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.

Kate Jenkins' report: Can Scott Morrison meet the moment?

This is the first line of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ independent inquiry into Parliamentary workplaces, Set the Standard, which was released yesterday: “This is Parliament. It should set the standard for workplace culture, not the floor of what culture should be.” If you sense this rather curt opener is meant to send a strong message to the Morrison government, you’re probably right.

Ladies (of the Morrison Government) we need to talk: Why put up with it?

When will you rethink your services in support of the patriarchy, and faith in benevolent sexism? It’s not even serving the goals that experts believe motivates you to subscribe to this belief system. Just look at Senator Jane Hume, who earlier this week learned that her Liberal colleagues referred to her as “indulgent”, “bizarre” — and the classic go-to slurs men opt for when they want to put a woman down — “mad” and “unhinged”.

The Morrison Govt reveals the promises it made to women are smoke and mirrors

One of my children went back to school today, and they are both back full-time next week. I think I can safely say that I fell of the back of the lockdown 6.0 wagon here in Melbourne about six weeks ago, and it’s amazing how much more time and energy I have now with just one child back at school part-time. I, therefore, had the time to watch the Office for Women and the Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne, at Senate Estimates yesterday. And it was very revealing. For those wondering what

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
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