16 days of Activism against Gendered Violence

The UN Women theme for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2020 is UNiTE "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!"

You can find more information about this campaign here: https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism

The Faculty of Arts, Architecture and Design Gender Champions, School of Social Sciences and the Gendered Violence Research Network are ‘collecting’ recommendations of films, books, podcasts and songs to post on our websites to raise the profile of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2020.

If you have thought provoking, challenging and reflective works that touch on gendered violence that you would like us to share please send them to gvrn@unsw.edu.au

  • The natural way of things, Charlotte Wood: A gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.
  • See what you made me do - Power, Control & Domestic Abuse, Jess Hill:  Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators - and the systems that enable them - in the spotlight. Combining forensic research with riveting storytelling, it challenges everything one thought one knew about domestic abuse.
  • Ain't I a Woman, Bell Hooks: A provocative and inspiring book on the culture and politics of black women's rights. In this classic study, cultural critic Bell Hooks examines how black women, from the seventeenth century to the present day, were and are oppressed by both white men and black men and by white women. While acknowledging that the conflict of loyalty to race or sex is still a dilemma, hooks challenges the view that race and gender are two separate phenomena, insisting that the struggles to end racism and sexism are inextricably intertwined.
  • Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo: Teeming with energy, humour and heart, a love song to black Britain told by twelve very different people. Twelve people, mostly black and female, more than a hundred years of change, and one sweeping, vibrant, glorious portrait of contemporary Britain.
  • The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Attwood: In Margaret Atwood's dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead's commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic.
  • The Colour Purple, Alice Walker: A feminist work about an abused and uneducated African American womans struggle for empowerment/ Set in the deep American South between the wars, The Color Purple is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker - a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.
  • The woman who walked into doors, Roddy Doyle: From the Booker Prize winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Commitments comes the story of Paula Spencer: Paula is thirty-nine, the mother of four and learning to live without Charlo, her violent, abusive husband. It is the story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary character.
  • The Book of Emmett, Deborah Forster: Emmett Brown is as dark as Heathcliff, and as unpredictable. He's a man of booze and obsessions. When the lottery numbers and horses fail him, so do love and reason, and he becomes an ogre to his wife and children. For the innocents - Louisa, Rob, Peter, Daniel and Jessie - the bonds formed hiding in hedges at the end of the street, waiting for the maelstroms to pass, are complex and unbreakable. Over the years, the consequences of Emmett's rages shape both their spirits and psyches, but as he lies dying they discover that love-however imperfect-is the best defence against pain.
  • Where the Crawdads sing, Delia Owens: Owen’s debut novel juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation.
  • The Bone People, Keri Hulme: The powerful, visionary, Booker Award–winning novel about the complicated relationships between three outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage. Keri Hulme has created what is at once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where indigenous and European New Zealand meet, clash, and sometimes merge.
  • A Little Life Hanya, Yanagihara: An immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. A remarkable tale of love, friendship and the difficulties of embracing life when everything conspires against your right to happiness.
  • Daddy, Emma Cline: In ten remarkable stories, Emma Cline portrays moments when the ordinary is disturbed, when daily life buckles, revealing the perversity and violence pulsing under the surface. She explores characters navigating the edge, the limits of themselves and those around them: power dynamics in families, in relationships, the distance between their true and false selves.
  • Homegoing Yaa Gyasi: Effia and Esi are two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. The novel takes us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations.
  • Asking For It,  Louise ONeil: One night in a small town in County Cork, where everyone knows everyone, things spiral terrifyingly out of control. What will happen to Emma, to her family, to the others.  ‘A genuinely heartbreaking, sickening and truthful examination of society's penchant for victim blaming, its treatment of women and the concept of rape culture’ Guardian. 
  • Shout, Laurie Hale Anderson: Laurie Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a critically acclaimed poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. (In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven among deeply personal stories from her life that shes never written about before. Praised as captivating,” “powerful,” and essential” by critics, this searing and soul-searching memoir is a denouncement of our societys failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts).
  • Circe, Madeleine Miller: Circe is the hero of her own epic…. Miller has created a daring feminist take on a classic narrative; although the setting is a mystical world of gods, monsters, and nymphs, the protagonist at its heart is like any of us. A free woman, the author seems to be saying, must be willing to forsake the trappings of birthright and rank in order to claim her destiny, whether thousands of years ago or today.” ―O Magazine. The ancient stories and characters are reshaped by truths that modern women can finally speak about sisterhood and sexism, rape and rage, and most exquisitely, motherhood.” ―People.     
  • Desert Flowe, Waris Dirie: Inspirational, dramatic and extraordinary - the autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 5, sold in marriage at 13, who became an American model and then the UN spokeswoman against circumcision.
  • Ladies We Need to Talk Emotional Abuse, ABC Radio: A podcast for women, by women, that isnt afraid to dive head first into the tricky topics we often avoid talking about. Join host Yumi Stynes as she tears open the sealed section on life. With sensitivity, personal stories, and serious smarts, this is for women who feel the squeeze between work, their private life, and their pelvic floor. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/ladies-we-need-to-talk 
  • Teachers Pet- ABC Podcast: Lyn and Chris Dawson appear to have the perfect marriage. He's a star footballer and popular high school teacher. She's a devoted wife and mother. They share a beautiful home above Sydney's northern beaches. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. This is no fairytale, but a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder. The Australian's Hedley Thomas digs deep into a cold case which has been unsolved for 36 years, uncovering startling new evidence. https://au.radio.net/p/theteacherspet
  • Barrenjoey Rd – ABC Radio Unravel True Crime podcast: When 18-year-old Trudie Adams goes missing hitchhiking home on Sydneys northern beaches in 1978, a family and community are devastated.  The case exposes the dark underbelly of the insular peninsula”… a world where surfers run drugs home from Bali, gangs of men prowl the beaches and predators have unchecked power.   The story of Barrenjoey Road explores why the case was never solved and takes us all the way to the top... to a criminal monster with links to organised crime and police corruption at the highest level. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/truecrime/barrenjoey-road-ep1/10351016
  • Unspeakable - Understanding sexual crime: Unspeakable is a podcast produced by Victoria Police. It offers a rare glimpse into the real life cases and the people behind them. Over six episodes, you'll hear from investigators, experts, victim-survivors, bringing their stories out from the shadows and into the light reality. https://soundcloud.com/unspeakable-by-victoriapolice/ep-01-reporting and https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/unspeakable/id1278241460?mt=2 
  • Rosie Waterland: Mum says my memoir is a lie: In 2015, Rosie Waterland published a memoir called "The Anti-Cool Girl". The book is about her childhood, her growing up, and her becoming an adult; all with mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted parents, child protection, foster care, caravans and couches. In this podcast, Rosie and her mum Lisa talk about the book. In each episode Rosie reads a chapter from the book, and then Rosie and Lisa talk through it-is it all true or false? What really happened?
    https://www.podcastoneaustralia.com.au/podcasts/mum-says-my-memoir-is-a-lie
  • Guilty Feminist: An award-winning podcast and live show hosted by Deborah Francis-White. It is a supportive forum to discuss the big topics all 21st century feminists agree on. 
    https://guiltyfeminist.com
  • Birds Eye View: It is the first podcast made with women in the Darwin Correctional Centre. (from a women’s prison – touching on lots of things but also about the backgrounds of the women in prison which can include gendered violence)
    https://www.birdseyeviewpodcast.net
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café (1991): A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. The film was nominated for two Oscars. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101921 
  • Gaslight (1944): Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. This film won two Oscars. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036855/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • The Handmaids Tale - TV Series: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5834204/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • Big Little Lies - TV Series: The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3920596/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • ABC TV: Australian story Beenham Valley Rd (Parts 1 and 2): Burnt-out former policeman Jamie Pultz is haunted by the suspicious death of Kirra McLoughlin six years ago. Kirra was a charismatic young mum he'd met on a domestic violence call-out and he doubted her death, a few months later, was due to natural causes. After he left the police, he joined forces with another young ex-cop Tom Daunt. Together, they launched their own podcast investigation into why no one had been charged over Kirras death.Neither of them would anticipate the dark paths they would go down or their startling discoveries. https://www.abc.net.au/austory/beenham-valley-road---part-1/12651778 
  • ABC TV: Hitting Home Sarah Fergusson: Award-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson spends five months on the frontline of our national domestic violence crisis. #HittingHome https://iview.abc.net.au/show/hitting-home-with-sarah-ferguson 
  • ABC TV: You cant ask that (DFV): Diverse Australians living in judgement confront prejudice and discrimination head-on. The show asks the hard questions and turns the answers into surprising moments of honesty and heart-warming humour. https://iview.abc.net.au/show/you-can-t-ask-that/series/4/video/LE1817H001S00 
  • Bombshell (2019): An American drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph. The film stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, and is based upon the accounts of the women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassmenthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXL33tEUA3g 
  • Loudest Voice - TV Series (Stan): 7-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News, focusing on the past decade which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6821044/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 
  • Once Were Warriors (1994):  A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110729/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • Reviving Ophelia (2010): The difficulties two sisters face raising their teenage daughters. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1690215/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • Private Violence (2014): A feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: "why doesn't she just leave?" Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors - Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women - we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3382636/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl 
  • A Vigilante (2018): After escaping her violent husband, Sadie makes it her life's mission to help free others in danger. After months of rigorous training in survival skills, boxing, and lethal martial arts, she is back with a vengeance. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6211976/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • The Burning Bed (1984): An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087010/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • Audre & Daisy (2016) Documentary: A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5278460/
  • Behind Closed Doors (2017) Documentary: An original four-part crime documentary series produced in association with HBO Asia and Star World, The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors examines the story of a double murder of a teenage girl and her family's household servant in Noida, Indiahttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt7614442/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl 
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) Documentary: In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters disappear in Colorado. With the heartbreaking details emerging, the family's story made headlines around the world. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12987894/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • Unbelievable (2019):  Inspired by real events, a teen reports and eventually recants her reported rape, while two female detectives, states away, investigate evidence that could reveal the truth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTIkUzkbzQk&list=PLg8RSSmVAw_FneGnD4W1uey5uiTIpMQQS&index=19 
  • Pretty Little Liars - TV Series: Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1578873/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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