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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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  • 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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6 Trendy Rakhis That Will Leave Your Brother Surprised This Raksha Bandhan

This article suggests you a list of eight trendy rakhis that are sure to bring a beaming smile on your brother’s face

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6 Trendy Rakhis That Will Leave Your Brother Surprised This Raksha Bandhan
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The auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan celebrates the ever-lasting bond between brothers and sisters. And, every year it comes, it makes the sibling bond between brothers and sisters stronger. Isn’t it? While the preparation for this festival begins, sisters get busy in finding the best rakhis for their brothers. And, since this task of finding the best and trendiest rakhis is quite stressful, this article suggests you a list of eight trendy rakhis that are sure to bring a beaming smile on your brother’s face.

 

The Sandalwood Rakhi

Rakhis made of sandalwood never go out of style as these are considered auspicious for any religious ceremony. Also, because rakhis made with other types of materials can often lead to allergy, the sandalwood rakhi becomes the safest choice. Sandalwood rakhis are usually designed with elements like cotton, flowers, or silk which add a traditional touch in one’s Raksha Bandhan celebrations.

 

The Minions Rakhi

Among the kids rakhi designs, the minions’ rakhis are the most popular one. These are a hit among the children as these look super cute. So, if you have little kid in your house who is a huge fan of the ‘Despicable me’ characters then, this rakhi is sure to bring a million dollar smile on his or her face.

 

The Zardosi Rakhi

When it comes to celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan in a traditional way, Zardosi rakhis make a popular choice. Zardosi rakhis are typical ethnic rakhis designed with zari thread which comes in shades of gold and silver. These rakhis resemble the royalty and look stunning in appearance. So, celebrate this Raksha Bandhan in an ethnic way with zardosi rakhis.

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Rakhi. Flickr

The Turquoise Stone Rakhi

The turquoise stone rakhis represent royalty and elegance. There are usually designed with a central motif which is decorated with a turquoise color stone and outlined with silver linings. These rakhis can be also personalized with the initials of the recipient. Also, turquoise stones rakhis are just loved by boys.

 

The Bracelet Rakhi

Bracelet rakhis are in high demand nowadays as boys prefer wearing bracelets than threads on their wrists. These rakhis also make a great style statement and these kinds of rakhis are something that your brother would like to flaunt on his wrist. Bracelet rakhis also complement every type of attire, whether ethnic or western.

 

The Musical Rakhi

Musical rakhis are ideal for children. Apart from all sort of cartoon rakhis, a musical rakhi makes a unique rakhi for the kids. However, these are one of the most expensive rakhis

Musical Rakhi is also a designer rakhi in an interesting shape of musical instruments like a guitar or a piano or teddy bear. Kids just love Musical Rakhis and hence they make one of the trendiest rakhis.

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Rakhi gifts for sister. flickr

Also read: August 7 is Rakshabandhan: Hindu Festival that Celebrates Brother-Sister Bond can be traced back to Indus Valley Civilization

These were some of the trediest rakhis that you can dhop for your brother on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. These rakhis are easily available on gift shops, markets, and online gift portals. However, if you want a good quality of rakhi then, you should prefer buying them from reputed gift portals.