By: millie.rooney | February 05, 2017

“We shall RISE!”

I keep hearing that phrase, keep hearing the powerful Alicia Keys and her Girl on Fire speech at the Women’s March on Washington.

Oh girl oh girl, there is a power awakening and we are unstoppable.

Like many women across the globe I have felt heartened and empowered and excited (excited!) by the turn out to the women’s marches around the world. I’m excited and in awe of the potential power that can be unleashed by our collective womanhood. I’m astonished at how simple this power might actually be, and that perhaps despite difference and despite the challenges that will come when push comes to shove and those of us with the privilege have to give some of it up, despite this, the type of power that women have gives me hope. B...

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By: millie.rooney | August 02, 2015

This is a  slightly modified version of a piece I originally published on a different blog in November 2013.

Recently The Conversation published a piece by Julian Burnside which resonated with me and the work that I do. While Burnside was writing in the context of the Australian response to asylum seekers, much of what he wrote about gets to the heart of what I think is an important contribution of my own work.

Burnside argues an increasing sense of disconnection, felt by an increasing number of people, is a major problem in contemporary Australian life. He writes:

People are disconnected so they are not heard, then they shout louder, and are still not heard, so they shout louder and louder until people become afraid of them and shun them...