June 21, 2021
In case you missed it, each week I will be taking you through some key headlines, with a focus on highlighting women in media. Here's your wrap up for 14 - 20 June 2021:
1. Road To Reunion
As reported by ABC News
In a world TV exclusive, Sarah Ferguson reports on the fallout of a brutal US immigration policy that tore families apart. She tracks the journey of one mother seeking to reunite with her children after four painful years alone.
"I begged them to please not take my mum. I told them that it would be better if they deported us to Mexico instead of separating her from me, but they told me...that I had to say goodbye."
2. I’m a CEO sleeping out for Vinnies, but 30 years ago I really was sleeping rough
As reported by Sydney Morning Herald
Once homeless, Jason Blaiklock, chief executive of Australian Opal Cutters shares his story of hardship living on the streets. He describes that he saw, "the worst in people as they passed me by. Some threw comments that were harsh, cruel and destructive.
But I also saw the best in people. I remember two vividly. One woman approached me with the biggest smile and asked: “How are you doing?” There was so much love in her voice, I’ll never forget it. Then there was the lady who gave me a sandwich. I hadn’t eaten for three days."
30 years later, Jason joins many Sydney CEOs sleeping out for Vinnies.
3. Caroline Wilson’s comments highlight Australia’s parenting gender gap. We must change the conversation.
As reported by Womens Agenda
Sports journalist Caroline Wilson caused some disharmony last week, after her comments about two St Kilda players, Seb Ross and Tim Membrey, hit a nerve in the AFL world. Ross and Membrey missed their team’s clash with Adelaide in Cairns. The players had made the decision to head home ahead of the game; Membrey’s wife was due to give birth and Ross’ wife was at home with new born twins.
Being supportive of new mothers is something most Australians would acknowledge is important. But having social structures that offer men the opportunity to be present fathers, who take on caring responsibilities, is just as essential. And it would go a long way to progressing gender equity in this country.
Tune in again next week for more headlines!
About Louise Nealon
Award-winning Communications Director, Louise Nealon, helps purpose-led organisations and minority groups that support humanity, to be visible and heard – in order to create positive change in the world.