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September 19, 2019

SHEroes

Recently, I started thinking about the female characters that I was exposed to while growing up during the 1980’s and 90’s. At school, we studied books by George Orwell (1984), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), William Golding (Lord of the flies) and lots and lots…

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September 5, 2019

The right to choose

In the 1970’s, 80 women declared themselves criminals due to having had abortions.  Courageously, they took an ad out in a national newspaper, denouncing themselves and calling for abortion to be made legal. Now 50 years on, it’s still classified as illegal to have an…

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August 22, 2019

Culture change

Those of us who work combating domestic violence, or are simply concerned about domestic violence will know that culture change is at the heart of making a significant change. This means changing how boys view girls and how girls view girls. It means changing how…

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August 16, 2019

Boys will be boys – No more

“It was as if liking girl characters made me a joke” says Damian Alexander in the Boredpanda article called ‘Guy Illustrates How Boys Develop Sexism From Seemingly Small Interactions With Adults’. As I read the article and browsed Damian’s comics, I found myself reflecting on a…

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July 31, 2019

Five women to be inspired by

There are so many wonderful, strong, passionate and courageous women out there. However, we don’t often get to hear about how they’re making strides to change our world. Here’s a snapshot of five women who are doing just that, each in their own way. Inspire…

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July 24, 2019

Menstrual activism – 2 part series

This is the second edition in a two-part series. Click here to read the first edition. THE CUP EFFECT (UK, KENYA & MALAWI) The Cup Effect is an organisation raising awareness about the benefits of menstrual cups through CupAware parties in partnership with Bloody Good Period. The parties, mimicking …

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July 17, 2019

Menstrual activism – 2 part series

A new wave of period activism is a-flowin’ (ha) around the world. High on the agenda is tackling period poverty to support the millions of people around the world who can not afford menstrual supplies, promoting sustainable alternatives like reusable menstrual cups in the face…

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July 10, 2019

Learning one stitch at a time

I’ve always been taught to be busy. The busier you are, the more productive you are; it’s almost like a status symbol of worth. In my job as a legal secretary, time is measured in six-minute increments, with lawyers billing their rates every six minutes….

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July 4, 2019

My favourite day so far

Amanda, manager of Liverpool Women’s Health Centre A few weeks ago, the team at Bonnie’s were asked if they would like to organise something for National Reconciliation Week. I had an idea of asking an Aboriginal elder from our local area to take us on…

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June 24, 2019

Stepping into another worker’s shoes

I recently had the opportunity to accompany Bianca, one of our tenancy workers, to the Tenancy Tribunal. A client had accumulated substantial rental arrears and was refusing to engage with Bonnie’s. On the way over, I discovered that the client was someone with whom I…

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June 12, 2019

Emotional Abuse

At Bonnie’s this year, we have been learning a lot about the Safe and Together Addressing Complexity (STACy) model (developed by the Safe and Together Institute) to work effectively with survivors of domestic and family violence. One of the things that I’ve learnt from studying…

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May 30, 2019

Walking together with courage

I grew up in the Parramatta area where there’s a strong connection to the local Aboriginal community. My mother is a librarian and as a young child, she would bring books back from her library. Often these books were Dreamtime stories that explained the creations…

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May 20, 2019

Making small change

Kidz Space at Bonnie’s is a place where kids can come to share and learn about themselves in a safe environment. It’s for kids aged 7-11 who have witnessed domestic violence but haven’t had a chance to speak about it. Kidz Space gives them the…

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May 13, 2019

What it means to be a mother

The Mothering Job © Marian N. Kehrley I watched my Mom fill out an application. I looked at the line that asks about past professions. I thought to myself, that space is too small To write down what she’s been, to cover it all. She was…

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May 3, 2019

What a day – the RAP launch

Almost two years ago, Bonnie’s committed to actively join the journey to reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters. The whole team at Bonnie’s, including our staff and our Board, have been working towards this together since then. The commitment comes…

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