STRIKE WITH ENVIRO! 
WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

The gendering of menstruation needs to stop, periodt.

Are your experiences being sidelined due to the language around menstruation? Or do you want to learn more about this issue? Organised by UMSU Women, Menstruation Beyond the Binary is a workshop to share and learn, with snacks provided!

🩸When: 20 May, 3PM to 4:30PM
🩸Where: Joe Napolitano A, Level 2, Union House
🩸Register HERE: https://www.trybooking.com/BRGQM

✊Passionate about gender equality and safety on campus?✊

The Women’s Department brings YOU the Feminist Action Collective! 💪
A weekly collective that seeks to bring together ALL students wanting to get involved in Feminist Action. Available in dual-delivery so YOU can choose to come to the weekly catchup either in-person or Zoom in from the comfort of your bed!

Content warning for mentions of sexual assault and harassment, as we’ll be working on the “Zero Tolerance for Zero Action” campaign that protests the University’s inaction against sexual misconduct against students.
⚡️When: 2-3pm every Thursday, beginning the 15 April
⚡️Where: Joe Nap A in Union House or through Zoom link

⚡️Register HERE: https://forms.gle/hVPbSEDqhTZz5tHE7

🌟 Mic Drop for Feminism 🌟

An arvo of entertainment on campus!

At this time of semester, we could all do with some fun in our lives. UMSU Women’s Mic Drop is an open mic event with performances from women and non-binary people that everyone is invited to enjoy.

🎤 When: Tuesday, May 11, 4:30PM

🎤 Where: the Ida Bar

🎤 Register here: http://bit.ly/micdropfem21

(Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events happening on campus, we continue to undertake government-recommended measures. BEFORE YOU COME TO CAMPUS, please read more about important COVID-safe return to campus guidelines on our website here.”)

Let’s chat about Ecofeminism! Ecofeminism connects the exploitation and domination of women with that of the environment. There is a connection between women and nature that comes from their shared history of oppression by a patriarchal Western society.

Come along and talk about your experiences – rant your heart out. It’s a safe space ❤️

We’ll have colouring sheets and other fun activities on the day!

Date and Time: 12-1PM

Location: W*men’s Room, 1st Floor, Union House

Mark it in your calendar!


The UMSU Environment and Women’s Department acknowledges that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

It’s Trans Day of Visibility! We’re closing off our action-packed day with a celebration at the Ida Bar from 4-6pm. All TIGD folk and allies welcome!

As per covid regulations we require that you register for the event here: https://www.trybooking.com/BQEJE

See you there!

Guess what? Transphobia is still a thing! Unimelb still hasn’t publicly condemned recent transphobia at Unimelb, and still doesn’t see the issue with high-profile TERFs teaching “Feminism” courses. We’ll be at Old Arts (Arts West side) from 2:30pm.
We will be rallying at Old Arts at 2:30pm to demand that:
1. Unimelb stop promoting transphobia in our courses;
2. Unimelb condemn the transphobic website “noconflicttheysaid”;
3. Academic freedom – Yes! Hate speech – No!
Speakers:
Amy Bright (UMSU Queer Officer)
Senator Janet Rice (Greens Senator for Victoria)
Brittney Henderson (UMSU Indigenous Council Representative)
Srishti Chatterjee (UMSU Women’s Officer)
Dr. Hannah McCann (Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, NTEU Branch Committee)

It’s Trans Day of Visibility! We’re celebrating with a day full of events, starting with a special edition of Queer Lunch at the Southbank Campus!

Due to covid regulations we require that you register for the event here: https://www.trybooking.com/BQEKI

If you haven’t been to Southbank before, take any 1, 5, 6, 16, 3/3a, 64, 67 or 72 tram in the city direction from Stop 1: University of Melbourne and get off at Stop 14: Arts Precinct/St. Kilda Rd.

Can’t wait to see everyone there!

Looking for a safe space to express and discuss your identity as a woman, trans, non-binary or gender-diverse student at UniMelb?

Every Tuesday during semesters at 12-1pm, the Women’s Department hosts the Women and Enbies Collective. Feel free to come along for some solidarity with snacks, and the opportunity to meet and greet other gals and enby pals!

🌸When: Every Tuesday, from 12PM to 1PM
🌸Where: Women’s Room/Zoom

NOTE: This is an autonomous event, so only women and non-binary students may attend.

The Women’s Department acknowledge that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this event. We acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Looking for a safe space to express and discuss your identity as a woman, trans, non-binary or gender-diverse student of colour at UniMelb?

This weekly collective is a safe space just for you. Come along for solidarity with snacks, and to meet and greet other gals and enby pals of colour!

💜When: Every Tuesday, from 12PM to 1PM
💜Where: Women’s Room/Zoom

NOTE: This is an autonomous event, so only women and non-binary students of colour may attend.

The Women’s Department acknowledge that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this event. We acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.