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Women's Rights at Work Festival: 5-9 March

2018-02-22

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Click here to download the full calendar as a PDF or check out the website to RSVP to events here .

ORGANISING GLOBALLY: A FORUM

WHEN: Monday 5th March at 6pm - 8pm
WHERE: MUA Auditorium

46-54 Ireland St
West Melbourne 3003

RSVP HERE

APHEDA and Australian Asia Worker Links are teaming up to bring you a special Women’s Rights at Work forum focusing on organising globally.

There’ll be a panel of speakers, a chance to learn about how unions are organising across the world for women’s rights at work and an opportunity to meet comrades from across the movement.

Join us to learn, take inspiration, and contribute to an important discussion about how we can, and how women are already, Changing The Rules for Working Women. 

Day at The Commission Part One: What is VEOHRC and How Are They Fighting Gendered Violence at Work?

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When: Tuesday 6th March at 11:30 AM
Where: Equal Opportunity Commission 

204 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria 3053

RSVP HERE

Our Day at the Commission is an absolute must for every working woman who has wondered what the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission can actually do to help with gendered violence at work.

Join the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Kristen Hilton and the Chief Executive of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission Catherine Dixon for a panel on the VEOHRC’s powers and purpose  and  a catered lunch. This is the perfect opportunity to meet two of the women are working hard to fight gendered violence at work in Victoria - and to ask them about how they see the fight for stopping gendered violence moving away from a complaints-based model.

This is a great event for Stop Gendered Violence at Work activists, union members and delegates, and working women to learn about how the rules are broken - and how we can better design and use the bodies there to defend us. Best of all, it's  absolutely free. 

Talk to your organiser about how to get study leave, conference leave or union training leave in order to attend if you are rostered on at this time.

Day at The Commission Part Two: How to Use VEOHRC to Stop Gendered Violence at Work Training Session

WHEN: Tuesday 6th March at 2pm - 5pm
WHERE: Equal Opportunity Commission

204 Lygon St
Carlton, Victoria 3053

RSVP HERE

 




Our Day at the Commission is an absolute must for every working woman who has wondered what the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission can actually do to help with gendered violence at work.

We think you'll jump at the chance to participate in an exclusive training session to learn about the Equal Opportunity Act and how it can advance women's rights at work, including dealing with workplace gendered violence.

You'll learn how the Equal Opportunity Act can be a helpful mechanism to address gendered violence at work, and some of the constraints it faces. 

This is a perfect opportunity for Stop Gendered Violence at Work activists, union members and delegates, and working women to learn about how the rules are broken - and how we can better design and use the bodies there to defend us. Best of all, it's  absolutely free. 

Places are limited to 25, so make sure you get in first. 

Talk to your organiser about how to get study leave, conference leave or union training leave in order to attend if you are rostered on at this time.

LGBTIQ WORKER'S RIGHTS CONSULTATION SESSIONS

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When: Tuesday 6th March
Session 1: 11.30am - 1pm RSVP here
Session 2: 5:30pm - 7pm RSVP here

 

Where: Victorian Trades Hall Council, 54 Victoria St, Carlton

 

Together with community organisations and LGBTIQ+ activists, the union movement achieved something massive.

We won marriage equality for all Australians and showed the Turnbull government that the union movement will  always  fight for love, fairness and equality for every Australian. 

But we're not done. There are many more battles ahead for our LGBTIQ+ comrades, and the union movement is going to fight hard alongside our LGBTIQ+ comrades to make sure no worker ever faces discrimination at work, however they identify.

But to do that, we need your help! 

We know that many of the challenges the LGBTIQ+ community face are caused by the same problem that women workers face - a patriarchal system and sexism at large. 

Join us for a special consultation session to help us determine what the challenges are for LGBTIQ+ people at work, how we can best consult with the community about them, and how we can work together to change them, and make sure all workplaces are free from discrimination. 

There'll be pizza and soft drinks provided - all you need to bring are your ideas and enthusiasm! 

FEMINISM IN THE PUB: BEYOND THE #METOO MOVEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

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WHEN: Wednesday 7th March at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: The Clyde Hotel

385 Cardigan St
Carlton, Victoria 3053

More info & RSVP here

Feminism in the Pub is back for another spectacular WRAWFest event! 

Our favourite interactive panel discussion put together entirely by activists is getting ready to discuss how we can collectivize the #MeToo Movement, and what's next for #MeToo in our workplaces. 

We know that over 60% of Victorian working women have experienced gendered violence at work - including staggering instances of sexual harassment. We know the problem. Now, we need to talk about solutions for our workplaces. What's already been tried, what's worked, and what could work. 

We have an incredible line-up of panelists, including: 

1) Lisa Darmanin - first female executive president of the Victorian branch of the ASU.

2) Ro Allen - Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

3) Sharon Davis - an actor, director and workplace activist who can speak directly to sexual harassment and gendered violence at work in the media and entertainment industry. 

Join us as we challenge ourselves to look past the problem we know is massive and widespread to identify practical solutions for how we can together collectivize the #MeToo movement and make sure every workplace is safe for every worker.  

Accessibility:  The Clyde Hotel is a fully disability accessible venue, including accessible toilet facilities for those with mobility challenges. If you are facing other challenges, please let us know and we'll endeavour to remove those barriers within our capacity. 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY RALLY

When: Thursday 8th March at 5:30 PM
Where: State Library, Swanston St, Melbourne CBD

RSVP HERE

The International Women’s Day Rally is on again! Join us to celebrate the achievements working women have made across the many years of our movement, and to make our continued demands heard! 

The rally will begin at State Library, where we’ll hear from several esteemed feminist speakers, before marching through the city together and take over the CBD.

Geelong Women Unionists Network IWD Breakfast

When: Friday, March 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM
Where: Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong

 

GWUN have come together to bring you a packed-full morning with some amazing speakers, including: 

1) Lori-Anne Sharp, the ANMF Federal Assistant Secretary
2) Carmel Heinelt & Elise Fiolet, United Voice Delegates 
3) Jo Hargreaves, ASU delegate.                 


Tickets are $7 unwaged, $15 waged, and $20 solidarity. 

Call 5221 1712 or email gthc@optusnet.com.au for more information

WRAWFest Gala - Closing Night Party

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WHEN:  March 09, 2018 at 6:30pm - 10:30pm
WHERE:  The Clyde Hotel

385 Cardigan St
Carlton, Victoria 3053
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More info & ticket sales here

HACSU WILL SUBSIDISE SEVERAL TICKETS FOR MEMBERS TO ATTEND THE GALA. Contact Amy Jenkins amyj[at]hacsu.asn.au to express your interest.

The annual WRAWFest gala evening celebrates the achievements of working women in unions, and the official close of WRAWFest 2018.

Featuring as the evening's MC will be the incredible and hilarious Monica Dullard, and there’ll be drinks, dinner, feminist speed-dating, and of course, a lot of dancing. Join us to let your hair down, have a party, and celebrate the entire wonderful week of WRAWFest.

It's the Feminist Activist social event of the year, not to be missed! 

Tickets are:
$25 (waged) 

$15 (unwaged/student concession)

 

Accessibility: The Clyde Hotel is a fully disability accessible venue, including accessible toilet facilities for those with mobility challenges. If you are facing other challenges, please let us know and we'll do our best to remove those barriers within our capacity.