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Women’s Day Awards

By johnboy - 6 March 2009 49

Katy Gallagher has announced the winners of the ACT’s 2009 International Women’s Day Awards.

And the winners are:

    — Louise Taylor (Women’s Award)
    — YWCA of Canberra (Community Awards)
    — Betty Connelly (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Award)
    — Barnardos Indigenous Supported Play Group/ Indigenous Women’s Network (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Award)

The citation for Louise Taylor went like this:

    Louise Taylor has worked primarily as a criminal lawyer in the ACT. During a significant portion of her seven years with the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions she performed the role of specialist family violence prosecutor. Ms Taylor currently works for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions as a principal legal officer. She is a long time member of the Management Committee of the ACT Women’s Legal Centre, the Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women and is also on the editorial board of The Indigenous Law Bulletin. Ms Taylor has a strong interest in access to justice for women, particularly for Indigenous and other marginalised women.

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Furry Jesus 3:53 pm 09 Mar 09

I have to stay home and look after the children so Princess Jesus can go to the IWD breakfast this week. Great for the women who’ve been activists for years – public recognition of the women’s movement’s achievments and a reminder of work yet to do.

as for International Men’s Day – I’ll sign up for that one when its proponents start talking about it and agitating for it as a thing of intrinsic value (which I think it could be), independently of any public discussion about women’s issues/business.

Otherwise, it just reminds me of what happens when there’s stuff in the meeja about violence to women, and a few men start rabbiting on about women’s violence to men. If they’re really serious about it, why do they always wait until DV gets publicity? Why aren’t they out there running campaigns about men as victims of violence, setting up men’s refuges and running them on a volunteer basis?

Same with IWD. If you want an IMD, talk about it at times other than IWD. Do something active to observe and celebrate it. Otherwise you’re just using the complaint to run down IWD. As a strategy to dump on women’s achievements, it’s very transparent.

poptop 2:46 pm 09 Mar 09

With yoofs being able to win $10,000 for a self portrait; what have these women won other than the profound glory of a framed certificate from Katy?

I’ll hazard the opinion that these awards are as valuable as the cost incurred by our benevolent government, which puts them on a par with Wednesday’s organ donor awareness awards.

ACT Women don’t even rate one of those dire award dinner thingies.

Pommy bastard 2:27 pm 09 Mar 09

cranky said :

Wow. Three out of four have an indigenous connection. Fancy that.


“”This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’ and links in with the International Year of Reconciliation.”

johnboy 2:22 pm 09 Mar 09

One thing I’ve learned is that self-identification is an intensely personal thing and it’s very foolish to criticise others for their decisions.

Now, back to the women’s day please?

gun street girl 2:21 pm 09 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

Obama has a white mother and a black father, I believe GSG.

Oops. I knew I’d get it mixed up!

Some of us can however claim unbroken anglo saxon heritage back to 1337, so we’re not exactly mutts . ; )

Some, granted; but not many. Most of us are complete mongrels. 😉

Skidd Marx 2:18 pm 09 Mar 09

WMC – thankyou for pointing out some home truths. I just went into the bathroom and gave my face a good scrub until all of the boot polish came off. No more pretending for me; the didgereedoo is going up on ebay, and I’m going into Centrelink first thing tomorrow morning to hand back the thousands of Abdole bucks that I’ve screwed outta them over the years.


Woody Mann-Caruso 2:14 pm 09 Mar 09

You can, absolutely, in which case you’re Indigenous as well as being something else. I have no problem with this at all. It’s the ‘I’m a bit Indigenous when it suits me or bolsters a claim I’m about to make’ thing that irks me.

I’m mindful of JB’s warning about tangents, so I’ll leave it here.

Pommy bastard 2:05 pm 09 Mar 09

Obama has a white mother and a black father, I believe GSG.

Some of us can however claim unbroken anglo saxon heritage back to 1337, so we’re not exactly mutts . ; )

gun street girl 2:03 pm 09 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

It means my dad is white and my mum is black you phucking imbecile.

Oh, I know what it means. What I wanted to know was – are you Indigenous, or aren’t you? Because ‘part Indigenous’ is like being ‘sort of Jewish’ or ‘half pregnant’. You’re either of Indigenous descent, identify as Indigenous and are accepted by the community as Indigenous, or you aren’t, don’t or don’t, in which case you’re not. (Not that I agree with that last criterion, but anyway…)

Most of us around here are mutts, unless we’re of pure convict stock. I’ve never quite grasped the “all or nothing” approach to ethnicity. Why can you not identify with several bits of your heritage? To illustrate, is Barack Obama to be thought of as just an African American, just because he looks like one, thereby ignoring half his ethnic identity as given to him by his (white) father? Closer to home, an Australian with one indigenous parent, and another from somewhere else (let’s say, Latvia, for argument’s sake) has rich heritage on both sides of his or her family. Why not embrace all of it?

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