Posts in: women & feminism

Reproductive Rights: Report from the trenches in the ongoing war on women’s autonomy

Winter/Spring 2006

Outside Melbourne’s Fertility Control Clinic, a large banner that reads “Women will decide their fate!” stretches along the street. Placards call for free, 24-hour childcare, employer-funded paid maternity leave and equal pay for women. People shout, “Right to Life your name’s a lie, you don’t care if women die.” This is the defence cordon organised… Read more »

Reproductive rights coalition leads offensive against anti-woman onslaught

Winter/Spring 2005

On June 30, 120,000 unionists marched with banners and umbrellas through the centre of Melbourne. Working people — old, young, women, men, queer, straight, of many colours and many pushing prams — choked the main streets to protest the Howard Government’s plans to destroy the union movement and drive down living conditions. Among them were… Read more »

Arundhati Roy’s eloquent answer to the neoliberal spin doctors

Winter/Spring 2005

Arundhati Roy came to prominence when her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the 1996 Booker Prize for literature. She has gone on to write several works of fiction and non-fiction. Roy is an outspoken, internationally popular anti-globalisationist and Indian feminist. Her latest book, The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, is a collection… Read more »

Mass action, not restrictive laws, will stop anti-abortion violence

Winter/Spring 2005

In March, the Victorian Labor Party government foreshadowed legislation to prevent anti-abortionist protesters from approaching within a certain distance of fertility clinics. On several occasions, abortion rights activists from university campuses and Radical Women have defended the clinic. Over the past months, clients and staff of the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne have been… Read more »

Violence against women – A huge problem which demands concrete solutions

Winter/Spring 2005

For anyone who believes that women have equality, here’s a statistic. Domestic violence is the biggest cause of death or disability for Australian women aged between 15 and 44. This data comes from a study released by Access Economics in March this year. Just months before this revelation, in November 2004, a Victorian court found… Read more »

Reta Kaur, anti-war activist, wins her court case

Summer/Autumn 2005

After a trial, which went into a second day, Reta Kaur was found Not Guilty on 24 November 2004 of criminal damage worth $9,080 to two marble statues outside the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne. On March 20, 2003 she had written “The killing has started!” in red paint in a moment of shock and grief… Read more »

Reproductive rights advocate calls for a radical solution to the Bush blues

Summer/Autumn 2005

The following column is adapted from a speech given by Bernadette Logue for Radical Women at a post-election panel discussion held at Seattle Central Community College. Logue is one of the organizers of Seattle RW’s action in defense of reproductive rights on January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision… Read more »

Scrap the sexist defence of provocation!

Summer/Autumn 2005

In July 2003, Julie Ramage told her husband James that she was leaving him. So he killed her. In October 2004, the Victorian Supreme Court jury found him guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because she provoked him. The argument to the court went like this: Julie told him that she was in a relationship with… Read more »

Winning Women’s Rights: A question of reform or revolution?

Summer/Autumn 2005

Two days after the re-election of the Howard Government on October 9, Radical Women hosted a discussion about how to achieve women’s liberation. The election outcome injected a new sense of energy and determination. While participants had encountered gloomy voters, shattered and demoralised by a fourth Howard Government, all had met others who had decided… Read more »