Weekly News Headlines: Edition Seven

Louise Nealon


May 24, 2021

In case you missed it, each week I will be taking you through some key headlines highlighting women in media from key publications. Here's your wrap up for 17 - 23 May 2021:

1. "I want to share something really personal." Demi Lovato now identifies as non-binary and chooses the pronouns they/them.

As reported by Mamamia

Internationally acclaimed singer, Demi Lovato said last week in a video to their social media followings: "Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity and chance to be who we want and wish to be. I’ve spent the majority of my life growing in front of all of you… you’ve seen the good, the bad, and everything in between.

"Not only has my life been a journey for myself, I was also living for those on the other side of the cameras. Today is a day I'm so happy to share more of my life with you all - I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.

"This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning and coming into myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones."

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2. Chanel Contos to meet Scott Morrison to discuss sex consent education reforms

As reported by The Guardian

Chanel Contos, former Sydney schoolgirl, whose petition for sex education to be taught earlier in schools went viral, is meeting with Prime minister Scott Morrison to discuss reforms to combat rape culture.

Currently studying in London, Contos shot to prominence in mid-February when a poll she conducted on social media asking whether any of her friends who attended Sydney private schools had been raped or sexually assaulted went viral.

Contos is wanting high school children to be taught about sexual coercion and "fawning" - which is when potential victims are nice to the perpetrator to survive an ordeal like sexual assault.

“We need to tell them from a young age that sexual assault includes oral sex,” she said.

“That the rapist to most worry about is not the one that might jump at you in an alleyway but the person you trust, who you might kiss consensually earlier in the night.

“We need to teach them about intoxication, that if a person is intoxicated they cannot consent. If your tactic for a night out is to get someone drunk, that is not consent.”

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3. “Now or never”: if the Government wants to win over the next generation of Australian voters, it must take serious action on climate change now

As reported by Women's Agenda

On Friday 21 May 2021, thousands took to the streets across the country to demand more from the Australian government regarding climate change.

Margaret and Olivia, both students from Sydney were among those who walked out of schools nationwide to demand:

no new coal, oil and gas projects, 100% renewable energy generation, and to fund job creation and transition for fossil fuel workers.

"One of the silver linings we observed through the pandemic and lockdowns of the last year was that it seemed as if the environment began to heal. For a brief moment we felt hope. Perhaps seeing these beautiful images of clear water in Venice and blue skies in New Delhi would help everyone realise that our planet is something we can’t afford to lose. But as we’ve emerged out of COVID-19 here in Australia, into what we thought would be a new normal, it appears that very little has changed."

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Tune in again next week for more headlines!

Louise Nealon

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.

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