Each month we select one of our amazing members to tell us a little about themselves, why they are members of the Y and what they hope for the Y community to achieve.
Gift Box is a tampon company with a heart. It's a one-for-one social enterprise - for every box of organic tampons purchased, a box will be donated to women who are homeless and cannot access sanitary care. Think Tom's Shoes and Who Gives a Crap toilet paper. Instead of the profits of essential products going into big corporations, Gift Box will sell high quality organic tampons in stores and online, and use the profits to gives back to women in need.
A female majority cabinet, Australian Pay Gap Day, H&M's contraversial "feminist" ad campaign and much more in our Feminist news roundup this September!
On September 8th this year will be Australian’s next Pay Gap Day, but many are unclear on what this actually is or what it means. The Australia Pay Gap Day is held on a different day annually, calculated by the number of days from the end of the last financial year (starting on July 1st) that it would take women to earn as much as men. The eventual goal of Pay Gap Day is that an Equal Pay Day will one day be celebrated on June 30, when pay equality for all genders is finally accomplished.
The Thursdays in Black campaign is an international campaign that has long been advocating and raising awareness for the end of violence against women. YWCA Victoria has initiated a local campaign aimed at Victorians to show solidarity with victims of gender violence and to raise funds for YWCA's women's housing and education programs.
We're having some THOUGHTS over here at the Y. Some BIG ONES. As you might know, YWCA started here in Melbourne in 1882 and spread like wildfire throughout the country by the turn of the century. Now, 134 years later, we're considering amalgamation- meaning that we'd be one national entity instead of Y's spread throughout different cities and states. We're considering whether this model would improve our organisation and our work. We're calling this the SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT and we're pretty interested to hear what YOU think. If you're a member, you'll be voting on this at our AGM which goes down on 27 October 2016. We want to hear what you think before then too. Read on for details..