Posts in: Radical Women

Water is a feminist issue

Summer/Autumn 2007

Victoria burning, Melburnians choking from the smoke, parched land everywhere. This is life in the southeast corner of the earth’s driest continent. Across the Pacific, on the U.S.-Canadian border, pre-Christmas storms flooded homes, cut power and blocked main roads. On Christmas day, post-tsunami Aceh and North Sumatra were once again under water and mud. These… Read more »

Fijian feminist Shamima Ali: Moving beyond band-aid feminism

Summer/Autumn 2007

Shamima Ali is an Indo-Fijian feminist activist who works with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC). She visitied Melbourne recently to participate in the Second Latin American and Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering. Prior to the recent coup in Fiji, Alison Thorne caught up with her for Radical Women. The FWCC was established in 1984. The… Read more »

Young Women’s Prognosis for Feminism: Alive, Kicking and Life-saving!

Summer/Autumn 2008

The Australian newspaper’s contribution to International Women’s Day this year was this article: “What young women want: Feminism is dead, or at least in desperate need of an extreme makeover.” An IWD forum launching a fight to decriminalise abortion in Victoria demonstrated anything but! Co-sponsored by Radical Women and Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Rights, the… Read more »

Victoria’s health workers and teachers give lessons on how to fight WorkChoices

Summer/Autumn 2008

Women workers are leading the resistance! Paid far less than their counterparts in the rest of Australia, nurses, allied health workers and teachers have ignited a spark in the union movement. They are showing other unionists, battered by Howard’s vicious anti-union legislation, the how and why of sheer defiance. Victoria’s nurses and teachers saw out… Read more »

Australia’s first woman Governor-General: Make her the last!

Winter/Spring 2008

In April, Prime Minister Rudd named Quentin Bryce as the first woman to hold the position of Governor-General in its 107-year existence. The constitutional powers of the G-G are to exercise the authority of the British Queen, although both act on the advice of the Australian government. Now this anachronistic vice-regal office, a bastion of… Read more »

Review: A Pleasing View

Winter/Spring 2008

The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers by Mathew Hays. Arsenal Pup Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55152-220-3. 384 pages. The View from Here is rich in its diversity. Mathew Hays, a film critic and author with the Montreal Mirror since 1993, conducts 32 interviews with directors and screenwriters about their work. He gives… Read more »

Abortion Rights in Victoria are within reach – Pro-choice action is crucial

Winter/Spring 2008

By November this year, Victorians will have new abortion laws. For the first time in 50 years, women and their doctors will no longer face possible imprisonment, as stated in the state’s 1958 Crimes Act. Abortion might become the woman’s decision. But whether, or how much, the new laws will progress beyond the status quo… Read more »

Save Childcare: Make it free, under community and worker control!

Summer/Autumn 2009

Commentators have pondered how the world’s biggest childcare company, ABC Learning Centres, could collapse so spectacularly. They should be asking: “Why is childcare treated like a business?” Last August, when ABC Learning went bust, the Rudd government handed the bankruptcy receiver $22 million to avoid a catastrophic shutdown of the childcare sector. In December, it… Read more »