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Breaking Through with The Fitzroy Feminist Collective!

Photo by Breeana Dunbar

The Breakthrough stage. Photo by Breeana Dunbar

Written By Nia Stanford, Alice Taylor-Constable and Aurora Marquette of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective

Breakthrough was an amazing and inspirational two days. We were fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to live tweet the conference from the Rosie Twitter account (catch us @Rosierespect for some sick tweets) and we couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity. The whole experience was awesome – it was unlike anything we have ever had the opportunity to do before. The Breakout sessions were particularly interesting as they included a wide variety of women (and men) who all offered a range of perspectives and experiences that we, as young women with high hopes of the event, were amazed by.

Breakthrough was a two day event hosted by the Victorian Women’s Trust. It’s aim was to open up conversations about Gender Equality: the slogan of the conference was ‘The Future is Gender Equality’ sending a message that although we are not done yet, we’re getting somewhere. Breakthrough had over 130 speakers and 1000 attendees over the two days, all of whom made it a really wonderful and positive experience for the students from the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective.

Here are some of our personal highlights:

#SELFMADE with Jo Burston, Dr. Vivian Waller, Sheree Rubinstein and Le Ho

Photo by Hilary Walker

Le Ho, Sheree Rubinstein and Dr. Vivian Waller in the #SelfMade breakout session. Photo by Hilary Walker

#NOTALLMEN with Leena van Deventer, Dr. Toni Meath, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Judy Horacek, Judith Lucy and Sally Branson

Photo by Bri Hammond

Judith Lucy, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Leena Van Deventer, Judy Horacek and Dr. Toni Meath in the #NotAllMen breakout session. Photo by Bri Hammond

 

Trolls, Clickbait and Insta Perfection with Clementine Ford, Stephanie Bendixson, Celeste Liddle, Mariam Veiszadeh, Van Badham

Clementine Ford, Mariam and Stephanie Bendixon in the Trolls, Clickbait and Insta Perfection session. Photo by Breeana Dunbar

Clementine Ford, Mariam Veiszadeh and Stephanie Bendixon in the Trolls, Clickbait and Insta Perfection session. Photo by Breeana Dunbar

Reforming Law with Kate Jenkins, Moira Rayner and Prof. Jenny Morgan

Photo by Hilary Walker

The Reforming Law workshop. Photo by Hilary Walker

Justice for Indigenous Women with Leanne Miller, Hon. Nova Peris OAM, June Oscar AO, Celeste Liddle.

Celeste Liddle. Photo by Breeana Walker

Celeste Liddle. Photo by Breeana Walker

This diverse range of women represented a variety of opinions and new experiences which gave us both a sense of empowerment and reassured us that the future was, in fact, gender equality. The myriad of topics which were covered, from law reform to women in sport, reassured us of the progress that has been made in a variety of different facets of our lives and made us proud to walk in the footsteps of the Australian feminists who have come before us.

Photo by Hilary Walker

The Breakthrough audience. Photo by Hilary Walker

Thanks to the wonderful girls from the Fitzroy Feminist Collective for their dedicated contribution to what was truly an inspiring event. Breakthrough 2016 was hosted by the Victorian Women’s Trust.

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