Kristine Ziwica

Kristine Ziwica is a Melbourne-based columnist and consultant who has 20 years' experience working in Australia, the United States and the UK on human rights and gender equality campaigns.

Mother-shaming is common enough without the pile on from 'mumfluencers'

This week, Guardian writer Hadley Freeman wrote about “happening across a particularly fascinating Instagram post from a member of that strange and relatively new breed of person known as mumfluencer”. According to Freeman, the aforementioned mumfluencer was “dressed ever-so-casually but with mysteriously perfect makeup” while marching through a forest with three small boys. Even more curiously, she was holding a letter board sign which read: “Into the woods we go because kids won’t remember th

Let me ladysplain a few facts about childcare to the dinosaurs of the National party | Kristine Ziwica

A “motherhood statement” is defined as a vague, “feel-good” platitude, especially one made by a politician, that few people would disagree with. May I humbly suggest that the National party – and its newly reinstated leader Barnaby Joyce, who has a questionable record, to say the least, when it comes to women’s issues – steer clear of their particular version of a motherhood statement. They will find many people (coughs women) find them very easy to disagree with.

Recent emotional displays from Australian men accused of sexual misconduct begs the question: is Australia in the midst of a “himpathy reckoning”?

Australia’s #MeToo reckoning took a bit of time to gather pace. With absolute respect and admiration for the women who spoke out when the hashtag first came to Australian shores in 2017, I think it’s fair to say that a more fulsome reckoning only took hold in the last few months following former political staffer Brittany Higgins’ allegation that she was raped in then Minister of Defence Linda Reynolds’ office. So too, it seems, Australia’s “himpathy reckoning” has also taken a bit of time to

The website the government doesn’t want you to see

In the middle of a growing national conversation about sexual harassment and consent, the federal government launched a campaign on respectful relationships for young people. The campaign was widely criticised by experts and advocates, including former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, who say it ignores their advice and research. They’re also concerned that it seems to have replaced another more evidence-based and expertly produced campaign.

How to 'fix women' & get them to 'Lean In'? Examine the Budget

Ahead of the launch of the 2021 federal budget– a budget some suggested would be a “women’s budget” – many asked me what, specifically, I was looking for. What would indicate to me that the Morrison government had truly taken to heart the backlash to last year’s budget, in particular criticism that it had failed to deliver for women? I concede that the fact the government itself heavily implied that this year’s budget would be a “women’s budget” is, in a way, progress. Particularly when compar

The crisis we should have seen coming

There are growing fears that homelessness could soon rise in Australia, with the end of government policies like JobKeeper and eviction moratoriums putting more people under financial stress. One of the most at risk groups in the country is older women, who tend to have less money and face both age and gender discrimination. Today, journalist for The Saturday Paper Kristine Ziwica, on the homelessness crisis Australia should have seen coming.
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