Women’s Day Awards

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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49 Responses to Women’s Day Awards
Furry Jesus 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:54 pm 09 Mar 09

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…)

Not at all, WMC. (…) Lots of people with an indigenous ancestor don’t fulfil the criteria. But they are still part-indigenous.

I’m familiar with ‘the rules’, i-filed, but again – which part? How does it work being ‘part Indigenous’? You get to be Indigenous during NAIDOC week, but don’t have to be when you’re down the pub with your mates? You wear a Yothu Yindi t-shirt under your suit? You have a boomerang in the closet but only bring it out for special occasions?

Granny Granny 1:27 pm 09 Mar 09

When my dad was in India a woman came to them seeking help after being attacked with a chainsaw by her husband. After receiving medical attention she had to be sent back to him, as it was considered that she was his property and the RSS would have attacked them if they had tried to shelter her.

I know they were deeply distressed by this incident and felt completely powerless.

The country may have laws against things, but in practice everybody knows how it is. And in a poverty-stricken country where justice goes to the highest bidder and a patriarchal society where human life is cheap, it’s not likely to change in a hurry.

Another woman had horrific burns after being doused with kerosene and set alight by her husband – having received her dowry they now wanted more money. Apparently this is not uncommon, and is used as a way to continually blackmail a woman’s parents for more money. If they care enough and can afford it, they pay.

Why would any woman report something if she will be beaten or killed for it?

I certainly wouldn’t.

Another friend came back from Afghanistan traumatised by a woman who had her throat slit by the Taliban in front of her family because someone heard her laughing in her own home.

She was also upset that a dear friend was forced to marry against her will by the family.

These are women’s issues.

Men are not immolated when their wives die. It is not a men’s issue.

Issues can be, and often are, gender specific; and there is nothing wrong with having a day to highlight the issues that different women around the world are still facing.

Our daughters have the chance to vote and get an education because people have fought for that – both women and men, but mainly women.

I will not argue that things haven’t sometimes gone too far the other way in some areas.

I don’t think men and boys should be discriminated against either, and where this does occur it should be addressed. That doesn’t mean, though, that you shouldn’t celebrate International Women’s Day anymore than it means that you shouldn’t celebrate Mothers’ Day.

At the end of the day both men and women are wonderful and deserving of celebration and support. This can best be achieved by men and women working together for the good of all people.

rosebud rosebud 1:13 pm 09 Mar 09

PB – because of the chances of actually meeting you, I have never attended a Riotact event – ever. You always manage to sound like a neanderthal dork idiot. Cheers!

astrojax astrojax 12:51 pm 09 Mar 09

congratulations to the winners = must all be stoked to be nominated for these achievements and no doubt all work very hard and conscientiously at their passions. fab-o, i say…

johnboy johnboy 12:49 pm 09 Mar 09

OK, PB is once again being obtuse to the point of parody.

You’ve all said your piece now let’s move on eh?

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 12:47 pm 09 Mar 09

I think the issue of human rights transends anything gender related in the example just given.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 12:47 pm 09 Mar 09

You were accusing hundreds of thousands of Indian men of burning their wives to death sepi. The only figures I could find about this show that there were 106,000 fire-related deaths among Indian women, and of the majority were attributed to domestic accidents.(You forgot to mention that for every 2 women burned to death there is a male fatal burning, or do they not count?)

There are no figures for the numbers “burned to death by their husbands”, unless you have other evidence. (This does not excuse any that are killed by their husband, and in no way implicates that this is a male/female issue outside of that culture.)

So what are you doing about this sad situation sepi? I don’t think Katy handing out a few certificates, no matter how deserved, will change the dowry tradition of India.

sepi sepi 12:37 pm 09 Mar 09


only 106 thousand women burned to death in india in one year.

women’s issues are a storm in a tea cup.

no further need for women’s day.

carry on.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 12:32 pm 09 Mar 09

sepi said :

sheepgroper – surely one day we’ll move on from ‘men are bigger than us so they can hurt us’ mentality.

I was thinking more along the lines of you can’t force sex on a guy since he needs an erection present more so than the difficulty involved in overpowering him.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 12:08 pm 09 Mar 09

“Sati”, or the ancient Hindu practice of a woman immolating herself on her husband’s pyre, has long been banned in India, and those found abetting it face the death penalty.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 12:06 pm 09 Mar 09

sepi said :

PB – I don’t think the hundreds of thousands of Indian men immoliating their wives are horrified and disgusted. This issue is relevant to IWD as the day was begun in an effort to improve women’s situation in the world.

By combining several health data sets, the authors found that in 2001 there were 106,000 fire-related deaths among Indian women, mostly between 15 and 34 years of age – a number six times higher than the police recorded.

In all their research, there were “alarming” spikes in deaths by fire in the 15 to 34 age group of females in India, the authors said.

This could be attributed in part to “sudden exposure to the cooking environment”, though some believe that many homicides are covered up as accidents and are considered a cultural norm, so the police do little to investigate or intervene.


I think you exaggerate the figures to make your point there sepi.

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