What’s on at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

Date: 07 March 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC

07 March 2019

FO[R]EPAST – BYO picnic dinner on the eve of International Women’s Day

Date/Time Date(s) - 07 February 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location
Queen Victoria Women
Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Soft drinks and nibbles provided but BYO friends and food to share Admission is free, bookings are encouraged via https://www.trybooking.com/468608. Bring a plate and settle in for a chat. We want you to have fun in the spirit of this year's IWD theme #balanceforbetter and we hope to stimulate discussion about the contemporary role of a women’s centre. FO[R]EPAST is a BYO picnic at tables, indoors (bring ideas and food to share) in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).   In the spirit of a picnic, guests/participants are encouraged to bring some food for themselves and/or to share but we will also provide snacks and drinks.  The picnic will be facilitated by  Jamie Lewis (https://jamielewis.com.au/) with individual table hosts including:
    • Van Badham, QVWCT Chair, public intellectual and playwright
    • Dr Suzanne Crowe AM, scientist & public health specialist
    • Jenna Davey-Burns, QVWC Trustee, gender and human rights policy specialist
    • Kath Duncan, disability advocate, artist & academic
    • Amy Gray, writer, feminist, thinker
    • Kagi Kowa , artist & ASRC advocate with lived experience as a refugee
    • Virginia Lovett,  Executive Director of Melbourne Theatre Company
    • Jo Porter, CEO of QVWC
    • Giulia Savio, Principal – Diversity & Inclusion
of Newcrest Mining Limited
    • others TBC
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Date: 06 March 2019
Time: 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC

06 March 2019

Lunchtime conversation with best-selling author Leta Hong Fincher & Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

As part the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre celebrations to mark International Women’s Day, Leta Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, will feature in a free lunchtime conversation with Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Associate Editor of crikey.com on March 6. The lunchtime talk is one of a number of free events during the week for the Centre.  Admission is free but bookings are strongly encouraged https://www.trybooking.com/BAPEQ On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students, civil rights lawyers, labour activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s urban, educated women. In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses a unique challenge to China’s authoritarian regime today. Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Leta Hong Fincher illuminates both the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as one of the Feminist Five wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness now finding expression through the #MeToo movement, and describing how the Chinese government has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world. Leta Hong Fincher has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, BBC, CNN and others. She won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for her China reporting. Fluent in Mandarin, Leta is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University's Department of Sociology in Beijing. She has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honours from Harvard University. Betraying Big Brother (Verso), is Leta’s second book and was named one of the best books of 2018 by Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Bitch Media, Foreign Policy Interrupted and Autostraddle. Leta's first book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed 2014), was named one of the top 5 China books of 2014 by the Asia Society’s ChinaFile, one of the best foreign policy books in 2014 by FP Interrupted and one of the best Asian books of 2014 by Asia House. Leftover Women was named on New Left Review's list of favourite books to read for International Women's Day in 2016 and 2017. Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is Associate Editor of Crikey, writing mainly on politics and the media. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the National Young Writers’ Festival.   Read more
Date: 07 February 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC

07 February 2019

FO[R]EPAST – BYO picnic dinner on the eve of International Women's Day

Bring a plate and settle in for a chat – we want to hear all about how you will celebrate women's achievements on Friday March 8, by calling for a gender-balanced world.  This questions and many, many more will be discussed over two hours during a picnic dinner with dancing. FO[R]EPAST will be facilitated by artist Jamie Lewis who specialises in feeding the art of conversation with food and provocation. Together with  table hosts from a range of professional backgrounds including sports, art, public service, science, and more Jamie will prod, push and smooth discussions about place, places, placemaking in the context of host specialisations, with questions inspired by this year’s IWD theme #BalanceforBetter ... better the balance, better the world. Table hosts include Kath Duncan –stay tuned for updates. Admission is free, bookings are encouraged via https://www.trybooking.com/468608. Soft drinks and nibbles provided but BYO friends and food to share Read more
Date: 28 August 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria

28 August 2018

India’s #MeToo Movement - Melbourne Writers Festival

Deepanjana Pal Indian author and journalist Deepanjana Pal speaks on India’s #MeToo movement and Raya Sarkar’s infamous list of abusive men. What has been the fallout, and where to next? Tickets for this event can be booked via Melbourne Writers' Festival This event is supported by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. Read more
Date: 27 August 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria

27 August 2018

How I Survived: Samantha Maiden & Sally Rugg - Melbourne Writers Festival

Sally Rugg Samantha Maiden is a political journalist and Sally Rugg is an LGBTIQ activist. They’ll speak frankly and openly on how their surprising friendship has steered them through Australia’s marriage equality vote and shared family history. This session contains content related to death and self-harm, sexism and homophobia. Tickets can be bought online via Melbourne Writers Festival. This event is supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Read more
Date: 26 August 2018
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: Deakin Edge - Federation Square
Address: Federation Square
Melbourne, Victoria

26 August 2018

Homecoming Queens - Melbourne Writers Festival

Michelle Law Michelle Law Two of the masterminds behind SBS comedy Homecoming Queens, Corrie Chen and Michelle Law, meet with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who made her acting debut on the show. They chat to Yumi Stynes about making the series in the context of the one thing nobody wanted to talk about: race. Tickets are available online via Melbourne Writers Festival. This event is supported by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. Read more
Date: 26 August 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: Deakin Edge - Federation Square
Address: Federation Square
Melbourne, Victoria

26 August 2018

Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me a Feminist - Melbourne Writers Festival

Maxine Beneba Clarke The path to feminism often begins with the powerful act of discovering the right text at the right time. Feminist writers Neko Case, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Michelle Law, Hollie McNish and Emily Nussbaum nominate the novel that set them alight. Tickets are available via Melbourne Writers Festival. This event is supported by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. Read more
Date: 28 July 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria

28 July 2018

Melbourne Open House @ QVWC

Queen Victoria Women
Open House Melbourne’s July program is so much more than a weekend. Over the month of July, special programs, talks, tours and events will take place across the city; all designed to provide the public with a deeper insight into the forces shaping our city. The Open House Melbourne July Program has become a true festival of architecture and the built environment. With the weekend as the flagship event, July’s programming is an opportunity to delve deeper into the make-up of our city, and to gain knowledge around how we can create a better Melbourne. QVWC is proud to take part in this event and we welcome you to learn more about our heritage building that serves all women in Victoria. Learn more at https://www.openhousemelbourne.org/ Read more
Date: 12 June 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria

12 June 2018

Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright in conversation

Join 2018 Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright and artist, writer and researcher Evelyn Araluen for a special conversation about the process of recording and crafting history that is both intimate and national. Alexis Wright won the 2018 Stella Prize for Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker and entrepreneur Tracker Tilmouth. The book is as much a testament to the powerful role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of an extraordinary man. At this free event, these two remarkable writers will discuss Alexis Wright’s process of crafting this impressive book, the histories that inspire their practice, and their experiences as creative women. This event has booked out - but you can join the waitlist for tickets online.   Read more
Date: 07 March 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Address: 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne,

07 March 2018

International Women's Day Keynote: Tara Moss

Photo by Berndt Sellheim

Tara Moss

With an emphasis on #MeToo, Speaking Out, and Why Women’s Voices Matter, Tara Moss will address the ongoing, widespread under-representation of women in public life, the power of women’s collective voices and the value of women’s stories and voices. Tara will also focus on the importance of self-care in the age of #MeToo and revelations of abuse, harassment and assault. Book your free tickets now online. Read more
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