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Urban Life: Women Speaking

This gender equality program dives into the roles of women in our culture. Students will meet and interview women from a cross-section of Australian society to develop enduring understandings of what it means to be a woman in Australia. Students identify social, political and economic issues faced by females in various roles and capacities, and empower themselves through design thinking, inquiry-based learning and service-learning to positively impact lives and communities in Australia. Students learn more about themselves and their place in the world, and develop empathy and compassion through building personal connections with women from different backgrounds.

Highlights

Research, meet and interview women from a cross-section of society to understand the significance of women in Australian society.

Identify social, political and economic realities faced by females in various roles and capacities.

Empower students through inquiry-based learning and service-learning to become active in social impact and enterprise.

Foster empathy and compassion in students through connections with women from marginalised communities.

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Welcome to Melbourne! Upon arrival you will be met by your Infuse program leaders and will be given an introduction to your program. Learn more about the week ahead and familiarise yourself with the itinerary. This afternoon you will participate in a walking tour of Melbourne. This guided walking tour will help you to become more familiar with the Melbourne area. It will also visit important places that tell stories of events that have influenced social justice and freedoms for women in Australia.

Overnight: Hostel Dorm Rooms, Melbourne

Day 2: St Kilda Gatehouse and Service

This morning we will head to the beachside neighbourhood of St Kilda to visit the St Kilda Gatehouse. St Kilda Gatehouse is a charity organisation that provides support to women that may be experiencing hardship due to sexual exploitation, mental illness, addiction, poverty, domestic violence and social isolation. The Gatehouse provides a space of belonging and safety for these women as well as crisis care, clothing, toiletries, someone to talk to and a safe place to sleep. In the morning you will learn all about the work that St Kilda Gatehouse are doing when you sit down with one of their staff members for an educational Q & A session. Following your information session you will participate in a service learning project with the Gatehouse. You may find yourself helping out in one of their op shops or packaging toiletries and necessities for the women that utilise the service.

Following service we will debrief as a group over a yummy lunch in St Kilda before making our way back to one of Melbourne’s many city parks for some games and activities.

Overnight: Hostel Dorm Rooms, Melbourne

Day 3: Her Place Museum and Victorian Women’s Trust

Today we will make our way to East Melbourne where our first stop will be a visit to the Her Place Museum. Her Place is a not-for-profit organisation that celebrates the social, civic and entrepreneurial achievements of all Australian women and their role in shaping our nation. You will have the opportunity to spend some time at the museum and walk through the different exhibitions. This afternoon we will sit down with one of the staff members from the Victorian Women’s Trust. We will hear all about the work that the trust is doing to achieve full gender equality in Victoria and a world where women and girls take up all of life’s opportunities with respect, safety and dignity.

Overnight: Hostel Dorm Rooms, Melbourne

Days 4 - 6: Women Speaking Interviews and Service

For the next three mornings you will research, meet and interview women from a cross section of society to understand the significance of women in Australian society. You will be given a list of women to choose from to interview, these women will work in a variety of professions and come from a number of different backgrounds. You will be given some background information about the women you choose to interview and you will be required to come up with questions you would like to ask them.

In the afternoons you will participate in service projects with one or more of Infuse’ community partners. Your service projects will be determined by the needs of our partners at the time of your visit.

On the final afternoon and evening of day six, you will spend time with your group debriefing and discussing the things you have learnt over the past week. You will spend your final night enjoying a delicious final dinner together.

Overnight: Hostel Dorm Rooms, Melbourne

Day 7: Departure

Today you will say goodbye to your Infuse leaders before making the journey home. We hope that this program has opened your eyes to some of the issues that women face in society today and the ways in which they overcome these challenges.