I was told not to write about domestic violence as a young journalist

Young woman in silhouette.

SARAH MACDONALD Yet it seems the media has now decided to tell the story.

Violence against women

Ending violence against women is a job for us all

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Anne Summers A new approach to the scourge of family violence will use the lessons from large scale campaigns against drinking and smoking.

You’re not as busy as you say you are


Hanna Rosin Also, by talking about it so much, you’re wasting time.

All About Women

Human rights a family tradition for Sister Somalia founder Ilwad Elman

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RUBY HAMAD At just 19, Ilwad Elman left Canada for her parents' homeland of Somalia. The now-24-year-old had only intended to visit her mother, the well-known humanitarian activist Fartun Adan. But, inspired by Fartun's work with the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (EPHRC), Ilwad decided to stay.

Clementine Ford

Is selfie activism letting women down?


CLEMENTINE FORD We don’t need to sit bare faced in front of a camera to show how brave we are.

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American Apparel

Is this American Apparel's most shocking campaign ever?

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Madelin Newman American Apparel, purveyor of shiny pants and bodysuits has once again courted controversy with their latest ad campaign.

How to break up with a friend


CLEMENTINE FORD It's not easy. But sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

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Myth busted

Women want as much sex as men

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COSIMA MARRINER This US author believes it's time society gave up on preconceptions of women's desire.

Alison Bechdel Q&A

Meet the cartoonist behind the Bechdel test


CLEMENTINE FORD Before tackling Hollywood sexism, Alison Bechdel already made a name for herself with 'Dykes to Watch Out For'.

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Four things feminism has accidentally ruined


CLEMENTINE FORD Hold onto your seats, people. This could get dangerous.

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Clementine Ford

What if we re-defined consent with 'yes means yes'?


CLEMENTINE FORD Redefining consent with 'yes means yes'

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Revised Bechdel

We need to revise the Bechdel Test

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Katy Waldman The Bechdel Test Sets the Bar Too Low. Let's Write a New One.

Retro values

Is it a man's job to look after a woman?


Is it still the man's job to look after a woman? The question was asked ahead of All About Women, a discussion at Sydney Opera House

Stories from 2013

Child-free life

Choosing to be child-free


SHELLY HORTON Shelly Horton doesn't want children. So, she asks, why do so many people have a problem with that?

Victim blaming

Stop telling women to be afraid


BIANCA HALL BIANCA HALL is sick of the police’s knee-jerk response to sex crimes.

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The number one issue for women

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Anne Summers Anne Summers reflects on our most critical undertaking on International Women's Day.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

‘Women’s safety is the top priority’

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RUBY HAMAD When Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks, people listen. Ruby Hamad finds out what she has to say.

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Ending violence

The two ways to dismantle rape culture

Dismantling rape culture

CLEMENTINE FORD As with all social change, it starts with you.

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What if you don’t love your children?


KASEY EDWARDS Should it be more socially acceptable to be ambivalent about motherhood?

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New Speaker added to our All About Women Event


NATALIE REILLY Daily Life is hosting a festival of ideas at the Sydney Opera House next month and a brand new special guest has just been added to the line-up.

Violence against women

Why we need to keep discussing gender equality

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Flowers and messages sit outside of the front of the Duchess Boutique on Sydney Rd, the store which captured the last CCTV footage of Jill Meagher on September 28, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Coburg man Adrian Ernest Bayley was charged overnight with the murder and rape of Irish national Jill Meagher. Her body was found by police buried in a shallow grave north-west of Melbourne.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Julie McKay Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses in the world says the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay.

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Clark Beaumont

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NICOLE ELPHICK The young Queensland-based art duo that get to exhibit alongside Damien Hirst.

True bravey

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13:  Rebekah Havrilla (2nd L), former sergeant in the U.S. States Army, speaks with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (R) after Havrilla testified about being sexually assaulted while in the military during a hearing March 13, 2013 in Washington, DC.  The hearing on sexual assault was before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Personnel Subcommittee chaired by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

United States Jennifer Steinhauer Washington Two US military servicewomen have told a Senate panel how they were raped by superiors and then ridiculed by officials.

Brooke Magnanti

An interview with Belle de Jour


Nick Miller Meet Brooke Magnanti: best-selling author, cancer researcher, former prostitute.

There was only one victim at Steubenville

Trent Mays (L) and Ma'lik Richmond (R) sit in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, March 15, 2013. One of two high school football players in Ohio accused of raping a girl at a party last summer had pictures of the teen on his cell phone from that night, a state forensic analyst testified on Thursday. REUTERS/Keith Srakocic/Pool  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION SPORT SOCIETY)

CLEMENTINE FORD The boys who raped and humiliated an unconscious 16 year old may have been punished – but do they understand they’re not the victims?

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Victim blaming

Rapists are to blame for rape


KASEY EDWARDS [Trigger warning: discussion of child abuse]

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Is this photo grounds for death?


CLEMENTINE FORD A Tunisian activist posted this pic of herself. Here's what happened next.

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Victim blaming?

A difficult conversation about sexual assault

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AMY CORDEROY Though it's bound to spark debate, AMY CORDEROY believes we need to discuss the relationship between alcohol, drugs and sexual assault.

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The Fan Girls of Violent Men

Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings while his brother Carl (L) looks on, in the Pretoria Magistrates court February 19, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

CLEMENTINE FORD Why does Oscar Pistorius have a cult following among a certain demographic of women?

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Yityish Aynaw

The hypocrisy of a black Miss Israel

Yityish Aynaw

RUBY HAMAD Does recognising someone from a minority group with a beauty prize really mean progress or atone for past transgressions?

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Autism Awareness

Living with Autism

Kathryn Wicks and her son photographed for Sunday Life March 2013

KATHRYN WICKS Having a child with high-functioning autism doesn't mean living with a genius. These children have their own unique challenges.

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Culture clash

Growing up Arab in Australia


AMAL AWAD The pleasures and challenges of growing up in a migrant family.

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Bad taste?

Abortion Humour

Rebel Wilson

CLEMENTINE FORD Why making jokes about a serious issue can be empowering.

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100 years on

Is International Women's Day working?

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 26: Youths shouts slogans during the Chhatra Yuva Sanklap rally against the Delhi gang rape on January 26, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Child brides, female foeticide, genital mutilation: what has changed in 100 years?

Clem Ford

Are women's voices being gagged?

Leigh Sales

CLEMENTINE FORD We won't hear the absence of women’s voices if we've been taught to ignore them.

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