2016 MWF sessions

Our co-curated public events with Melbourne Writers Festival took place 27-28 August.

Muslim Feminism (free) – Sat 27 August, 1pm, Footscray Community Arts Centre

How are Muslim women fighting sexism and working for change? Shakira Hussein and Eliza Vitri Handayani explore the subject in their writing, while psychologist Monique Toohey helps patients access culturally appropriate services. In this session, they dissect the intersection of feminism and Muslim identity.

Winning Women (ticketed) – Saturday 27 August, 2.30pm, Fed Square

Baileys Prize winner Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) and 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things) discuss their acclaimed novels, sources of inspiration, how gender informs their writing and the importance of literary prizes. Host Aviva Tuffield.

Artistic Lives of Women (free) – Sunday 28 Aug, 11.30am, Fed Square

How is creativity in women nurtured – or rejected – in different cultures? Emily Bitto’s The Strays explores creative communities in Melbourne, while Rosalyn D’Mello is an award-winning writer based in India. They dissect cultural attitudes towards creativity and gender in this session.

Feminism Then & Now (ticketed) – Sun 28 August, 1pm, Fed Square

How has feminism evolved over the last 40 years? What legacies have past trailblazers left on the current movement? Seasoned feminist activist and publisher Anne Summers and new generation voice Yassmin Abdel-Magied weigh in on feminism past, present and future. Host Sophie Cunningham.

Feminism Online (free) – Sunday 28 August, 5.30pm, Fed Square

How does the internet foster community and conversation for women? Is writing about your personal life a feminist act? Disability and queer rights activist Jax Jacki Brown and Daily Life columnist Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen talk feminism online with Cristy Clark.

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