The Sydney Feminists
On 1st December
On September 20th at the Redfern Town Hall, The Sydney Feminists hosted a screening of the eye-opening film “Unrest”. The film showcased the struggle that patient activist, Jennifer Brea, endured to get a diagnosis of a mysterious and debilitating illness. The film was followed by a 10 minute talk on Medical Sexism. Both the film and the talk were very well received by the audience. People lingered after the show to discuss matters with TSF and with MEAction, who had a stall at the event and were there as educators about CFS/ME. It was a humbling experience to talk about the way chronically ill women are, and have historically been treated by the medical profession. A big thank you to all our volunteers and the networks of people who helped us promote this event, and to the interested folk who made the effort to attend! For those who were unable to come, you can see the film on Netflix, and the speech on Medical Sexism can be read here. You can also read an excellent fact sheet about the gender gap in health care here. Fore more info on ME/CFS, check our emerge.org,au
Along with our screening event, we recently held another social dinner on the 17th August in Glebe. The dinner was well attended and the group was very generous (we thank everyone for their donations!). Socials function as a safe space for feminists to get together to discuss various subjects, as well as an opportunity to meet likeminded individuals and make friends. To be kept informed of socials, along with our other events and meetings, please consider signing up as a member.
Our Workshop team has been hard at work polishing their Empathy Workshop, to be delivered in schools, correctional facilities and community hubs in 2019. This year, the team will be presenting our Respectful Relationships workshop to a group of boys at a juvenile justice centre. The workshops aim to teach boys how to love themselves and have healthy relationships with others. Feminist theory is integrated into the workshop in a subtle and accessible way and has been well-received in the past. We wish our team every success! (If you’re interested in our holding a workshop for you in your place of work, school, college or community centre, please email us!).