“Misogyny, sexism … every day in every way”

“Misogyny, sexism … every day in every way” When Julia Gillard stood up in Australian Parliament and called out the casual misogyny of the Leader of the Opposition, and the government itself, she inspired a generation of women to fight back against the...

16 Days – why not 365 days?

16 Days – why not 365 days? The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against...

Slavery in the Suburbs

Slavery in our suburbs: The matrix of marriage, migration and abuse There are so many aspects of domestic abuse we don’t consider or are not aware of.  Hidden amongst the family unit, societal standards and the matrix of marriage.  Community awareness is crucial,...

Thoughts on a Sentence

Thoughts on a Sentence by Chris Hyde So, consider the sentence: ‘She is a victim’. A perfectly normal sentence. I have no issues with the word ‘she’ – even though pronouns are big in certain areas of discussion at the moment – nor the indefinite article...

How do the labels we use change our reality?

Language is inherently imperfect. As humans, we communicate the majority of our experiences with words. These words have connotations that we use to organise concepts into our brains. When we encounter new information, we immediately seek to file it based on our pre-existing understanding of the world.