Friday December 6, 2019

Australia to hold first of its kind ‘Feminist Writers Festival’ at Melbourne in August

The festival aims to break down and challenge the barriers that feminist writers face

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A vintage poster on Feminism. Image source:progressiverags.com
  • Women make up 50% of the population in Australia, but only have 26% representation in parliament
  • In Australia, women on an average make 17.5% less than men
  • The Feminist Writers Festival will be held on August 27 and 28 in Melbourne, Australia

Feminism is a political movement that involves people campaigning for equality granted towards women. In Australia, they have declared a Feminist Writers Festival, and there is much hype around it. There are some appalling facts in regards to feminism in Australia. In Australia, women on average make 17.5% less than men. Women make up 50% of the population in Australia, but only have 26% representation in parliament. Finally, one in three women has experienced sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.

Keeping these facts in mind it is not hard to understand why people are fighting for equality. Many people have spoken out about it. At the Sydney Writers Festival, Gloria Steinem simply stated, “Just don’t ask us if feminism is still relevant.”

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Openly being a feminist writer in today’s world is no easy task. In fact, often times the few and the brave women who declare themselves as such, are ridiculed. This was the case with Clementine Ford. On January 25, Ford innocently tweeted-

“Writing a book is the hardest thing I have ever done. #homestretch”

Funny Feminist Make Me a Sandwich Poster. Image source: zazzle.com.au
Funny Feminist Make Me a Sandwich Poster. Image source: zazzle.com.au

This received almost instant backlash from Gary Orsum, a YouTube user. Orsum opened his YouTube video mocking Ford, claiming her tweet was hilarious. He then found a sewer worker and addressed him as such, “Excuse me mate, um, Clementine Ford’s having a pretty hard time of it. Would you mind letting her do your really cruisy job as a sewer worker for a week, while you take on the hardest job ever in the world of writing a book and stopping whenever you feel like it to make a cup of tea and get on twitter and abuse men?” Unfortunately for Ford and other feminist writers, the video has over nine thousand views and four hundred likes.

For anyone looking to get into feminist writing, this story can leave a daunting impression of the backlash you will receive for even the most innocent of opinions you may have. It is clear that the world has much farther to go in accepting feminist writers, and hopefully, the festival aids in this movement.

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That is just one example of what feminist writers have to deal with. A clear indicator that something must change can actually be found among the main twelve Australian review publications. When looked into, there is a clear bias regarding male reviewers towards male authors.

The festival aims to break down and challenge the barriers that feminist writers face. They are attempting to, “free people from historic boxes” says Cristy Clark, Chair of the Festival. The festival is made up of a diverse group of committee members, Celeste Liddle (aboriginal origin), Maxine Beneba Clarke (Afro-Caribbean), and Shakira Hussein (Pakistani). Each woman, although having different roots, sets out with the goal to challenge the conventional way people tend to think about writers and their works.

The women passionately backing the festival realize that things will not change immediately. They do hope that they open up channels of communication and support among feminist writers so that change will happen gradually.

-by Abigail Andrea, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @abby_kono

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  • devika todi

    such movements should receive worldwide recognition and support.

  • Paras Vashisth

    This kind of movements helps to aware the people.And it plays an important role in today’s world.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This festival is a success as it is first time a nation has thought to have Feminist Writers Festival.

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Australia Takes Gaming Industry on a Whole Different Level

Australian gaming platforms, including top online real money casinos for Australian players, have to follow simple rules now

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The voluntary nature of this Gaming initiative is something that most country’s governments would not be able to achieve. Pixabay

Australian government will introduce a new policy about the self-exclusion platform. Last week, Prime Minister of Australia noted that the government is working on official papers currently. Prime Minister Morrison said that it would be a new word in the Gaming industry. Australia is the first to introduce self-exclusion from gambling websites.

The voluntary process that may affect positively on the gaming industry

If someone can’t control himself and they are putting last pennies on Gambling, then it would be better to give him a rest. That’s precisely the main plan of the Australian government. In the next few weeks, the government will introduce Australian citizens with a new idea. As we already know, the program includes a voluntary process for citizens to exclude themselves from online gambling websites.

Australian gaming platforms, including top online real money casinos for Australian players, have to follow simple rules. Australian based platform should create a self-exclusion system where the registered users can take a break from Gambling.

24 billion Australian dollars on Gambling

Do you know that according to official data from the government, Australians gamble 24 billion dollars every year? If we take a look at the per-capita basis, then Australians are the biggest spenders on Gambling. According to the latest official data, on average, one Australian is spending up to 1,300.00 Australian dollars.

A new initiative for Australian could be life-changing.

Minister of Families and Social Services said that the new initiative would be another motivation for Australians. Ruston noted that it’s a voluntary act, and no one is obliged to obey it. Ruston’s logic is simple – if you take a little time from Gambling, it won’t hurt your long-term life plans. The self-exclusion initiative is precisely a perfect getaway for people who want to take a short rest from the gaming industry. As you may know, the gaming industry is trendy in Australia. Keep in mind that Australian platforms are popular not only nationwide but also worldwide.

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Australian government will introduce a new policy about the self-exclusion platform. Last week, Prime Minister of Australia noted that the government is working on official papers currently. Prime Minister Morrison said that it would be a new word in the Gaming industry. Pixabay

There have been many movements in Australia with one goal – to help online gamblers in Australia. The government decided to answer the changes most civilly. The voluntary nature of this initiative is something that most country’s governments would not be able to achieve.

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Self-exclusion should work on Australian platforms

As we know, the government’s new policy could only be related to Australian platforms. If a casino or online betting website is based in Australia, then the company has to create a self-exclusion system for registered users. The Australian government has no legal sovereignty to take similar actions on foreign online gambling platforms.