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Taking Up Space: Building the City That We Deserve

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A woman’s place in the world and right to move through it freely has always been controlled. Workplaces, our city streets, pubs and parks are not just traditionally unwelcoming, but can be dangerous and destructive. Patriarchy has, until now, dominated our public spaces, and the way that different bodies and identities are policed within them.

So how can public space be reconceived, and how can we create a city that is truly accessible? Can we break our urban environments free from Anglocentric and gendered constructs of the past? Our place is in the planning, creation and sustaining of this new kind of city.

Hosted by Jan Fran.

This event will be Auslan interpreted. 

Featuring

Gala Vanting

‘Whilst I’m aware that #notallfeminists are anti-sex work, there’s a pretty gaping chasm between “not being against” and being an ally.’ Gala Vanting is a writer, sex worker advocate living and working as a migrant settler on Gadigal land. Her work weaves through the brot... Read more

Jax Jacki Brown

‘We must adopt an intersectional approach to understanding the experiences of the LGBTIQA+ community with disabilities. Intersectionality provides us with a political framework to understand how multiple forms of discrimination are experienced and lived … our identities don’t exist in a va... Read more

Caroline Martin

‘The absolute strength and pride of who I am today comes from these strong and resilient arweet murni-gurrk (old wise women).’ Caroline Martin is a direct descendant of the Briggs family and Custodian of Boonwurrung Country. She has worked in management and senior policy across arts, culture an... Read more

Jan Fran

‘We are half the population and until we are equally represented in public life (and men in the home – but that’s a whole other story) we won’t really have equality. It’ll continue to be a man’s world that we inhabit.’ Once a girl in line for the bathroom at a music festival described... Read more

Nicole Kalms

‘Most cities are gender-blind and disregard women’s experiences. Engaging with the stories of women and girls is crucial for making cities safer.’ Nicole Kalms is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and founding director of the XYX Lab at Monash University. Examining the nexus ... Read more

Location

Melbourne Town Hall

90-120 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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