April 1, 2023
Shaping the Century of Women: Feminine Power across the Globe
What is feminine power? It’s not a trick question. But think about it too long, and soon you’re caught in...
October 2, 2022
Here’s what you need to know about Mahsa Amini and the protests in Iran and around the world
If you can’t hear the echo of women’s anger leaking out of Iran right now, or feel the rumble of...
August 15, 2022
As Afghan mothers sell their daughters, Australia stands limply by
What is a 13-year-old daughter worth? For Khorsheed, a desperate Afghan mother, the meagre sum of $US670 seemed sadly acceptable....
June 19, 2022
The women reshaping our nation: Australian Women Changemakers
“It’s important to remember that this happened by accident”. Chanel Contos stares into space, as she tries to explain what...
July 15, 2021
What to do when Parliament’s gaslights start to dim?
A tweet doing the rounds last weekend noted its almost fifty years since a touring Frank Sinatra touched off an...
March 14, 2021
March 4 Justice taps into the power of recent acts of courage as well as a deep and ancient anger
There is extraordinary power in the emotions surfacing in women around Australia right now. The power of this moment is...
October 10, 2019
Women in Parliament: A global perspective on Australia’s lazy lateness
When Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney stepped over the threshold into Parliament House in 1943 they were late. Not by...
August 23, 2019
The Gender Agenda: Boom, Bust and Bullyboys
A media bonanza for the shelias’ The Turnbull to Morrison years proved to be a bonanza for women in politics,...
September 25, 2015
Gender equality: Are we there yet?
In 1995, in China, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a comprehensive roadmap to raise the status of women.
March 1, 2002
Up the Bamboo Path
I am following Ariya Nani, an elegant and beautiful Swiss Buddhist nun, up rickety bamboo stairs in a rambling forest monastery in the heart of Burma. In a few minutes, my private ordination ceremony will take place as I kneel before one of this country's most distinguished Buddhist monks.