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Community Event This Friday Promoting Awareness of Domestic Violence and its Impacts

Invitation Friday 7 March 2008

My apologies: I can’t seem to load this invitation. The memorial is this Friday, 7 March, 6.30-8pm at Tahaki Reserve, opposite View Rd, Mt Eden. There will be live music provided by Mahinarangi Tocker and others, and finger food.

The Auckland Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children is a non government coalition established to help improve safety for women and children in Auckland. We are determined to help end domestic violence in our community. One of the ways we want to achieve this is by raising public awareness about domestic violence and its catastrophic impact on women and children. We want to raise awareness through remembrance.

Did you know that in NZ every year on average 14 women and 10 children are killed by a member of their family?

Did you know that in NZ 1 in 3 women report being a victim of physical and or sexual abuse by a current or ex partner throughout their lifetime?

Domestic violence is a crime. Women and children have a right to live free of fear and violence.

Show your support and come along to our community event on 7th March 2008 6.30pm – 8pm at Tahaki Reserve in Mt Eden.

All are welcome.

Please spread the attached invitation as wide as you can. Together we can create change.

PS: Sue Bradford and Christina Pusztay will be on the ‘Good Morning’ programme on TV 1 this Thursday (6th) at 11.48am talking about the Memorial

Part-time position at The Eating Difficulties Education Network (EDEN)

The Eating Difficulties Education Network is looking to appoint a part
time Youth Worker. We seek an enthusiastic, self motivated and committed
person to join our team based in Westmere, Auckland.

EDEN is a community agency working with eating and body image issues and
disordered eating. EDEN holds a strong health promotion and education
focus including a significant youth outreach component and school
programme. EDEN also provides support, counselling and information
services to individuals seeking help. Please see

We are looking to appoint a Youth Worker for 18 – 22 hours per week
(negotiable). This role primarily involves delivering and developing
EDEN’s school-based health promotion programme in Auckland schools and
training educators, teachers and health professionals using the BodyReal
resource. The role requires frequent visits to EDEN-contracted schools and
close liaison with a key staff member in each school.

The ideal applicant will have youth-work related experience, sound
communication and presentation skills, an understanding of eating issues
(and feminist/sociocultural approaches to these), and a commitment to
social change and health promotion.
Preference will be given to those applicants with experience working in
the not for profit sector.

For a job description and application information please contact Louise at
the Eating Difficulties Education Network.
Applications close on 10th March 2008. If possible, there would be an
immediate start.
Phone: 3789039

Have your say! Contribute to the Girltalk Generations Egroup!

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) operates an e-group – Girltalk Generations – which polls women on broad issues to measure their support or opposition and to collect their comments on why they feel the way they do.

Every month the National Council emails questions on a topical issue to those listed in the group. The responses are collated according to the generation the respondents belong to and the results of the poll are published in the Council’s newsletter, The Circular, along with selected comments made by the e-group members. As well, the results are published on the Council’s website:

Everyday Feminism will begin posting the monthly questions for Generation Y (and other generations if there is an interest) for our blog contributors to respond to and discuss with each other in their posts. Generation Y is described here by NCWNZ:

Girltalk – Gen Y
Those born between 1979 and 1999 can be classified as Generation Y, or the Millenials. They are stereotypically tolerant of multiculturalism and internationalism. This generation readily has opinions on gay rights and gender roles, with an increased tolerance of alternative lifestyles. They are the generation influenced by the “Net”, and by commercial brands. This generation has had more access to pharmaceuticals than previous generations and has been termed the “sad generation” by some. Like Generation X, Generation Y has adopted fast foods readily, with resultant obesity being a commonplace problem.


This week saw both John Key and Helen Clark give their state of the nation addresses. Both speeches highlighted areas of concerning youth. The areas focused on were crime, justice and education.

The links to the speeches are:

1. What do you think of the two major political parties’ stance on youth?

Polling Questions: (indicate Yes/No)

2. Would you support modern youth boots camps as a scheme to modify anti-social behaviour? (Please give comments /reasons)

3. Do you think that the policies released on youth (modern boot camps and education/training) will prevent youth crime in anyway? (Please give comments/reasons)

4. Do you think targeting 16-18 year olds is the best use of educational resources? (What alternatives, if any, can you suggest?)

Human Rights Commission Event, 3 December 2007

HRC Flyer

One week away, on Monday 3 December – in the middle of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence which run from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to 10 December, Human Rights Day – a special early evening “Speakers’ Forum” will be hosted by Human Rights Commission.

Dr Neville Robertson and Assoc. Professor Ruth Busch, Waikato University will discuss:
“Living at the Cutting Edge: Women’s experiences of protection orders”

The Human Rights Commission invite you to join them on
Monday the 3rd of December, 5.45pm
at the Human Rights Commission,
Level 10, Tower Centre, 45 Queen St Auckland

Please RSVP to Eileen Burton, or 09 306 2655. Light refreshments will be provided.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, this research project on women’s experiences of protection orders exposes many of the barriers Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika and other women face in protecting themselves and their children from domestic violence. The research pays particular attention to police and judicial responses to domestic violence but also examines the role of social services, family and whanau, immigration authorities, and ethnic and religious communities.

This seminar, in which Neville and Ruth will be highlighting some of the key findings, is aimed at providing Auckland members of the Human Rights Network and any interested people from their own extensive networks, with the opportunity to discuss the findings and ask questions.

Flyer is attached: please circulate widely.


Things to See and Do in Thailand – Floating Markets, Reclining Buddhas and Sex for Sale

Sex tourism is sometimes viewed as a straightforward economic transaction that benefits both parties: the sex tourist and the prostitute. In fact, many people argue that those men who engage the services of a prostitute in places like Thailand and Cambodia are positively enhancing these women’s lives which are otherwise marked by poverty and lack of opportunity. Perhaps this is why the majority of visitors to Bangkok include Pat Pong (the red light district) on their must-see list of tourist attractions. What do you think?


An evening with Louise Nicholas


Celebrate Louise’s courage, her newly published book LOUISE NICHOLAS: MY
and the changes she is bringing about in NZ society.
Louise will be speaking on
Dorothy Winstone Theatre, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School, Howe St, off K’ Rd
Tickets $20 waged, $15.00 unwaged from THE WOMEN’S BOOKSHOP, 105 Ponsonby
Visa & Mastercard bookings accepted by phone (09)3764399, email
or website
A donation from ticket sales will be made to Rape Crisis and to the Auckland
Sexual Abuse Help Foundation

Love Your Body Day, Aotea Square, October 17

The Eating Difficulties Education Network (EDEN) brings you Love Your Body Day (October 17th)

In the current climate there are very few opportunities to celebrate and appreciate our bodies as they are and to acknowledge the beauty and natural diversity of all body shapes and sizes. Research demonstrates that body satisfaction is a key determinant in healthy self esteem and self worth. Combined with positive body image, body satisfaction helps to protect against the development of eating difficulties.

Celebrating LYBD on October 17th 2007 is a positive, engaging and proactive way to raise awareness of these issues and to promote body satisfaction for all regardless of size and shape.

Help EDEN to create debate and awareness, promote body satisfaction and raise funds for our services for eating difficulties by buying and wearing a Love Your Body Day tshirt. Together we can make a stand against stereotypical images of beauty, celebrate body diversity and extend services for those needing support.

Buy a tshirt now

Join us in Aotea Square on Love Your Body Day (Oct 17th) to contribute to our ‘real beauty’ mural. Bring your creativity and make your mark. Wear your LYBD tee to be in to win a spot prize. To find out more about this celebration event visit regularly for updates.

Why Make Your Dreams Weight?

Eating Difficulties Education Network (EDEN)
1 Garnet Road, Westmere
PO Box 78 005
Auckland 1245
New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 3789039 Fax: +64 9 3789393

Celebrate Love Your Body Day and buy a gorgeous LYBD tshirt. Go to to find out more.

A Room of One's Own

It was great to have the opportunity to see Coco Fusco’s performance-lecture “A Room of One’s Own: Women and Power in the New America” yesterday. It’s not often we get a chance to see an internationally renowned performance artist – let alone for free!

I was really pleased to be able to go along with a number of Gender and Politics students. What did you all think of it? What do you think Fusco was saying? What do you think her point was about what happens when women gain entry to overtly masculine institutions, for instance?

I’m looking forward to discussing this further!


Recycle those old lipsticks!! Reduce waste!!

Ok, so you may be surprised to see this on a feminist blog, and to be honest it wasn’t really its ‘green’ credentials that inspired me so much as good old-fashioned thrift and creative fun, but here is a handy hint for making your lipstick go further and invent some new shades into the bargain.

You may not have noticed, but those of you who fork out your hard earned dosh for a lipstick are generally only using about 60% of what you pay for. Next time your lipstick comes to the end of its natural life, scoop out the rest (you’ll be amazed how much) into a small plastic pottle (go to the chemist for these: you can find a set of three with screw-on lids for about $5 at those stands that sell manicure-type products). Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, like you would chocolate, and the lipstick melts. It resets in about 10 seconds and withstands lots of reheating, ideal for combining different shades.