The 2021 edition of Judy’s Punch is finally here 🤟🏻

🚀 Launching on Friday, 22 October 2021 at 6pm

🖥 Zoom link will be provided nearer to the date to the launch

🕯This event is autonomous and open to all students

💌 Sign up for a free physical copy of Judy’s Punch, we ship worldwide: https://forms.gle/D9cnrToutNGyWAEN7.

Eighteen months into COVID-19, the need for escapism is inevitable, and maybe well-deserved. Judy’s Punch 2021 wants to explore one of the more popular forms of escapism that emerged in 2020/2021; cottagecore. It’s not all mushroom foraging and baking sourdough, so when we delve deeper into it, what is cottagecore? How about escapism through all forms? Transcend, transcend, transcend! In a pandemic hellscape, nothing matters. Centre yourselves by immersing in the creative process, and being inspired by the only thing we truly have left – our connection to nature and our communities. Live in the mudbrick cottage of your dreams for a minute. Become the dark academic surrounded by tapered candles you’ve always wanted to be. This is the space for it. Whether you need it to mean – care, nurturing, warmth, daydreaming, nostalgia or peace, reach into your Cottagecore needs. It can mean what you need it to mean, to preserve yourself, and your communities.

The Women’s Department acknowledges 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.

🍃 Feeling anxious and stressed? Want to express your inner artist? 🎨
Kick back and relax with our ‘Art Relaxation’ drawing session for mindfulness. UMSU Women’s, Disabilities and Creative Arts are teaming up to create a safe space for you to express yourself. Re-charge your creative batteries and de-stress with others in this chill drawing session. All skill levels are very welcome! 💜
➡️ A FREE art supplies voucher will be gifted to every attendee so you can continue your artistic journey!
🌟  Get your creative juices flowing  🌟
🖌️ When: 1 Oct, 3-4:30pm
🖌️ Where: Online via Zoom
🖌️ Register here: https://www.trybooking.com/BUILM
🌱 Writing Intersectionality into Policy with UMSU Women’s 🌱
After years of campaigning, the UMSU Women’s Department finally got the University to commit to writing a standalone sexual misconduct policy. In doing so, we have done consultations with the extensive student body, and made policy submissions that keep student experiences in the centre.
Often, intersectionality becomes another big “buzzword” used by corporations, without actually reflecting in policy and practice. This year, we successfully got the University to commit to intersectional practices in writing, but there is so much left to do.
Join the Women’s Department as we discuss how intersectionality must be written into everything – art, activism, media, academics and the likes, through clear policy, and strong follow up actions. We want to hear from you, about what representation looks like to you, and how to make lasting changes that make meaningful impacts on people’s lives.
🌱 When: 21 September, 1:00-2:30pm
🌱 Where: Online
🌱 For more information, visit the UMSU Women’s Facebook.

💥 Consent 101 Workshop 💥

UMSU Women’s are joining forces with speaker Naomi Smith to discuss all things consent, and how it manifests in relationships, friendships and everyday life. The workshop will explore our rights, responsibilities, enthusiastic consent and positive relationships.

👉 When: 24 September, 2:00-3:30pm
👉 Where: Online
👉 Register: https://www.trybooking.com/BUGMK

🌟Women & Enbies of Colour Collective 🌟

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 Wednesday, from 12PM to 1PM
💜Where: Zoom until at least Week 4 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
💜This is an autonomous event, so only women and non-binary students of colour may attend.

Register to attend HERE.

⭐Women & Enbies Collective⭐
The Women & Enbies collective is your safe space to meet people, make friends and discuss your identity as a woman, trans, non-binary or gender diverse person 🔥  Join us on Tuesdays for snacks, solidarity and great chats! ❤️
🙋🏾‍♀️ When? Tuesdays during semester, 12-1pm.
🙋🏼‍♀️ Where? Zoom until at least Week 4 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Register to attend HERE.
Learn more here: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/communities/women/womenscollectives/
❄️ Feminism on Screen: Movie Night with the Women’s Department ❄️
Craving a chance to enjoy a delicious mash up of punk and winter vibes? Join UMSU Women’s for a Netflix watch party of feminist teen comedy Moxie! Directed by Amy Poehler, this sweet coming of age story celebrates friendship, Bikini Kill and all things Punk 🎸
⚡Tue 27th July | 4:30 – 7:30pm.
⚡Join the party, reserve your place here.
Remember: We all have a responsibility to keep our campuses safe. You must read UMSU’s COVID-safe events attendee information before attending any WinterFest event. Please review UniMelb’s campus guidelines and complete an online health declaration before coming to campus – proof of completion may be required to enter UMSU events or spaces. Do not come to campus if you are unwell.
At this stage due to Melbourne’s snap lockdown no in-person events will be taking place on campus. However, please watch this space for updates based on public health advice.

Love us a crafternoon ✂️ ❣️

Snowflake Stories: Art Journalling is an afternoon importantly focussed on women and non-binary people telling and sharing their stories. It’s a space to meet up, great creative and unwind. Organised by UMSU Women’s as part of the Judy’s Punch collective, if you can’t attend in person you can journal along from home via Zoom 📖

Join us at 3pm 22 July.

Book your spot: https://www.trybooking.com/BSURK
Remember: We all have a responsibility to keep our campuses safe. You must read UMSU’s COVID-safe events attendee information before attending any WinterFest event. Please review UniMelb’s campus guidelines and complete an online health declaration before coming to campus – proof of completion may be required to enter UMSU events or spaces. Do not come to campus if you are unwell.
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