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“Breast Cancer Month is upon us and the NBCF has many events and activities taking place throughout October.

You can register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. You will also find information on our Global Illumination events – tickets are available for purchase for events all across Australia.

Our Pink Ribbon Shop is hotting up with the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer T’s not available as well as our huge range of Pink Ribbon products.’

Our community fundraising activities feature a special performance of ‘My Fair Lady’ on October 5, as well as a wonderful production called ‘Breast Wishes’ being held on October 31. More information, including how to book tickets is indicated on our events calendar – don’t miss out!

Our corporate partners are also celebrating Breast Cancer Month with the Dove Pink Star Walk in Sydney and Ford Live! event featuring the Pussycat Dolls in Melbourne. See the events calendar for more information.

Don’t forget to look out for NBCF pink products when out shopping – you will find most supermarkets turning pink in October.

October 27 is Pink Ribbon Day and we need help to sell our Pink Ribbon merchandise. If you’d like to volunteer to have some fun while at the same supporting breast cancer research, please contact us via our ‘Get Involved’  section. We need enthusiastic, energetic volunteers for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Happy Pink Month”

 http://www.nbcf.org.au/

http://www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au/general/poster.pdf

Just another reason to be proud of my city and hometown.

“A law to decriminalise abortion in Victoria has been passed by the lower house of Parliament.

The debate continued into the early hours of this morning before the bill was passed 49 to 32.

The proposed legislation, which legalises abortion up to 24 weeks, will now be sent to the upper house.

Women’s Affairs Minister Maxine Morand says she is optimistic the bill will be passed by the Legislative Council.

“A lot of women have been waiting for this for a very long time, I met somebody today who told me she’s been waiting for this for 40 years,” she said.

So for a lot of women who remember backyard abortions and abortions being prosecuted this a very, very important day for them.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/12/2362487.htm

Motherhood: All love begins and ends thereRobert Browning

As we come soon to Mother’s Day I am reminded of the article I read in one of the social magazine’s, maybe it was Woman’s Day, a few weeks ago now. It was a featured article on mother’s in the media and how great it was that they were able to balance their careers with having children.

But you have to wonder, who was really raising their children? Their nannies? Their childcare centres?

Now clearly, these mothers come from the generation that fought to have their careers and then be able to balance them with motherhood in a bid for independance and freedom from the prison of home and family as it was but who is it really benefitting to go to the extreme of not even raising their own children totally?

Do they achieve an strong enough mother-child bond or will there be eventuating attachment disorders that development later in life?

As a proud aunty of five already I have watched my sisters lives as they have come to motherhood. But I have likewise been proud of their approach and dedication. They are not rolling in it by any means but their commitment to their children’s lives is second to none as they have chosen to stay at home as long as necessary to ensure that.

As a result their children are healthy from being fed the best of foods, good natured and temperament because of the undivided attention they are given and happy because their mothers are.

The proof of this came when one of my sisters’ little ones started acting up starting from the time she returned to work, she soon as possible finished up work to be with them and immediately the behaviour stopped!

It makes me wonder whether as a society do we realise how much Motherhood is THE most important job in the world?

Children, who are the next generation; the future. How much effort we put into them determines how much of a chance we give the future; our legacy.

http://www.families.nt.gov.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=7302

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=o43u_qWT4asC&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=the+first+few+years+of+a+child’s+life+is+the+most+important&source=web&ots=KZZ4noePFR&sig=nPl8cQTOUt3UENo8d9__LgMOUQk&hl=en

http://www.apa.org/monitor/sep95/attach.html

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/child_abuse_and_recovery/94900

Australia is to have its first female governor-general, with the announcement that Queensland’s governor, Quentin Bryce, has been appointed to the job.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Ms Bryce would become Australia’s 25th governor-general.

Ms Bryce, who was appointed the 24th Governor of Queensland in July 2003, had been an inspiring governor, serving with great distinction, Mr Rudd said.

“Ms Bryce has an outstanding record of service to the entire Australian community,” he said in a statement.

“She is highly qualified for the role of governor-general. Ms Bryce has enjoyed a rich and dynamic career as a lawyer, academic and senior public office holder.”

Her former roles include federal sex discrimination commissioner, inaugural director of the Queensland Women’s Information Service and founding chair and chief executive of the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

Ms Bryce has been appointed to a five-year term.”

Mr Rudd, said Ms Bryce would capture “the spirit of modern Australia” in the vice-regal position.

Mr Rudd said he expected Ms Bryce would use her role to give a voice to women, people from the bush and indigenous Australians. Asked about the significance of appointing a woman to the position for the first time, he said: “It’s taken us 107 years. It’s been a while but it’s good that it’s happened.”

QUENTIN BRYCE, declared yesterday: “It’s a great day for Australian women.”

Ms Bryce said the role was a great honour and responsibility. “I grew up in a little bush town in Queensland of 200 people, and what this day says to Australian women and to Australian girls is that you can do anything, you can be anything,” she said. “It makes my heart sing to see women in so many diverse roles across our country in Australia.”

http://www.thedaily.com.au/news/2008/apr/13/aap-first-female-governor-general-named/

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/04/13/1208024990529.html

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23534781-421,00.html

“Violence against women is the most widespread human rights abuse in the world.

Every day, thousands of women and girls are abused in their own homes. They are raped in armed conflict or murdered by their families. They are attacked for speaking out, for defending womens’ rights.

It is a worldwide scandal that violence against women is allowed, excused or overlooked.”

Domestic violence in Australia contributes to ill-health and premature death for women aged 15-44 years, than any other single factor. Two thirds of women experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lives.”

http://action.amnesty.org.au/images/uploads/svaw/0306%20fact_national_plan.pdf

After learning on the weekend that a lovely girlfriend of mine was beaten up by her ex-boyfriend after a domestic dispute, I feel compelled to do something about raising the awareness of the situation.

Within my female friends alone, I can say there is not one woman that has NOT been touched by some kind of physical and/or sexual abuse at the hand of a male – father / brother / male relatives / male ‘friend’ of the family.

 

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/SP/ViolenceAgainstWomen.htm

http://www.australiasaysno.gov.au/

http://action.amnesty.org.au/svaw/

http://www.saynotoviolence.org/index.htm

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/

“A young Saudi Arabian woman was murdered by her father for chatting on the social network site Facebook. The unnamed woman from Riyadh was beaten and shot after she was discovered in the middle of an online conversation with a man, the al-Arabiya website reported.

The case was reported on a Saudi Arabian news site as an example of the “strife” the social networking site is causing in the Islamic nation. Saudi preacher Ali al-Maliki has emerged as the leading critic of Facebook, claiming the network is corrupting the youth of the nation. “Facebook is a door to lust and young women and men are spending more on their mobile phones and the Internet than they are spending on food,” he said. “

I know we say we live in the lucky country but never is it more obvious than in circumstances like these.

Like the woman sentenced to death for naming a children’s teddy-bear Mohammed, these situations sicken and enrage the average person let-alone a woman as myself!

I have often thought, what can I do about it? I would love to travel over there and do something personally about it but I have realised that like our fore-mothers in the western world have done for our women’s rights, like the african-americans did for their equality, they have to take up this fight themself.

I could go over there and try and give them the courage and awareness even to do so but to carry it out they have to fully believe in it themself and right now it is obvious, as a collective they do not! Unfortunately, they are too entrenched in their own religion and culture to even be aware of their rights as a living creature let alone as a woman.

This may seem a little naive but I still think, that if we cared more, in this day and age, we would find a way to help them; our sisters.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/31/wsaudi131.xml

http://www.arabmediasociety.com/arab_media_wire/?item=654

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“Million of youngs girls and women each year, suffer the pain of unbearable torture and sometimes death, each year.

Not only in Muslim countries because this cruel ritual began before the advent of the Islamic cult. However, it is a ritual performed predominantly in Islamic countries, even though the Koran does not specifically mention this disgusting, male chauvinistic custom. It does, however, support the Koranic brutality towards women. Nor does the Bible mention it, although in some pseudo-christian sects, females still suffer because their society demands that they be deprived of all sexual feelings while males in the community exploit women with impunity.

Some women are re-sewn up with no anaesthetic, after copulation so that the husband may be sure his wife has been faithful. Tragically, many Islamic clerics are NOT informing their female adherants of the Faith; that this practice has NOTHING to do with the Koran.”
http://www.freewebs.com/bruiseduk/genitalmutilation.htm

http://www.webspawner.com/users/skilliibs24abcd/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_genital_cutting

http://www.4women.gov/FAQ/fgc.htm

http://www.bmj.com/archive/6994ed1.htm

http://www.unaids.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/Resources/FeatureStories/archive/2008/20080303_jointstatement_fgm.asp

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