Women Leaders – Talking the Talk

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016                            L-R Rebekha Sharkie, Nick Xenophon Team, Kerrynne Liddle, Liberal Party of Australia, Hon. Kate Ellis MP, Australian Labor Party and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens

Last night I attended the 2016 Election Q+A hosted by Women in Media at the Advertiser and listen to the above women speak on politics and being a woman in politics. You may know that this topic is close to my heart and my recent work so I just had to feature them as today’s Wednesday’s Women.

The panel of women was diverse with two women running for the Senate and two for the House of Representatives and across the two major and the two (major) minor parties.

My recent exhibition “let us be up and doing” showcased women from South Australia who are former politicians but had achieved a major milestone, like first or longest. Last nights panel, if all elected, would still be ground breaking; Rebekha Sharkie would be the first woman to win the seat of Mayo; Kerrynne Liddle would be the first Aboriginal woman from South Australia to enter the Senate; Kate Ellis will continue as an MP, her 13th year and Sarah Hanson-Young will continue on as a Senator, her 9th year.

I chose last night as a good night to start my petition, “A Plead to Lead by example, Respect from the top down. Politicians quit bully behaviour.” In the footsteps of Mary Lee who travelled the colony (SA) in 1894 gaining 11,600 signatures for her petition to give women the right to vote, I plan to do the same with the above petition as I travel my exhibition around SA in the coming months. I was very pleased our leaders last night started off the handwritten petition with many of the media women signing on too. If you would like to sign the petition which will be presented to State and Federal Parliament, you can either catch me on the road or sign the digital petition here….

 
I wish all the women all the best in the election, be up and doing!
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Taryn Brumfitt – Entirely Embraced

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Photo By Jennie Groom © 2016
Women around the world take comfort
From the epiphany presented to Taryn Brumfitt
Finding her post baby body hard to face
Taryn resolved it to be a  surgery case
She booked in for a tummy tuck
Then, the epiphany struck….
“How can I teach my daughter to love her body
When it’s mine, I need to embody?”
A Body Image Movement started
Her previous life departed
A before and after photo went viral
The movement caught in a spiral
A book launch
A happy body stood staunch
A documentary to be made
Women embracing their bodies portrayed
Well, get ready to stare
At the films premiere
Be proud of your body, dress up in lace
Taryn’s film is called ‘Embrace’

‘Embrace’ premiering at Sydney Film Festival on June the 12th, in Cinemas from August

Ronni Kahn ~ Waste Warrior

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Photo by Jennie Groom 2011, thanks to MoAD for Permission.

If you believe good food shouldn’t go to waste, then you will appreciate Ronni Kahn’s mission.

I had the privilege of meeting and photographing Ronni for an exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in Canberra in 2011.  Ronni and the whole crew were moved to ‘feel good’ tears as she told us her story.

In the process of questioning the purpose of her life, Ronni visited a friend and mentor in South Africa, and went to visit an aids clinic in Soweto her friend had set-up.  As they travelled through the city her friend mentioned she was responsible for electricity in Soweto.  To this news, Ronni thought “Wow, what must it feel like to know you have made an impact to over 1 million people?”  Once she saw the Aids Clinic, Ronni knew her life would never be the same, she knew she wanted to make a significant contribution to society.

Ronni had been in the event industry and experienced first hand the food wastage from events.  On occasions, she would hand deliver her left over food to charities and always felt good about doing so but with the concern about food wastage and people going hungry in  Australia she thought there must be a better way.   She then set-up the food rescue charity OzHarvest and had food legislation changed throughout the country enabling her to do this.

Food rescue is not the half eaten sandwich, it’s the food that has never touched the plate!  The food which is left over in the kitchen or on the shelves that wasn’t sold before closing time or the excess food left over from an event, meeting in a boardroom or catering on a film shoot for example.

“Food is so much more than just filling our tummies, it’s about nutrition, it’s about nourishment, it’s about caring, it’s about support”

The second impact of OzHarvest’s contribution to Australia and the world, Ronni could never have imagined is for every kilogram of food OzHarvest rescues, saves 2kg in methane gas and 143 litres of water.  To date they have saved over 15 million kilograms of food that was destined for landfill.

OzHarvest collects good quality food from over 2000 commercial outlets and delivers it to over 800 charities with their fleet of 30+ highly visible yellow vans and has fed more than 45 million meals to people in need across most of Australia.

“In our society and our wonderful democracy of Australia, I think that individuals have the opportunity every single day to find a way in their lives to make a difference” stresses Ronni.  This week is National Volunteer Week and Ronni knows only too well the value of volunteers in our society and the unlimited personal rewards volunteers receive when they volunteer.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t feel moved or blessed by the impact OzHarvest has had.”

It’s no surprise Ronni Kahn was named ‘Australian Local Hero’ in the 2010 Australian Of The Year Awards.

Watch this Space

 

In the words spoken by Mary Lee “let us be up and doing”, … that’s exactly what I’ve been doing to bring you something exciting in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned……

 

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Silvia Hart – Super Seasonal

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

At the age of 15, I remember horse riding with Silvia around Basket Range and eating fresh apples from the trees. In fact, most of my memories of Silvia involve food and the things she’s made from them like ‘sugar’ for removing leg hair, an awesome honey facial scrub and even just this morning, drinking the ‘Winter Green’ raw honey mixed with lemon to help my sore throat (and it did!).

I think it’s fair enough to say Silvia has always being into fresh produce and concocting all sorts of wonders from them. It’s not hard to believe she’s where she’s at today…..opening the supremely updated ‘Seasonal Garden Café’ at the, to be envied address, No.100 Mt Barker Rd, Hahndorf!

Silvia originally opened the Seasonal Garden Cafe in 2012 after selling her successful Honey Lady business, she quickly out grew her first café and moved next door to bigger premises which she has once again out grown.

Silvia is dedicated to good seasonal produce, supporting local farmers and food producers as a Premium Food and Wine Ambassador for South Australian and a keen advocate for Ozharvest. She is in the perfect spot to elevate this platform and I’m sure there is a cooking show and a book in her yet!

Rosie Batty – White Ribbon Woman

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015
With Australian Domestic Violence at breaking point,

It was a stroke of genius to appoint,
Rosie Batty the 2015 Australian of the year.

So many women shed a tear.
Not just women, but their children and families too

In the hope that Rosie’s story and campaigning can break through.

Rosie came to Adelaide this morning
Domestic Violence she was scorning

at the white ribbon breakfast.

Premier Jay Weatherill puts forward a prospectus
familiar with the appalling statistics

He announces new logistics

For women to access the criminal records of their partners
to see if they are hiding any potential darkness.
The world needs people to speak out and make change
Just like Rosie Batty has done at close range.

Fiona Patten – Major Minor

Fiona Patten MLC was elected to the Legislative Council to represent the Northern Metropolitan Region in the 2014 Victorian State Election.  She is the founder and leader of Australian Sex Party – a minor party having a major effect.  In 2009, Fiona set up the Australian Sex Party out of frustration and disappointment in regard to the lack of social change on many issues and not just what one imagines is all about sex!  Her party has policies on Drug Law Reform, Dying With Dignity, Taxing Religious Institutions and minimising Government intervention on adult’s lives.

Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015
Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015

This photograph illustrates the party’s Federal Religion and Ethics policy – (from Australian Sex Party website):

“Church owned companies include some of the most well known brands in Australia including cereal manufacturers, insurance companies and publishers and yet they don’t pay income tax. A conservative estimate is that income tax exemptions alone to churches and religious organisations cost taxpayers nearly $ 20 billion a year. Add to that GST concessions, exemptions from capital gains tax (on property and share trading) and the Fringe Benefits Tax Exemption and the cost to tax payers is staggering.”

However this week, Fiona is celebrating and welcoming the Federal Governments move to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes.  Something she has lobbied on for decades.

When I photographed Fiona I thought she had a great look and fashion sense, as it turns out before politics she was a fashion designer with her own label ‘Body Politics’ which she sold from a shop in Canberra, it seems as though politics was a driving force back then!

Mia Klitsas talks pads for pads

Mia Klitsas identifies with the dictionary definition for the name of the sanitary products she sells, Moxie; force of character, determination, or nerve.

Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015
Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015

After learning about girls in Uganda missing up to 20% of their school time due to unmanageable periods, Mia was determined to do something about it. Realising she couldn’t just ship over the sanitary items she already sells because of landfill and other issues, she found AFRIpads, a group making reusable pads in Uganda. Mia started a campaign where a percentage of the profits from the sale of her popular Moxie pads, is used to buy the AFRIpads kits. In 2013 she bought 500 AFRIpads kits and gave them to 500 school girls in Uganda. Today, we were told they have just hit the milestone of 10,000 girls with the sustainable and re-usable AFRIpads kits, happily using them and happily going in school.

Mia Klitsas encouraged us today at the Because I Am A Girl 2015 Adelaide Breakfast to ignite change, think about the impact we could have with just with one idea, locally or globally. Mia says she only has a small team of 5 including her business partner, Jeff Gore but the impact they have had already is infinite.

http://moxie.com.au/pads-for-pads/