Humanitarian aid organisation Islamic Relief Australia has launched a campaign with the Australian National Imams Council to reduce domestic abuse and violence within Australia’s Muslim community.
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has a new gig providing leadership in the global effort to provide the world’s poorest children with a quality education.
Congratulations to 21 year old Jacqueline Freney, the Young Australian of the Year 2014. Jacqueline was chosen for her achievements as a Paralympic swimmer, motivational speaker and inspirational role model for people with disabilities.
Former winners include Ita Buttrose (2013), Geoffrey Rush (2012), Simon McKeon (2011) and Professor Patrick McGorry (2010). But can you pick who will be the 2014 Australian of the Year?
Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten (pictured) says legalising marijuana in Australia is the most effective and immediate way of reducing alcohol-fuelled violence on our city streets. “Too much alcohol makes people aggressive. Too much marijuana puts them to sleep,” said Ms Patten in a statement released to the press this afternoon.
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark were the guests of honour yesterday at the official launch of eSmart Homes, a new cybersafety initiative by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. eSmart Homes is the latest initiative in the eSmart system, which uses a cultural-change approach to teach Australians to be smart, safe and […]
Leading growth strategist and culture specialist Pamela Young (pictured) argues that recent events in Australian politics suggests this country is moving backwards on the issue of diversity and gender equality. Foul play versus passive aggressive excuses: neither strategy will deliver diversity in Australian politics When you contrast Labor’s front bench to the Liberals front bench […]
Plan International will bathe Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station in pink light on Thursday to kick off celebrations around the world for UN International Day of the Girl on October 11. At 8pm on October 10, Seven Network’s Winners and Losers star Melanie Vallejo and Plan CEO Ian Wishart, will be leading a ceremony to switch […]
Tomorrow (1 October) is International Day of Older Persons and this year the theme is The future we want: what older persons are saying. According to Australia’s Council on the Ageing (COTA), Australia’s five and a half million older citizens say they want a future free from discrimination; to be able to participate fully in […]
A private member’s bill giving a foetus the legal status of personhoood due to go before the NSW parliament this month, brings us one step closer towards the criminalisation of abortion. The proposed legislation known as Zoe’s Law, creates the criminal offence of grievous bodily harm to a foetus from 20 weeks gestation, which requires […]
Want to know what Julia Gillard has been up to since she was unceremoniously dumped as Prime Minister? Six days before the Federal Election on September 7th, Ms Gillard, a confirmed atheist, was photographed with church elders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) in Melbourne. Julia Gillard was the guest […]
I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’ve always been a supporter of ‘opt-out’ internet filtering because I genuinely believe it’s the only effective way to prevent children from accessing adult content on the web. But I also acknowledge that most Australians are opposed to any restrictions being placed on internet access. The Coalition’s Policy to […]
We conclude our Women in Politics series with Cate Faehrmann, lead Senate candidate for the Greens in NSW. So if you reside in NSW and vote for the Australian Greens in the Senate at tomorrow’s federal election, this is the lady you’ll be voting for. Cate Faehrmann acknowledges the fact that she took a big […]
When The Australian Financial Review publishes its annual list of 100 Women of Influence next month, some of Australia’s most influential women won’t be on it. Like similar awards given out each year, the 2013 100 Women of Influence awards don’t recognise the contribution made by women in the media. Women like Mia Freedman, Annabel […]
More women than men in Australia continue to work in jobs that provide less security and stability, according to a new report released today by the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Today’s release of Gender Indicators, Australia brings together a variety of ABS and non-ABS data to look at the differences between men and women, […]
The sexy, sensual world of tango is experiencing a shake-up, as same-sex couples compete for the first time in the world championships in Argentina, where the dance was born. The crowds in this traditionally conservative bastion of machismo culture, surprisingly, seem to embrace the change. Enthusiastic cheers and massive applause rang out in a Buenos […]
The blurred line between art and pornography came into focus again this week, when an attempt to censor 18 individual images of vaginas failed to properly conceal the vulva, fueling the debate about body image, censorship and the normalisation of pornography. The University of Sydney student newspaper, Honi Soit made headlines when thousands of printed […]
We continue with our Women in Politics series with the Hon. Teresa Gambaro MP (Liberal), Federal Member for Brisbane, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance and for Citizenship and Settlement. Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro learnt what it meant to have guts long before she went into politics. Her parents, who immigrated to Australia from […]
Next up in our Women in Politics series is Federal Member for Higgins in the House of Representatives, the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP (Liberal). The key message conveyed in Kelly O’Dwyer’s maiden speech in parliament was that of aspiration. In February 2010, the Federal Member for Higgins *Vic) cited the story of her grandparents who […]
I am so angry with Fairfax right now. This morning the Sydney Morning Herald published a story online which may have done irreparable harm to the memory of Hannah Smith, the British teenager who committed suicide after being bullied on the social media site Ask.fm. In a statement released to the media, the social media […]
On 19 August 2013, South African national, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was sworn in as the new Executive Director of UN Women at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the second Executive Director of the organisation created in 2010 to lead the UN’s work on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. […]
Next up in our Women in Politics series is high profile Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young. The Liberal Party have let it be known that the 31 year old Senator is in for the fight of her political life at the next Federal Election on September 7. The first thing you notice about […]
Possibly the most controversial inclusion in our Women in Politics series is Fiona Patten, Senate candidate for Victoria and Leader of the Australian Sex Party. Fiona Patten is regarded by many as the face of the Australian sex industry. As a lobbyist she has represented sex workers, HIV and AIDS sufferers, as well as the […]
Next up in our Women in Politics series, is Senator Bridget McKenzie. Tall and blonde, Ms McKenzie gained unwanted media attention last year when fellow National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce referred to her in the Senate as “a flash bit of kit.” FROM the age of five, an eager Bridget McKenzie would wake up at […]
A comparison of Party policies on income security by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), has put the Australian Greens ahead of the two major parties in addressing poverty, particularly as it relates to sole parents and the unemployed. As part of the national women’s alliances Women-Use your Vote Project the NFAW has compared […]
Today we continue our series Women in Politics, with Michaelia Cash, the Senator for Western Australia (Liberal), who hit the headlines back in June when she attacked Senator Penny Wong for betraying Julia Gillard and ‘the sisterhood’. Despite being in office for just one term, Senator Michaelia Cash, has already proven to be a dynamic […]
Christine Forster, Tony Abbott’s openly gay sister, says the primary reason why the fight for marriage equality has been unsuccessful to date, is electoral expediency. Simply put, both of the major parties are risk averse and worried about alienating swing voters in marginal seats. Despite unprecedented levels of support for gay marriage in the community, […]
The tarnished reputation of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) following several shocking sex scandals, is expected to improve when more women are promoted to senior ranks says Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick. Ms Broderick is leading the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. The ADF and […]
In the latest installment of our Women in Politics series, we gain a little more insight into the Hon Julie Bishop MP (Liberal), Member for Curtin, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. At 38, Julie Bishop had achieved what many young lawyers aspire to […]
In the fourth of our series on Women in Politics, we speak to Leader of the Greens, Senator Christine Milne. Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania and Leader of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected environmental and community activists, with a career spanning 30 years. Undeniably, she has changed the face […]
In the third of our women in politics series we speak to Jenny Macklin MP (ALP), Member for Jagajaga, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform. Can you name the politician with the most influence over the lives of women and their families in the past five years? Few […]
Continuing our series on women in federal politics, we meet the Hon Kate Ellis MP (ALP), Federal Member for Adelaide, Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, Minister for Employment Participation and Minister for the Status of Women. The 43rd Australian Parliament was extraordinary for several reasons but perhaps most notably for how Labor women […]
In the lead up to the Federal Election on 7 September 2013, Australian Women Online will be profiling women from the major political parties in both houses of Federal Parliament. First up is Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm (ALP) and Speaker of the House of Representatives. She campaigned for the introduction of the Do […]
She was happily married, had three beautiful daughters and a home. But as Trish Jenkins was to discover: “While success attracts opportunities. It also attracts opportunists.” Brisbane wife and mother of three, Trish Jenkins (pictured), was a successful entrepreneur with a multi-million dollar investment portfolio, when she began working for currency trader, Brett Best. Trish […]
If you’re a chesty, pretty young woman, there are plenty of media opportunities for you in the UK. Most British tabloid newspapers and lads mags relish praising females for their pins and curves, while ignoring (at best) or hating (at worst) women for their professional or personal achievements. Unlike the Internet, there is no trigger […]
John stalked his ex-partner after they separated. He says he was constantly trying to find her and called her around 30 times a day. James has breached intervention orders by repeatedly contacting and seeing his children and ex-partner. John and James join experts and victims of stalking on the next episode of the Insight program […]
Women in the Labor caucus have come under fire from the ‘sisterhood’ for siding with the men who brought down Julia Gillard. By comparison, the men who actually orchestrated the rise and fall of our first female Prime Minister, got off relatively easy. Senator Penny Wong got the worst of it, with Coalition Senator Michaelia […]
News this morning that Kevin Rudd may reverse cuts made to parenting payments for single parents. The cuts made by the Gillard Government have placed an unnecessary financial burden on single parent families, a fact which must be of concern for our new Deputy PM Anthony Albanese, who was himself raised by a single mother, […]
As Julia Gillard’s car drove past a small crowd gathered outside the official residence of the Governor-General last night, an ABC News reporter approached a woman holding a sign that read “Thank You Julia”. Standing beside her in the cold was a much younger woman, possibly her daughter, holding another sign with the words “From […]
When President Park Geun-hye stepped into South Korea’s Blue House on 25th February, she became the 17th female head of state presiding in the world today. In 2013, we have women at the helm of Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh – some of the world’s largest, most populous and economically successful countries on Earth. We have […]