01 March 2015


Hiya everyone and welcome to a new year at the University of Sydney!

In case we haven’t become acquainted, my name is Kate Bullen, and I’m the Wom*n’s Portfolio Holder on the University of Sydney Union Board of Directors. I was fortunate enough to start this position in July last year and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. For my introductory post click on the link below.

Now then, I trust you all enjoyed the festivities of our fantastic Oweek last week (was it last week? All that time-travel talk has really messed my head!). I’d like to take this opportunity to firstly congratulate the amazing wom*n who pulled off the whole affair: Sophia Roberts and Laura Barendregt.

For those as sad as I am that Oweek is now over and classes are beginning- never fear- International Women’s Day (IWD), is nearly here!

International Women's Day Poster 2015
IWD falls annually on March 8th and has been celebrated since 1910. It’s a time when wom*n are recognised for our economic, political and social achievements and triumphs despite past struggles. Yet it is also a time to reassert that our battle to true equality across the gender spectrum is not yet won. It is a time to unite, network and organise for meaningful change, to look forward to the future generations of wom*n, and what we want the world to look like for our daughters and granddaughters.  

IWD was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 and has since been made an official public holiday in many countries around the world such as Russia, Vietnam and Georgia. This year marks the 20th anniversary since the fourth World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Platform for Action. It was a ground-breaking moment which recognised the role wom*n’s rights must play in global development. So this year, we reflect on what has been achieved of this blueprint, and how much we have left to accomplish.

Events will be held all around the world and I highly encourage you to get involved in the festivities. The official Sydney event is to be held the following Saturday on March 14th. More information can be found on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/642380019224394

Here at the USU our fantastic Wom*n’s Student Events Coordinator, Ivana Radix is hosting an event this Wednesday 4th March. Between 12 and 2pm on Eastern Avenue you can check out some brilliant live music and also grab yourself some free food. 

The very next day at 1pm on Thursday 5th March Wom*ns’ Collective (or Woco as it is affectionately known) begins for the year. So now, without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the 2015 Wom*ns’ Officers Xiaoran Shi and Subeta Vimalarajah.  


Greetings feminists, allies, men’s rights activists et al. We’re humbled and excited to be your Wom*n’s Officers for 2015 and we have a year of activism, creativity and dare we say it, fun, planned ahead. WoCo is a radical, autonomous, feminist space open to all who identify in whole or in part as a wom*n, trans or non-binary person.

We meet every Thursday at 1pm, starting from March 5 in the Wom*n’s Room in Manning, level 1.

You might have seen us at our O-Week stall, where we showed off our awesome T-shirts and showbags! Thank you to those who came over to say hi; it was great to meet you; we apologise for the displays of awkward dancing also on offer.

Subeta with Growing Strong Magazine
For slightly more accomplished dancing, why not check out the launch of the annual Wom*n’s Collective magazine Growing Strong at the 5 Eliza Ballroom in Newtown? It will be on Saturday 14th March at 7.30pm. There will be live music, slam poetry and good food – stay tuned for more details!

Still here? If we haven’t scared you off yet and you’d still like to meet other feminists in an engaged, welcoming environment, hit us up via our email usydwomenscollective@gmail.com or via the Facebook group, Usyd Wom*n’s Collective. Don’t hesitate to say hi or ask questions if you see us around! We don’t bite (unless it’s the hand of the patriarchy).

-Xiaoran & Subeta

That’s all from me for now- as always, if you have any questions about anything mentioned in this blog post, or would like more information on the services available to wom*n on our campus, don’t hesitate to contact me or visit me in my consultation hours.  Other than that, I look forward to seeing/meeting you at our International Women’s Day Celebrations on campus J

Consultation hours: Wednesdays 3-5pm in the Wom*n’s Room, Level One of Manning Building.
(Please note that the Wom*n’s Room is an autonomous space for wom*n-identifying people)

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