The Women’s Portfolio is run by the Women’s Officer with the support of a subcommittee consisting of eight female-identifying students. It seeks to organise events and opportunities for female-identifying students throughout the course of the year and, in particular, aims to facilitate a network of women at Sydney Law School and within the wider legal profession.
Some of the key events and programs run by the Women’s Portfolio include:
INTERVARSITY GENDER AND THE LAW SUMMIT
Sponsored by Clayton Utz
Following the success of past years, SULS, UNSW Law Society and UTS Law Society presented the Intervarsity Gender and the Law Summit on 12 May 2018. The summit aimed to evoke discussion on prominent issues affecting women and the law. It was also an important opportunity to forge positive connections between female students and professionals engaged in the law.
The first panel discussion was on 'Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession'. The speakers were Kristen Lopes, Partner, CBP Lawyers, Jackie Lyne, Legal Officer, Anti-Discrimination Board NSW, Helen Campbell, Executive officer, Women's Legal Service and Kate Eastman SC, Barrister. The second panel discussion was on 'Flexible Work in the Legal Profession'. The speakers were Mandy Tsang, Senior Associate, Kings & Wood Mallesons, Susan Price, Employee lawyer and diversity consultant specialising in discrimination and Lee-May Saw, Barrister and Australian Women's Lawyers NSW Representative. The final session for the day consisted of an 'Unconscious Gender Bias' Workshop. This was presented by Alison Woolsey, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Clayton Utz and Lauren Levin, Flexibility Manager, Clayton Utz.
The 2018 Summit provided eye-opening and important insights into the many gender equality struggles that women face today, but also illuminated a hopeful path that we can construct to counteract discrimination.
King & Wood Mallesons Women’s Mentoring Program
For the past fourteen years, SULS has been running the Women’s Mentoring Program to pair senior female law students with women working in an area of the legal profession that is of interest to them.
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Yemaya is an interdisciplinary Journal of Gender and Sexuality published by the Sydney University Law Society.
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Panels and Thought Discussions
The Women's Committee also convenes panels that debate gender issues relating to the law and legal profession. In semester 1, the committee held a panel discussion on the issue of image-based abuse and the recently introduced criminal offences in NSW targeting the sharing and recording of intimate images without consent. The speakers on the panel were Professor Barbara McDonald, Sydney University Law School, Sue Gabor and Jessica Di Blasio, Image-based Abuse team, Office of the eSafety Commissioner, and Jessica Raffal, solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW.
The Women’s Officer liaises with organisations such as Women’s Legal Services NSW to promote volunteering opportunities in relation to the provision of legal services and support for women across NSW. Any available positions will be advertised by the Women’s Officer. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's support services
At the University of Sydney, the majority of students identify as women; yet, the treatment of women on and off campus still leaves much to be desired. Women often face significant barriers when engaging with health and legal services, and violence against women is a vastly ignored social issue.
While progress has been made, there is still work to be done before anything resembling gender equality can be achieved, both at university and in society in general. The University of Sydney has several groups on campus that provide a social space and advocate on behalf of women, as well as connections to off-campus services that can assist female students during their time at university.
Sydney University Law Society (SULS), Women’s Officer
For inquiries relating to any issues, please feel free to contact the Women’s Officer at email@example.com or visit the SULS office.
USYD Women’s Collective
The University of Sydney’s SRC Women’s Collective is a group of woman-identifying students who meet weekly for discussion and to autonomously plan events and campaigns around issues that affect women on campus. The Women’s Collective is run by the elected Women’s Officers. The Collective holds social gatherings, publishes Growing Strong and Women’s Honi, as well as co-ordinating intervarsity and off-campus events.
There are also autonomous subgroups within the Collective – such as the Women of Colour Collective and Queer Women Collective – which hold their own meetings and organise their own events.
The Women’s Collective meets on Wednesdays at 1pm in the Women’s Room. The Women’s Room is located on Level 2, Manning House.
Women of Colour Collective: https://www.facebook.com/groups/502317086477436/
USU Women’s Students Event Coordinator
The USU Women’s Students Event Coordinator runs events and campaigns on campus related to women issues. Their role focuses on promoting women’s rights and safety on campus.
For more information, contact the USU Women’s Students Event Coordinator, Kate Bullen, on 0424 628 831.
Women’s Legal Service NSW
The Women’s Legal Service NSW is a community legal centre providing women across NSW who are disadvantaged by their circumstances with a range of free legal services. These services include the Domestic Violence Legal Service and Indigenous Women’s Legal Program, as well as general legal advice and casework. They also foster legal and social change through community legal education and law and policy reform.
A: PO Box 206, Lidcombe NSW 1825
P: 8745 6900 (general enquiries) or 8745 6988 (advice line)
NSW Rape Crisis Centre
The NSW Rape Crisis Centre offers 24/7 telephone and online counselling services for anyone who is at risk of or has experienced sexual assault, family or domestic violence. Counsellors can also provide support for non offending family members and friends.
P: 1800 424 017
NSW Health Sexual Assault Services
The NSW Health Sexual Assault Services are stations staffed by specially trained counsellors based in hospitals or community health centres across NSW. These offices offer 24-hour crisis counselling, medical care and forensic tests, as well information regarding legal action and police contact.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
A: Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW 2050
P (24 hours): 9515 6111
Royal North Shore Hospital
A: Building 30, Block 1A, Pacific Highway, St Leonards 1A
Phone (24 hours): 9926 7111