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Making Waves: The Changing Shape of Australian Feminism


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What can younger Australian feminists learn from older feminists, and vice versa? The generational divide can result in feminists re-treading the same ground and learning lessons that have already been learned by their forebears. Debates between feminists can be painful, but they can also be instructive and helpful.

In this discussion, our panellists will explore intergenerational tensions around topics such as intersectionality, solidarity and privilege, in order to move forward with constructive conversations about the future of the movement. We’ll learn from the experiences of older feminists while frankly acknowledging the movement’s historical and contemporary flaws, and hearing the concerns of the next generation.

Where has feminism in Australia come from? Where are we now? Where could (and should) we go next if we work together?

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Leena van Deventer

Leena van Deventer is a writer, game developer, and educator from Melbourne. In 2013 she co-founded WiDGET, a support group for women and non-binary game developers with over 800 members. In 2016 she co-authored Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the fight for the future of videogames for Af... Read more

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunnai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta essayist and screenwriter.

Dur-é Dara

Dur-é Dara is Indian by race, Malaysian by birth, and –  since the age of 15 – Australian by choice. She is now 73 years old. Dur-é was the Vice President of Philanthropy Australia. She is a member of the management committee of La Mama Theatre, a Patron of the Victorian Foundation for Survi... Read more

Reni Louise-Permadi

Reni Louise-Permadi is an Australian-Indonesian feminist, activist and creative. She has been part of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective since 2016. In 2019, Reni was involved in planning, running, and presenting at Your Voice, a conference for young feminists.


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