On Breastfeeding

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2022) theme is ‘Step up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’. The focus is on strengthening the capacity of actors to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across different levels of society.

In 2022, tension remains between the expectation for women to return to paid work and public health messages regarding the importance of breastfeeding. Additionally, there are gaps in the policy framework to support breastfeeding adequately.

Heads Up

I ring my bell, but they don’t hear. I shout, but they don’t hear. I wave my hand, but they don’t see. Eventually, I swerve my bike around them and make tut-tut noises. When I was working with a man with vision impairment, he referred to them as “the drones”. He was describing the increasingContinue reading “Heads Up”

Sharing the Motherload

Having been a social planner for over ten years, I am acutely aware of how historical town planning has overlooked the needs of women and mothers.  In their article for The Conversation, academics Dorina Pojani, Dorothy Wardale, and Kerry Brown illustrate this clearly, painting a picture of cities zoned to separate the core activities ofContinue reading “Sharing the Motherload”

Submission to the Draft 2022-2032 Cycling Strategy for South Australia

Currently, the draft Cycling Strategy doesn’t adequately acknowledge the gender disparity between cyclists. Men ride twice as much as women. We need a strategy that acknowledges the gender disparity in cycling participation and puts in place actions to overcome them.

Let’s create a safe cycling link between the Westside Bikeway and Anzac Highway.

Do you want to cycle safely in the Inner South West of Adelaide?

The City of West Torrens is currently asking for feedback on their draft Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM) by 15 April 2022.

This is my submission.

Give dads a go; Is Australia leaving dads behind?

“You can make a strong case that Australia is falling further behind in paternity leave. We’re falling behind the global leaders and this is a real problem for us. If we’re serious about gender equality, then this is something we need to fix urgently” – Professor Andrew Scott, The Nordic Policy Centre at The Australia Institute