and BDS is a feminist and
Palestine-Israel conflict     queer issue.
and recently co-organised
the first national
Australian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions
Conference in support of
Palestine held in
Tanja Kovac is the            Progressive debate framing and gendered
National Co-ordinator of      language

EMILY's List Australia, a    Framing policy debates and winning the battle of
national network of          ideas is important work for progressive women.
women committed to           In this interactive workshop, explore the work of
getting progressive, pro-    American cognitive linguist, Professor George
choice Labor women           Lakoff, whose books Don't Think of an Elephant,
elected to Parliament.       Thinking Points and The Political Mind provide
She is also a writer, poet   ideas for tapping into deeply held values in the
and lawyer. Since leaving    electorate. Debate framing is a technique used
the private legal sector,    with devastating effect by conservatives, but can
she was National Co-         feminists be good at it too?
ordinator and Lobbyist for
a faith-based advocacy
group and established the
Human Rights are Aussie
Rules Project, a unique
education program
teaching children about
human rights through
Project Respect is a         A feminist analysis of the sex industry - the
non-profit, feminist         realities of working with women
community-based              This workshop will involve looking at and
organisation that aims to    acknowledging the ways in which different types
empower and support          of feminism view prostitution. An overview of the
women in the sex             issues for women in prostitution will be provided.
industry including women     The group will be asked to do a structural
trafficked to Australia.     analysis of some case studies of women we work
Established in 1998 we       with, using radical feminist theory.
began as a direct service
conducting outreach and
offering support to
women in the sex
industry across Victoria.
Bridie Lilley and Loren      UNHEARD, a GLBTI youth zine project
Grayson are currently        As part of one of our classes called Social Action,
studying a Bachelor of       we are doing a project to create awareness &
Youth Work at Victoria       collective action. We are creating a zine for
University.                  GLBTI youth, which will promote awareness of
                             issues these young people may have, a voice for
                             their opinions to get heard, & also a resource
                             guide full of facts & places where young people
                             may go if they need help. The workshop aims to
                             discuss identity and individuality issues faced by
                             GLBTI youth, and how creating a zine which is
                             socially inclusive allows these young people to
                             express themselves freely in a safe, accepting
                             and supportive network.

Rev. Dr Fiona Hill is a       Desecration of Sacred Space: Australian
Hebrew Bible researcher       churches and complicity in abuse
and creative writer. She      The feminist movement of the 1970s placed
began her writing career      violence against women and sexual assault
as a freelance feature        squarely on the Australian political agenda.
writer with The Salvation     However, Australian Churches lagged behind for
Army‘s War Cry. She           more than 20 years, resisting development of
worked as a newspaper         complaints procedures. The first sexual
journalist and ABC            abuse complaints against Australian clergy were
Regional Radio producer       only processed in criminal courts in the early
before becoming a             1990s.
Christian Minister. In        Rev. Dr Fiona Hill, an ordained Baptist minister
2009, she completed her       and abuse researcher, argues that
PhD at the Melbourne          Australian‘s tendency to be cynical about
College of Divinity with      organised religion is grounded in our largely
the thesis Disarming the      denied violent history. She says ―Australian
―Bible Bashers‖: Claiming     history certainly has a racist character which
the Bible for Australian      impacts on experiences of abuse within
Abuse Survivors. Her          Australian church communities.‖ Hill therefore
passion for reading           calls for the unmasking of Australian Churches‘
biblical texts in ways that   involvement in strategies that attempted to
bring hope to people have     eradicate, institutionalise and oppress Indigenous
experienced physical and      Australians. The workshop will encourage free-
sexual abuse triggered a      flow conversation to more deeply explore these
love for creative arts.       themes.
Fiona is now community
minister at Chadstone
Baptist Church in
Melbourne. Convinced
that there is enormous
healing potential in the
creative arts, she
established the Noah‘s
Arts Studio on the church
property. The studio
offers art classes to
children and also women
who have experienced
domestic violence.

Workshop Session 3

Scarlet Alliance is the      Myths and realities of sex work
Australian Sex Workers       In this workshop Scarlet Alliance, the Australian
Association, with            Sex Workers Association, will discuss the myths
membership of all the sex    and realities of sex work globally, and welcome
worker organisations         questions, queries and thoughts about the
around Australia,            intersecting causes of sex work and feminism in
standing up for the rights   Australia today. Specifically we will discuss the
of all sex workers to work   proposals to criminalise clients of sex workers in
how and where we want –      Victoria, and why feminists should oppose such
street based, brothel        moves from the Victorian Liberal Government.
based, private, escort,      Scarlet Alliance works in partnership with self
online, in strip shows, in   defined sex worker rights movements in
porn, on sex chat-lines      Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste,
and phone sex, migrant       Indonesia, Fiji, Mongolia, Asia and the Pacific,
sex workers, sex workers     and we welcome discussion and ideas about race,
of all genders and           class, colonialism and English-speaking privilege
sexualities, and all new     in this workshop.
and emerging forms of
sex work and sex worker
identity. We are led,
staffed and volunteer run
by sex workers in
Australia – self defining,
past and present.
Sally Goldner has been       Questioning the Question: checking
out of the gender closet     assumptions re sex and gender
for over 14 years and an     This workshop looks at a number of assumptions
active participant in        regarding sex/gender, how they may have
Melbourne‘s queer            divided the feminist movement and attempts to
community for the last       find ways to end that division.
ten. This includes ongoing
involvement with
TransGender Victoria,
3CR‘s Out of the Pan,
VGLRL, Zoe Belle Gender
Centre and previous
involvement with JOY,
BENT TV, Melbourne
Marching Girls, ALSO
Foundation and Seahorse
Club of Victoria. Outside
of the community, she is
an accountant specialising
in the not-for-profit

Naomi Crafti is a            Is 'fat' still a feminist issue?: the fat
member of the Australian     acceptance movement
Psychological Society        The fat acceptance movement is a grass-roots
College of Counselling       effort to change societal attitudes about people
Psychology, with over 17     who are above average weight. The movement,
years experience working     started in 1969, has gained steam in the last 20
in the area of eating        years, and now includes several activist
disorders and body           organizations.
image. While an academic     The fat acceptance movement argues that fat
at Swinburne University,     people are targets of hatred and discrimination,
Naomi conducted              with women in particular subject to more social
research on body image       pressure to be thin. The movement also argues
and eating disorders, with   that people of all shapes and sizes should accept
a particular focus on        themselves as they are, at any size. It promotes
group therapy for people     "health at any size," which places one's mental
with binge eating            and physical health before physical appearance
disorders. Naomi             and size. The movement's stance is that health
developed, evaluated and     professionals should treat the health problems of
supervised the Mindful       fat people independent of weight. Fat acceptance
Moderate Eating Group        has ties and common ground with the feminist
program at the               movement and, arguably, the civil rights
Swinburne Psychology         movement.
Clinic and trained more      This workshop will provide a brief history of the
than 50 psychologists to     Fat Acceptance Movement, including fat activism
run this program.            in Australia. It will provide evidence to support
Naomi began working as       the philosophy of ‗Health at Every Size‘ as an
the Community                alternative to fad dieting. The workshop will look
Development/Education        at the issues of appearance related discrimination
Officer at EDV in 2009. In   for women and provide ideas for Fat Activism.
this role Naomi enjoys
the opportunity to speak
and interact with a wide
variety of people about
understanding and
managing eating
disorders, enhancing self-
esteem, developing a
positive body image and
celebrating diversity.
Carolyn Worth has been       How evil is Facebook? An exploration of the
the Manager of the South     new information and communication
Eastern Centre Against       technologies and the implications for
Sexual Assault for 18        women
years. Prior to this         Internet violence against women provides a new
position she worked in       challenge. The internet is part of most people‘s
the Family Court of          lives today and this includes our clients. It is not
Australia for 8 ½ years as   all negative. For the small number of people who

a Court Counsellor.          fall prey to predators online there are many more
She is the CASA Forum        who use information and communication
representative on the        technologies to break the silence and disclose
Statewide Committees for     abuse.
Family Violence and          When things go wrong online legal options are
Sexual Assault and the       not always available so what then? This is an
Office of Child Safety       exploration of some e-hate issues. How some
Commissioner‘s               people react to technology and the implications
Consultative Group along     of such abuse.
with a number of other
Statewide Committees.
Ms Worth‘s back ground
was initially the Women‘s
Refuge Movement and
violence against women.
She is Social Work
trained and has
qualifications in business
Juliet Summers spent
10 years working in the
audio visual industry
then gained a BA and
Social Work degree in
1992. In 1997 she co-
founded software
company Young Earth
which specialises in
utilising internet based
technology for social
justice. After trialling a
program of using social
media for sexual abuse
outreach, Juliet was made
a permanent member of
staff at the South Eastern
CASA as an online project
worker running their
cyber outreach services.
She is currently on the
reference group for the
Australian Institute of
Family Studies social
networking project.
Casey Jenkins was born       Feminism and semantics: when words ought
on a boat moored on the      to be minced
Yarra and has been           Examining the necessity of putting the

floating around Melbourne      patriarchal power of language through the
ever since. A writer &         shredder. This workshop will explore the power
schemer she has been           of language and how feminists can redefine it in
responsible for such           order to disarm the patriarchy and tell it how it
pranks as auctioning           should be.
Howard's integrity on
eBay (pulled for being
non-existent), mass-
producing Howard cum-
rags, hooking up bicycles
with bike-mating cards,
spreading lady-love with
cunt fling-ups and
producing events such as
Blasphemy by Candlelight
(festive season fun for
agnostics & atheists),
Abort! Abort! Abort! (kids
robot construction event),
Art Jam (free for all art
orgy) and Femme Fight
Club (friendly free-for-all
female biff-fest).
Jeannette Hourani and          The VIRWC’s model for building links
Dalal Samaan,                  amongst women
Victorian Immigrant            Since its formation in 1998, the Victorian
and Refugee Women’s            Immigrant and Refugee Women‘s Coalition has
Coalition's (VIRWC)            embarked on a journey of building links with
vision is an inclusive, just   mainstream women. This workshop will feature
and peaceful community         stories of successes, disappointments, difficulties
that is characterized by       and opportunities. There are common issues to
respect for the innate         affirm, but there are also many issues where we
dignity of each human          have to have the debates that need to happen
being; the celebration of      before we all progress together in our common
difference; a feeling          fight for equality for women. The VIRWC model
amongst immigrant &            of working with women is grassroots-based and
refugee women of social        is guided by the principles of respect, tolerance,
connection & belonging;        empathy and understanding.
and in which the diverse
contributions of
immigrant & refugee
women are enabled,
supported & recognized.
The mission is to work
collaboratively with

refugee & migrant
women‘s organizations &
groups to meet the
objectives & goals of
those groups & their
Ginny McKinnon and             What might feminist parenting look like?
Fiona Taylor are from          The mums and dads convening this workshop
the Loophole Radical           mostly have babies and toddlers, so the issues
Parents Group.                 we face are relevant to this age group, though
                               we would welcome those with wisdom and
                               interest in older kids. We meet up each week and
                               while our kids play, discuss the many curly
                               questions that arise in our parenting. We'd like
                               for this workshop to address the most pressing
                               questions facing those who attend, and to aid
                               this we'll agree on several themes for discussion
                               at the start of the workshop, what follows are
                               some of the issues we face:
                               ● Issues of attachment parenting: how to
                                    balance our children‘s emotional well-being
                                    with our own needs
                               ● Gender inequality in child-rearing
                               ● Avoiding a return to traditional values after
                               ● Nurturing community for children
                               ● Radical parenting within feminist theory
                               ● How do we raise our kids?
                               ● How do we avoid the commodification of
                                    their childhoods?
Ludo McFerran may              Not statistically significant? Women's
have been active since         poverty over a lifetime
the early 70‘s (early          This workshop will look at the lack of gender
women‘s/gay liberation in      analysis of women‘s poverty including ageism,
England) but she is still      underemployment, labour casualisation, domestic
excited by new ideas and       violence, lack of home security of older women,
is currently working on        all of which results in an accumulation of poverty.
introducing paid leave for     This is not the kind of future second wave
working women                  feminists envisaged in the 1970s. We need to put
experiencing domestic          the relationship of class and the gender gap back
violence. She is critical of   on the gender agenda as we continue the
telescopic vision, a           struggle to achieve freedom and equality for all
product of feminist            women.
specialisation, and
relieved that younger
women are looking again
at the big picture.

Mary Micaleff has a            Why stopping Aboriginal deaths in custody
social work degree and         is a feminist issue
has done a myriad of           Aboriginal women, like all women, are assaulted
work in her lifetime that      on a daily basis. Police and the prison systems
has included both paid         fail the survivors and those who die in numerous
and unpaid work. The           ways including:
unpaid work included the           Failing to enforce domestic violence orders or
raising of children and the         respond to calls for assistance;
associated workload of             Assaulting/harming the victims of violence
fundraising, coaching and           and/or the perpetrators of violence resulting
other assorted                      in minimal or no trust in police by survivors
management skills. She              of violence;
has also done paid and             Maintaining a prison/policing system that
unpaid work with people             brutalises and harms rather than
with different abilities and        rehabilitates perpetrators of violence;
learnt so much about               The fear Indigenous women have reporting
courage and social justice          family violence given rampant police racism
issues from this work.              means the result could be a death in
She has been working in             custody;
the field of family                The leadership role of Aboriginal women as
violence and sexual                 mothers, partners, sisters, aunts, daughters
assault for the last 17             who have lost a loved one in custody and are
years.                              demanding answers/justice. Gail Hickey is
Tamar Hopkins‘ first job            but one inspirational example.
was as a lawyer at the         When an Aboriginal woman dies at the hands of
domestic violence unit of      her partner there are systemic causes that have
the ACT legal Aid Office.      led to this tragedy. Failures on the part of the
She now works in               State that lead to these deaths have led groups
Melbourne with the             to call these deaths ―in custody deaths‖ and to
victims and survivors of       demand coronial inquests to uncover the State‘s
police violence and            responsibility in these deaths. In this workshop
racism.                        we plan to unpack these systemic causes.
Jo Tenner is a qualified       Climate change and the challenge it poses
mechanical engineer, who       to feminism
has also studied and           To date most of the debate related to climate
worked in the fields of        change has been gender blind, this is no less the
agriculture & rural            case in Australia. Climate change is gendered.
development. She has           This workshop will show why a gender
worked for Oxfam, on           perspective is essential to ensure that the society
Mining, Oil and Gas            wide changes that will be a consequence of our
advocacy on behalf of          response to climate change will enhance
communities affected by        women's rights rather than undermine them. All
the activities of              aspects of climate change from policy
multinational companies,       development, program implementation and
she was instrumental in        decision making must include a gender
the establishment of the       perspective.
overseas aid arm of the        You are invited to begin a joint exploration of

Australian Conservation        how the Australian feminist movement can
Foundation where she           engage with these issues to ensure that climate
managed the Cuba Urban         justice includes gender justice.
Agriculture Program and        In addition to this, a feminist analysis of climate
built the Asia Pacific unit.   change can provide a unique and powerful means
Jo was employed as the         to address the challenges it poses to our society,
state parliamentary            this will also be introduced and explored (time
liaison for Victoria‘s peak    permitting).
environment groups (EV,
undertook review of bills
and instigated the
production of annual
budget submissions. She
was a member of NGO
delegations to the U.N.
Earth Summit + 10 and
Copenhagen. In
Copenhagen she was
asked by the women's
caucus to address the
closing plenary of the
Kyoto Protocol working
group (AWG-KP) and
continues to be active
internationally and locally
on the linkages between
gender and climate
change via her research
and role as founder of the
Women's Environment
Network Australia. Jo has
been trained by Al Gore
as a Climate Presenter.

Margarita Windisch             21st century porn - a key site of women’s
teaches Youth and              oppression?
Community Sector work          This workshop will explore the interrelationship
at Victoria University and     between pornography in the 21st century and the
also works for the Sexual      ongoing exploitation of women. We will look at
Assault Crisis Line. She       what factors are at play with the massive
has also worked for the        proliferation of increasingly violent and
Royal Women‘s Hospital         misogynist pornographic material and how it
abortion service and been      affects attitudes in society. Is it true ‗choice‘ and
a committed women‘s            ‗liberation‘ or rather a reflection of increased
rights activist for over 15    commodification of sexuality and ongoing gender
years. Her feminist            stereotyping?

activism has included        I will propose that the mainstreaming of
organising International     ‗pornography‘ and the phenomena of ‗raunch
Women‘s Day, Abortion        culture‘ have not lead to a healthy liberating
Rights and Reclaim the       sexuality but in fact increasingly ‗straight
Night protests, hosting      jacketed‘ sexual behaviour for both men and
seminars and delivering      women. The ‗fake‘ sexualisation of society
papers at conferences on     perpetuates and normalises the idea that women
the wide ranging themes      are foremost sexual objects and that pole
of feminism (such as         dancing, prostitution and work in the porn
‗Women War and Racism‘,      industry should be considered as truly aspiring
‗Women, the Veil and         career choices. The workshop will also look at
Feminism‘). She has also     how we can challenge this trend and work
been a regular contributor   towards a truly liberating society for women ...
to the alternative           and men.
newspaper Green Left
Weekly and stood in local,
state and federal
elections as candidate for
the Socialist Alliance.

18. Panellists

Panel 1: Women from the First Nation

Paola Balla is a Wemba Wemba & Gunditjmara woman, visual
artist, writer, educator and speaker and lectures in the Kyinandoo
Bachelor of Arts program at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic
Unit at Victoria University, and produces Indigenous Programs at
Footscray Community Arts Centre. Paola‘s work centres on exploring
how arts participation is utilised to explore the maintenance of
Indigenous identity in urban spaces in the face of whiteness,
urbanisation and gentrification.

Tracey Bunda is a Ngugi Wakka Wakka woman and Associate
Professor of the Yunggorendi Centre at Flinders University. Tracey's
scholarly expertise extends to Indigenous Higher Education and
Indigenous Knowledges. Her current research investigates transition
matters for Indigenous secondary students into university.

Rebecca Gerrett-Magee is a Yorta Yorta woman currently
employed as Course Coordinator and Lecturer for the Bachelor of
Arts Kyinandoo program at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic
Unit, Victoria University. Rebecca‘s areas of research interest include

whiteness/privilege, critical race theory, contemporary Indigenous
identity and colonialism.

Panel 2 : Why Feminism Matters

Professor Raewyn Connell is a Professor at the University of
Sydney, and internationally known as a theorist of gender and a
founder of modern critical research on masculinities. Her most
recent books are Southern Theory (2007), about social thought
beyond the global metropole; Gender: In World Perspective (2009);
and Confronting Equality (2011), about social science and politics. A
long-term participant in the labour movement and peace movement,
Raewyn is currently a member of Sydney Action for Juarez, a
solidarity group campaigning against femicide (Mexican activists'
term for extreme violence against women).

Elena Jeffreys is a full time sex worker and part time volunteer
President of Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association.
Recently Elena presented 'HIV and Sex Worker Criminalisation in
Australia' at the Bali ICAAP International AIDS Conference (2009),
and at the National Centre for HIV and Social Research conference
(2010). Currently Elena is also heavily involved in supporting the
national Migration Project within Scarlet Alliance, in partnership with
Zi Teng (Chinese migrant sex worker project, Hong Kong) and
Empower Foundation (Thailand).

Ludo McFerran may have been active since the early 1970‘s (early
women‘s/gay liberation in England) but she is still excited by new
ideas and is currently working on introducing paid leave for working
women experiencing domestic violence. She is critical of our
telescopic vision, a product of feminist specialisation, and relieved
that younger women are looking again at the big picture.

Alison Thorne is the Melbourne Organiser for the Freedom Socialist
Party and a workplace delegate for the Community and Public Sector
Union. She won a landmark workplace discrimination case in the
80s, fought union busting in TAFE in the 90s and is currently
coordinating Pay Justice Action, a grassroots campaign to win equal

Panel 3: Feminism and Intersectionality

Joumanah El Matrah is trained as a psychologist and has been
working in the community welfare sector for fifteen years. She is
currently a member of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council
and a board member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human
Rights Commission. She was an invited participant of the Ninth
Annual Global Women‘s Leadership Institute; Realising the Vision of
Women‘s Human Rights: Understanding the Intersections of Racism,
Sexism and Other Oppressions. She is the Executive Director of The
Australian Muslim Women‘s Human Rights Centre, and has published
research and opinion works on Muslim women in Australia.

Katrina Fox is a freelance writer specialising in gender politics, sex,
gender and sexuality diversity and animal rights. She is a human
and animal rights advocate, writes opinion columns for the ABC‘s
The Drum/Unleashed website and is the editor-in-chief of The
Scavenger, a not-for-profit online magazine with a focus on
feminism and social justice. See

Amanda George is a feminist lawyer and anti-prison activist. She
has worked for many years to highlight the futility of prison and its
racist, gendered and classist premise.

Marisa Sposaro is a vision impaired advocate for all women with
disabilities and indeed for all women where reproductive rights are
at stake. She is a member of the organisation Radical Women.
Marisa is a radio broadcaster at 3CR community radio inn
Melbourne Australia. She has also worked with the Indigenous Social
Justice Association who are involved with Aboriginal deaths in
custody, and Anarchist Black Cross Melbourne.

Panel 4: Feminist Futures: Visions and Strategies

Stephen Fisher teaches in the Diplomas of Community
Development and Services at Chisholm Institute, Dandenong. He is
also a PhD candidate at Deakin University investigating the most
effective ways to train men to become advocates for the elimination
of violence against women. He has just completed a Training
Handbook for work with men in the Pacific. He is the father of 14
year old Daisy and 11 year old Luca who are both intrigued by his
interest in masculinity and gender equality.

Kathleen Maltzahn: Kathleen has worked on violence against
women for many years, and was the founding director of Project
Respect (from 1998), which in 2003 spearheaded the successful
campaign to put trafficking in women for prostitution on the national
agenda. She was Executive Director of Women‘s Health in the North,
a regional women‘s health service in Melbourne‘s North, from 2007-
2010, and has also been a Greens councillor at the City of Yarra, and
the Greens candidate for the state seat of Richmond in the 2010
state election.

Melba Marginson is of Filipino background and has worked in the
area of multicultural and women‘s affairs since migrating to Australia
in 1989. She facilitated the formation of women‘s organizations
including the state-wide advocacy body, Victorian Immigrant and
Refugee Women‘s Coalition (VIRWC), which she served as Chair for
9 years. Ms. Marginson now serves as the Executive Director of

Jez Pez is a queer trans man who is based in Melbourne. Jez is the
Editor of DUDE, which is a trans male publication. Jez has also been
actively involved in various community organisations such as the
Trans Melbourne Gender Project and Still Fierce. Jez is also known
for his involvement in performance art and creative projects related
to the positive representation of transmasculine people and culture.

Thank you!

There are many people and organisations who have made this
Conference possible. We‘d like to thank some of them here:

3CR‘s Squatters and Unwaged         Green Left Weekly
Workers Show                        Tait Oosthuizen
Daniel Arnott                       Jarod Pak
Victoria Bennett                    Radical Women
Debbie Brennan                      Clare Rae
City of Melbourne                   Anthea Stutter
City of Melbourne Leader            Margarita Windisch


         North Melbourne Town Hall and Meat Market

Top Right:   Meat Market
Left:        North Melbourne Town Hall
Bottom Left: Town Hall Hotel (Saturday evening drinks venue)


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