Recommended 16 Days Resources

Recommendations from the staff at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and CARE Partner Organisations, including books, films, tv series, podcasts and more.

Recommended Reading

See What You Made Me Do – By Jess Hill 

Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems that enable them – in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience – abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence – not in generations to come, but today.

The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner – by Grace Tame 

Grace Tame has never walked on middle ground. From a young age, her life was defined by uncertainty – by trauma and strength, sadness and hope, terrible lows and wondrous highs. As a teenager she found the courage to speak up after experiencing awful and ongoing child sexual abuse. This fight to find her voice would not be her last. 

Invisible Women – by Caroline Criado Perez 

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences. 

Not Now, Not Ever: Ten Years on From the Misogyny Speech – by Julia Gillard

Ten years on from the speech that stopped us all in our tracks – Julia Gillard’s Misogyny Speech. Where were you then? And where are we now? 

Everyday Sexism – by Laura Bates

From being harassed and wolf-whistled at on the street, to discrimination in the workplace and serious sexual assault, it is clear that sexism had become normalised. But Bates inspires women to lead a real change and writes this ‘extremely powerful book that could, and should, win hearts and minds right across the spectrum’ 

Men Who Hate Women – by Laura Bates 

Laura Bates goes undercover to expose vast misogynist networks and communities. It’s a deep dive into the worldwide extremism nobody talks about. Interviews with former members of these groups and the people fighting against them gives unique insights into how this movement operates. 

Fix the System Not the Women – by Laura Bates 

In this explosive book, feminist writer and activist Laura Bates exposes the systemic prejudice at the heart of five of our key institutions – Education, Politics, Media, Policing, and Criminal justice. 

Misogynation – by Laura Bates

In this collection of essays Laura Bates uncovers the sexism that exists in our relationships, our workplaces, our media, in our homes and on our streets, but which is also firmly rooted in our lifelong assumptions and in the actions and attitudes we explain away, defend and accept. Misogynation joins the dots to reveal the true scale of discrimination and prejudice women face. 

The Guilty Feminist – by Deoborah Frances White

From inclusion to the secret autonomy in rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about power structures, Deborah explores what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist, and encourages us to make the world better for everyone. 

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty – by Florence Given

An accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we’re either not enough or too much, it’s time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society. 

Fight Like A Girl – by Clementine Ford 

An essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat. 

Boys Will Be Boys – by Clementine Ford

This book examines what needs to change for that equality to become a reality. It answers the question most asked of Clementine: ‘How do I raise my son to respect women and give them equal space in the world? How do I make sure he’s a supporter and not a perpetrator?’ 

The Reckoning: How #metoo is Changing Australia – by Jess Hill

In this electrifying essay, Jess Hill traces the conditions that gave birth to #MeToo and tells the stories of women who – often at great personal cost – found themselves at the centre of this movement. Hill exposes the networks of backlash against them – in government, media, schools, and in our national psyche. 

On Reckoning – by Amy Remeikis

The Guardian’s political reporter Amy Remeikis has spoken before about being a survivor of sexual assault, but Brittany Higgins going public with her story ripped the curtain back not just on political attempts to deal with real-world issues, but also how unsafe women can be, even inside the most protected building in the country. 

Teaching Consent – by Jane Gilmore

Teaching Consent tells the stories of children, teens, teachers, and educators in consent and respectful relationship classes.  

The Pronoun Lowdown – by Nevo Zisin  

We find ourselves at an exciting moment in history. For the first time, trans and gender diverse people are being seen and heard. Thanks to tireless activism, and an increased visibility worldwide, these lived experiences (the joyful, and the painful) are no longer able to be ignored. And so, The Pronoun Lowdown is here to demystify and celebrate trans and gender diverse excellence. 

Recommended Film + TV

Home Safe – A TV series about twenty-something year old Phoebe, who leaves her job at a prominent law firm to work at a family violence legal centre. Pressure mounts to save the centre as relationships are tested. 

Asking For It – In this doco-series Jess Hill explores the contemporary sexual revolution seeking to bring about an era of `enthusiastic consent’ at a time when millions of Australians are living with an epidemic of sexual violence.

The Hunting Ground –  A critically acclaimed feature documentary that chronicles the personal stories of students who have been sexually assaulted on American university campuses. Interweaving observational footage, expert insights and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors pursuing both their education and justice in the face of institutional failure to respond effectively and appropriately to their reports.

Heartstopper A British coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama television series on Netflix, adapted from the web-comic and graphic novel of the same name by Alice Oseman.

Women of Steel – A documentary about Australia’s longest running sexual discrimination case in 1980. Using rare archival footage and speaking directly to camera, these Women of Steel tell their own stories for the first time on film.

See What You Made Me Do – a 3-part documentary series that explores one of the most complex and urgent issues of our time – domestic abuse. Presented by investigative journalist Jess Hill, this series examines the fine lines between love, abuse and power. 

Recommended Podcasts

The Trap Hosted by Jess Hill, this podcast looks deeply at abuse that happens in private, and in public, searching the world for answers to the questions that continue to confound us. Why does domestic abuse persist? Why do people become abusive? And what can we do to prevent it?

Growing Up CluelessA podcast from two young Macedon Ranges women, Laura Crozier and Miranda Johnson-Jones, that centres around issues that young people are facing but aren’t being spoken about in mainstream education. From relationships to consent, to how to talk to your doctor about getting an STI check, to navigating mental health struggles – the hosts help young people and their parents/carers to feel empowered to have the tough conversations and change the narrative around these taboo topics.

The Guilty Feminist Each week the presenters discuss our noble goals as 21st century feminists and the hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine them.

A Podcast of One’s OwnFormer Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard presents a podcast in her role as Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. In each episode Julia leads a thoughtful but fun discussion with well-known female (and some male) leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment, media, sport and many more. By celebrating their stories and learning the lessons from their lives, the podcast gives us insight into what needs to be done so more women get to lead.

No More Violence Against Women In the “No More Violence Against Women” podcast, the WAVE Network and its members, women’s human rights feminist activists, aim to give insight on topics such as intimate partner violence, online violence, femicides, important legislation such as the Istanbul Convention, and more to highlight the different forms and dimensions of violence against women and girls.

Behind the Doors of Domestic ViolenceBehind the Doors of Domestic Violence; presented by the Queensland Police Service’ aims to raise community awareness, empower victim survivors and bystanders alike and ultimately change the behaviours of those who use abusive tactics within their relationships.

There’s No Place Like Home – Through ten captivating episodes, There’s No Place Like Home pulls back the curtain to reveal the nature and impact of domestic and family violence in Australia. Told in survivors’ own words, each episode tells the story of ten extraordinary people who generously share their most intimate thoughts, feelings, and experiences with you.

Recommended Kids Books

Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect – by Jayneen Sanders. Teaching children about body ownership, respect, feelings, choices and recognizing non-consensual behaviours. 

Everyone’s Got a Bottom – by Tess Rowley. This book tells the story about Ben and his brother and sister who learn about their bodies. It is a tool for parents and carers to gently start a conversation with children about self-protection. The story helps children learn about keeping safe in a style that is fun, positive and protective.

Sex is a Funny Word – by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth. A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers.

Kit and Arlo Find a Way– by Ingrid Laguna and Vanessa Hamilton. A resource for schools and families needing a more in-depth consent and respectful relationships curriculum.

Rainbow Fox – by Lightning Reef Early Learning Centre children. A story about three unlikely friends who find connection. A resource for parents and early years professionals to talk with children about gender equality and respectful relationships. 

Recommended Video Shorts

Change Our Game – Women in Sports This video discusses gender stereotyping in sport, why we need to value women’s sport equally and how to provide more leadership opportunities for women in sport. 

Healthy Masculinities and Social Settings  –   These short animations were developed by Campaspe Primary Care Partnership partner organisations Echuca Regional Health, Campaspe Shire Council, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and Kyabram District Health Service.

The Loddon Consortium for Gender Equality and Violence Prevention Talks Consent A recording of an online forum event held as part of the 16 Days of Activism program in 2021, featuring members of the Loddon Consortium for Gender Equality and Violence Prevention.

It’s time to Talk Macedon Ranges Youth Ambassadors created this video resource discussing the topic of consent. The video is aimed at a secondary age/young adult audience

Addressing Reproductive Coercion: Access & Equity Part 1 and Part 2 a two-part online forum series developed by Women’s Health in the North and Women’s Health Victoria exploring the issue of reproductive coercion and the intersection of sexual and reproductive health and violence against women.