crime clfWith apologies for the late notice and (related) general commiserations on the parlous state of Australian public life, I’m pleased to announce that the next CLF will focus on Feminism and Crime.

We know that there are crimes that overwhelmingly and disproportionately affect women, but what can we do about the way they are handled by the criminal justice system? The mainstream media coverage of crimes against women, specifically violent crimes, is part of a bigger problem we face in reducing violence against women, and empowering survivors to speak out.

But often there is no survivor, and the Jill Meagher rape and murder has hurt us all deeply – what sense can we make of it? And why doesn’t Sarah Cafferkey’s life count for as much? If one woman a week is murdered by her partner, why isn’t this a national emergency?

We’ll also look at the crime women commit, and why, and how women can be criminalised for falling outside of societal norms – sex workers, single mothers, trans* women, Indigenous women living under the Intervention, and victims of sexual violence who aren’t considered “innocent”.

So if you work in the criminal justice system, or tangentially with it, or you just care about the connection between gender and crime, I’ve got another brilliant panel for you.

I’m incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be welcoming these brilliant women to the CLF stage:

PM Newton: crime novelist, commentator, ex-cop, feminist

Belinda Lo: lawyer, advocate, community educator, feminist

Natasha Ludowyk: researcher, criminologist, policy specialist, feminist.

Can you believe that? I’m so pumped for this one. We have so much to talk about and such amazing, smart women to do it with. See you there!

Tuesday 2 July
7-9pm in the Bandroom
The Gasometer Hotel
Cnr Alexandra Pde & Smith St
$10 waged/$5 unwaged or good story
Kitchen open 6-9.30pm