Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge

By Ruth Limkin I have a small magnet on my fridge. It’s from Alcatraz Prison, and lists Regulation 5 – “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege”. I bought it as a humourous reminder of a holiday and of a wonderful day exploring what is now a tourist attraction. However, I also bought to remind me … Continue reading Lessons from Alcatraz that I keep on my fridge

Small starts and significant success – how communities make a difference

By Ruth Limkin Last night I heard about small successes which made me a little bit teary and very much happy. The news in and of itself was less than earth-shattering, but for the disadvantaged children involved, it may be life-changing. The charity I work with runs a medium term food support program called the Fresh Start Program. The philosophy of the program is that we partner … Continue reading Small starts and significant success – how communities make a difference

Can’t we just stop talking about the problem with porn?

By Ruth Limkin Do you ever get tired of reading about the problem with porn? I know I sometimes get tired of writing about it. There’s a reason I persevere though, and if I ever feel like my participation in the conversation is flagging, I can draw upon a recent memory which shoots adrenaline into my soul. It’s a sad memory. It made me sick to … Continue reading Can’t we just stop talking about the problem with porn?

Talking about a win for women, with thanks to Telstra

By Ruth Limkin I recently wrote about a positive decision by Telstra, who have made good first steps restoring consistency in their messaging about women. The article lead to this short interview on the ACL Political Spot so if you have 5 minutes to listen, head on over! ************ ruth@ruthlimkin.com Continue reading Talking about a win for women, with thanks to Telstra

A win for women. When actions and words align – celebrating corporate responsibility when we find it

By Ruth Limkin I discovered the Women at Telstra webpage a few weeks ago. The sentiments expressed were encouraging, particularly around developing a workplace for women that is ‘supportive’ and being ‘proactive about women’s development and gender inclusion’. I agree that that such outcomes take ‘focus and specific action’. The video message by CEO David Thodey was eloquent and authentic. The desire he expressed about Telstra … Continue reading A win for women. When actions and words align – celebrating corporate responsibility when we find it

“He shouldn’t hit you. Ever.” A message from all who care…

By Ruth Limkin Sometimes a great and terrible tragedy dismantles a carefully constructed facade which not only reveals one awful truth, but many. This is the sorry situation in the trial currently underway regarding the murder of the three Singh siblings. Disturbingly, it appears from testimony, that the death of three children in a triple-homicide is only one of the tragedies that occurred in the … Continue reading “He shouldn’t hit you. Ever.” A message from all who care…

Why I’m (sort of) glad that Britain has run out of money

This week the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, warned that Britain has run out of money, in news that would have left many readers cold. The UK is seen as a leading nation and if their financial margins are such, then it brings into stark focus the economic dilemma that much of the world is facing. Yet I was strangely glad to read the article and … Continue reading Why I’m (sort of) glad that Britain has run out of money

The post-New York blahs

By Ruth Limkin I’ve been in a New York state of mind. My fourth visit to the city for a recent holiday was as wonderful as the first three times. It’s a captivating city even with it’s concrete overload and it’s consumerist obsession, because it’s cultural richness is vast indeed. I’ve been back in Australia for a few days, yet still fortunate enough to be … Continue reading The post-New York blahs

breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

By Ruth Limkin Graham Clarke is a friend. After reading my recent post about Tomic, he tweeted something very kind that made me laugh out loud, saying “A dose of @ruthlimkin is like stepping on my bathroom scales – uncomfortable but a worthwhile reality check.” It made my day. So, if you’re up for a dose of breadandjustice regularly, there’s now an app for that! It’s free, and … Continue reading breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

Women without a voice and what we can do about it

By Ruth Limkin Last night I read about four women from the one family: Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and Rona Amir Mohammad, 52. All four women died at the hands of close relatives less than two years ago. The household patriarch, along with one of his wives and his son were all found guilty yesterday of their murder. In a world uncomfortably … Continue reading Women without a voice and what we can do about it