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The Download with Helen McCabe and Jamila Rizvi
Your weekly snapshot of what’s making news, as well as what Helen and Jamila are reading, watching and listening to.
Live in the Members-Only Facebook group every week on Tuesday at 12pm AEST.
When we asked you what type of content you’re loving, the response was loud and clear: TV and more TV. And as is typical of our Future Women members, you had a LOT of opinions. And you need to talk about them! Enter: TV Club.
Live in the Members-Only Facebook group, whenever we need to debrief on a TV show we can’t stop watching (or hate-watching).
THE DOWNLOAD: A BIG WEEK FOR FUTURE WOMEN
THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER
It’s official! Jobs Academy is accepting applications for the next cohort of women looking for support in their return to work. With so much to chat about this week (including the landmark Respect@Work legislation) we’ve brought you the Download you know and love.
Join FW Founder and Managing Director Helen McCabe and Senior Content Producer Sally Spicer as they unpack the new legislation, plus they share what they’re reading and watching, and the exciting events coming up next at Future Women.
FW LIVE WITH JADE HANSEN
MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER
When it comes to finding the right job at the right time, there are few people with more experience than Jade Hansen, General Manager at Face2Face Recruitment.
From nailing your resume, balancing two job offers and moving in and out of the public service, there’s a lot to navigate and many decisions to be made.
FW Senior Content Producer Bojana Kos sat down with Jade to talk about what people can do to turbocharge their job search as we head towards the end of the year, and an exciting new partnership with Future Women’s Jobs Academy.
FW LIVE WITH DANS BAIN
THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER
In Naarm, a shroud 30-metres long stands on display at Her Place Museum.
On this shroud are 1024 names, each carefully recorded by artist Dans Bain – the names of every woman and child whose lives were stolen by gendered violence since the year 2008. Last year, Dans set out to confront the scale of the crisis of violence in Australia through The Lost Petition – a powerful and deeply moving artwork.
To find out more about Dans’ artwork, and the vital research that drives this exhibition, listen in as FW Managing Editor Mel Fulton and Dans Bain deep-dive into how art can help communities remember, and heal.
THE DOWNLOAD: SUPPORTING PARENTS OF MULTIPLES
TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Helen and Bojana return for a chat with Silje Anderson-Cooke, a Director of the Australian Multiple Births Association, about what can be done to address the additional stresses parents of multiples face.
Later on, they share the stories that got them talking and provide a much-needed update on their latest book, TV and movie recommendations. The Crown, anyone?
FW LIVE WITH LUCY DURACK AND ELISE MCCANN
MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER
These days, there’s an app for everything. Now you can sleep better, meditate more and practice mindfulness, with the handy convenience of your smartphone.
But what about those everyday moments that trip you up?
In the midst of the COVID pandemic and its lockdowns, that’s what friends Lucy Durack and Elise McCann discovered they needed most to help nip those moments in the bud – before they became too big to handle.
And so the exciting and innovative app Hey Lemonade was born.
Join us for an in-depth chat with Lucy and Elise, as we unpack their exciting new digital venture and find out just how they decided to take their lemons, and make lemonade.
THE DOWNLOAD: ASK US ANYTHING
WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER
So what happens when the bosses are away? We hand the reins back to you!
Tarang Chawla and Bojana Kos take over The Download this week, but what they talked about was entirely up to you.
That’s right… it’s an ‘Ask Us Anything’ episode!
Want some insight into how FW works? Curious about what they ate for breakfast? Desperate to know where Tarang gets his eyewear from? Tune in and you’ll find out.
THE DOWNLOAD: WHEN HELEN MET THE MINISTER FOR WOMEN
Tuesday 1 NOVEMBER
Helen gives us the inside scoop on Future Women’s Budget week and what had the whole team celebrating, plus we breakdown a big (and at times, heavy) week of news. Special guest and Head of Jobs Academy, Becky Hansen joins Helen and Bojana to talk about what the Academy will look like in 2023.
THE DOWNLOAD: THE LABOR BUDGET
Tuesday 25 OCTOBER
Generally, budgets are all about fiscal policy, surpluses and deficits and gross domestic product. They’re – you know – budgets.
But this one is different. For the first time in Australian history, treasury will look outside of the traditional economic indicators to see how Australians are really faring in the so-called ‘wellbeing budget’.
Join Managing Director Helen McCabe and Deputy Managing Director Jamila Rizvi for a special pre-budget discussion about what we could see in the 2022 budget – from housing to climate change and beyond.
THE DOWNLOAD: THE PLAN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN A GENERATION
THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER
TW: Family violence.
Right now in Australia, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every 10 days. One in three women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15. On 17 October, a national plan was launched that aims to change that. A plan that pledges to end violence against women and children within a generation.
It is, by far, the most ambitious plan Australia has ever seen. It is a blueprint for a whole of system response – from prevention right through to healing and recovery. There is a stronger focus on intersectionality, and on making all levels of government accountable for addressing the social, cultural, political and economic factors behind gendered violence.
Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Amanda Rishworth MP joins us to discuss this blueprint, the plan for implementation and what she hopes to see in the rollout.
THE DOWNLOAD: THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PLAN
THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER
Right now in Australia, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every 10 days. One in three women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
On the 17th October, a national plan was launched that aims to change that. A plan that pledges to end violence against women and children within a generation. It is, by far, the most ambitious plan Australia has ever seen.
It is a blueprint for a whole of system response – from prevention right through to healing and recovery. There is a stronger focus on intersectionality, and on making all levels of government accountable for addressing the social, cultural, political and economic factors behind gendered violence.
Joining us to discuss this blueprint is the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP. Tune in as we speak about the plan with the Minister who will oversee its rollout.
FW LIVE WITH ANNA SPARGO-RYAN
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER
In the face of all that is difficult and hard to digest in our world, one of the hardest but most essential things to hold onto is a sense of optimism.
This lesson is one that Anna Spargo-Ryan has learnt to live her life by, urging her onward through the difficulties of mental illness and ensuring she never lost sight of the magical moments that make life beautiful. She explores this journey and more in her memoir, A Kind of Magic, which blends research with real experience to piece together the relationship between time, mental illness, and our brain as the keeper of our stories.
THE DOWNLOAD: THE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER
Did you know that girls in South Sudan are more likely to die in childbirth, than graduate secondary school?
It’s unbelievable. But it’s true. And it’s why International Day of the Girl is so important – because we have so much further to go.
Future Women and Plan International Australia celebrated ten years of International Day of the Girl in a crowded Melbourne room. Join Helen McCabe and Sally Spicer as they discuss their key takeaways, and how to empower the girls of the world.
First, though, we are joined by the co-founder of Money School, Lacey Filipich, to discuss the current global economic storm clouds – and how you can insulate yourself.
THE DOWNLOAD: WHAT’S COMING UP FOR FUTURE WOMEN
TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER
Optus has revealed the scale of the biggest cyberattack in corporate Australia, with a staggering 2.1 million ID numbers exposed. What happens next for Optus, and for those affected?
Managing Director Helen McCabe and Senior Content Producer Sally Spicer sit down to discuss the Optus data breach and all the exciting events approaching for Future Women.
FW LIVE WITH GRACE TAME
FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
Grace Tame has never walked on middle ground.
From a young age, her life was defined by uncertainty – by trauma and strength, sadness and hope, terrible lows and wondrous highs. As a teenager she found the courage to speak up after experiencing awful and ongoing child sexual abuse. This fight to find her voice would not be her last.
In 2021, Grace stepped squarely into the public eye as the Australian of the Year and was the catalyst for a tidal wave of conversation and action. Australians from all walks of life were inspired and moved by her fire and passion. She was using her voice and encouraging others to use theirs too.
Grace sits down with FW founder and Managing Director Helen McCabe to discuss her new book, and the winding path that led to it.
THE DOWNLOAD: TEN YEARS ON – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
There are only two weeks left until our International Day of the Girl breakfast panel with Plan International Australia, and we couldn’t be more excited!
To celebrate, we’ve got a special edition of The Download lined up this week, where Managing Director Helen McCabe and Senior Content Producer Sally Spicer will be joined by Deputy CEO of Plan International Australia Hayley Cull to discuss why a focus on uplifting younger generations is so important in the fight for gender equality.
THE DOWNLOAD: EIGHT YEARS ON FROM SERIAL, ADNAN SYED IS RELEASED FROM PRISON
TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
There are quite a few things making headlines at the moment, so for this week’s edition of The Download, we thought we’d try to keep things simple.
Senior Content Producer Bojana Kos and Head of Research and Insights Ruby Leahy Gatfield chat about the Queen and her legacy following her funeral, the release of Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed after 23 years, and what’s in store for our International Day of the Girl breakfast.
THE DOWNLOAD: MARKING THE QUEEN’S DEATH AND THE GRIM OUTLOOK FOR WOMEN IN EXECUTIVE ROLES IN AUSTRALIA
TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
Five days on from the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and tributes, celebrations and heated debate about the monarch’s legacy continue to flow around the world.
Join Jam and Bojana as they take a a look at the pageantry and the practical implications of yet another ‘once-in-a-generation’ event.
Plus, the troubling research that shows gender equity in senior management is sliding back in Australia, and all the latest from Future Women.
THE DOWNLOAD: BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE JOBS SUMMIT
WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
Australia’s much-anticipated Jobs and Skills Summit finally happened… and Future Women’s leaders played two central roles. Helen McCabe was MC, while Jamila Rizvi chaired several panels.
As promised, women – and our economic security – were at the heart of many conversations. The quote of the summit went to Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood, who noted that, “if untapped women’s workforce participation was a massive ore deposit, we would have governments lining up to give tax concessions to get it out of the ground.”
So. What next? There are some big changes on the table. A $3 million disability employment initiative and $1 billion funding commitment for fee-free TAFE, for example. But what about extending paid paid parental leave, and amending the Fair Work Act to strengthen flexible working arrangements?
Will these happen? And when?
Tune in as Helen and Jamila give us a glimpse behind the curtain to the most exclusive event of the year, and explain where we go from here.
THE DOWNLOAD: WILL THE JOBS SUMMIT GET YOU A PAY RISE?
TUESDAY 30 AUGUST
After months of anticipation, Australia’s long-awaited Jobs and Skills Summit has finally occurred.
Unions, employers, civil society and governments alike came together in Canberra to address the shared economic challenges affecting our nation. One of the main talking points was women’s economic participation, and what we need to get back into the paid workforce.
Join Deputy Managing Director Jamila Rizvi and Senior Content Producer Sally Spicer as they discuss labour shortages, equal pay and how women could be the key to solving Australia’s skills crisis.
THE DOWNLOAD: CHANGING BEYONCE’S MIND WITH A TWEET
TUESDAY 23 AUGUST
Back in June, Hannah Diviney tweeted musician Lizzo about an ableist lyric the artist had used in a new song. Three days later, the lyric was changed and the song re-released.
While the Australian disability advocate has sparked a conversation with artists like Beyonce and Eminem, she hopes that she won’t have to keep calling out musicians and that structural change is not far off.
We sit down with Hannah to chat about a whirlwind few weeks, her work with Missing Perspectives and what’s next for the young writer.
Later in the Download, we breakdown the Solicitor General’s findings on former PM Scott Morrison’s secret ministry appointments and what we might see next in Canberra.
THE DOWNLOAD: CANBERRA REELS, HELEN AND JAM RETURN
TUESDAY 16 AUGUST
And… they’re back! Returning to your screens after a brief hiatus, Helen and Jam breakdown a big week of political news. They also share what’s got them talking, what they’re reading and what’s happening at Future Women.