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SAD FREMANTLE REMINDER OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, violence, women, family by freoview on December 11, 2017

 

 

There is a very important reminder in front of the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum about the unacceptable high numbers of domestic violence in Australia, so go and check it out and spread the word through social media!

Although just about everyone should understand that domestic violence, mainly against women, is not acceptable, the statistics show the numbers have actually increased in Australia in recent years. We need to put a stop to that!

50,000 incidents of family and domestic violence were reported last year in WA. That is outrageous!

If you observe domestic violence report it, because the victims are often too frightened to do it themselves.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, health, Uncategorized, women by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

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A reminder for my second most favourite creatures on the planet-women- that the Fremantle Women’s Health&Wellbeing Day 2017 will be held at the Fremantle Townhall this Tuesday October 10 from 10 am to 1 pm.

It is an event for World Mental Health Day.

In case you wonder what my favourite creatures on earth are. Babies, because they make my heart melt, and I am such a softy . ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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WOMEN URGED TO GET ON BOARD

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized, women by freoview on September 20, 2017

 

For all the great Fremantle women who would like to get involved, but don’t know how, the State Government has set up OnBoard WA.

It is a register where you can express your interest to be appointed on a government board, committee, or advisory body, so check it out!

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk published an article in the West Australian about it today, so contact her office if you want to know more about it.

I am one of the lucky blokes who was raised in a family with three strong sisters and an amazing mother, and throughout my life have had the pleasure, and the challenge ; >) , of being in love and living with strong, independent women.

It is not acceptable that commercial boards are stacked with men, and only a minute number of women are appointed to them. Even our governments don’t do very well in appointing women to senior positions. It’s time the macho Aussie image changed!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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ST PAT’S LONGER SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

Posted in city of fremantle, st patricks, Uncategorized, women by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

A very important message from the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre:

It’s with a mix of optimism and gratitude that we announce that St. Pat’s Sisters’ Place will be transitioning from a short-term accommodation option to a medium-term service for women.

This decision was made in response to the growing need for medium term accommodation for women in the Fremantle area.

In the new service, women will be able to stay in the accommodation for up to 12 months, working with case workers to get their lives back on track.

Emergency, short-term accommodation will be continued to be offered by St. Pat’s Street To Home and Emergency Relief programs.

As Sisters’ Place transitions into its new role, we’d like to thank all the volunteers who have so faithfullly served the community over the last seven years. From all of us here at St. Pat’s, thank you.

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EQUALITY IS RESPECT FOR WOMEN

Posted in fremantle, western australia, women by freoview on March 8, 2017

 

It is International Women’s Day today, so a good opportunity to celebrate all the great and strong women all over the world.

In Fremantle we are lucky to be represented in State Parliament by Simone McGurk and Lyn McLaren, and we have three female Councillors in Hannah Fitzhardinge, Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton.

W.A very first female Senator Dorothy Tangny is recognised in a mural at the Norfolk Hotel.

Notre Dame University is also lead by a female Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce CEO is Olwyn Williams.

There is an abundance of wonderful, strong women in Fremantle who are community leaders in their own right.

Equality remains a dream unfortunately when women still get paid less than men and the top positions in Australia are predominantly occupied by men. That needs to change!

I am not a fan of quotas though because I believe women can make it on their own merit. Quotas are a bit of tokenism to make political parties, or governments look good.

I do recognise however that it is difficult for women to climb the corporate and political ladders when the majority of decision-makers are men.

Today is a day for women to celebrate their achievements and for men to contemplate why women are still not treated the same in 2017 and why there is still so much domestic violence against women.

We need to do a whole lot better and that starts with one simple word. RESPECT!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, women, writing by freoview on March 7, 2017

It is International Women’s Day on Wednesday and the City of Fremantle celebrates it with author Mihaela Nicolescu who will be sharing emotionally charged encounters into women living on the edge.

It is on at the Fremantle Library from 6-7.30 pm on March 8.

Roel Loopers

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STAND UP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, family, violence, women by freoview on November 22, 2016

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Domestic violence against women dramatically increased in Australia this year and that is unacceptable, so everyone needs to be aware of it and help change this around.

There are absolutely no excuses for men to assault women. It does not matter if you are drunk, drugged or just in a bad mood, women deserve respect and have the right to feel safe at home.

This Friday is WHITE RIBBON DAY where we are reminded of the senseless violence against women, the mothers of our children, our sisters, aunties, friends and as a community we need to speak out and help protect those who get beaten up. The silence around domestic violence has to stop!

Beating up a woman is not a silly mistake that one regrets the next day but it is a violent crime for which there are no excuses whatsoever and ever!

Come to Kings Square on Friday November 25 between 8-12 am, where there will be guest speakers, live entertainment, free legal advise and stalls.

Show solidarity with women who get abused by their partners. It needs to stop NOW!

Roel Loopers

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STUNNING WILD SILK SCARVES BY IAN DE SOUZA

Posted in art, fremantle, women by freoview on October 12, 2016

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Always creative and innovative Fremantle artist Ian de Souza has added a new range to his artwork with the introduction of WILD SILK, a stunning collection of colourful and exquisite “silk crepe de chine shawl scarves” depicting Western Australian wildflowers.

They are available on-line so check out http://www.wildsilk.com.au and order your Christmas presents of the limited editions early! They are also available from today at the FOUND shop in the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Roel Loopers

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LABOR WANTS TO KEEP BEACONSFIELD SEAT

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local council, politics, western australia, women by freoview on June 17, 2016

The Labor party is trying to hold on to the Fremantle Council seat of Beaconsfield that has become available now that former Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson resigned to contest the Federal seat of Fremantle. Hannah Fitzhardinge, a former advisor to WA Premier Geoff Gallop has put her hand up to sit next to Labor’s Councillor Dave Hume.

The by-election will be held probably in September at a date yet to be announced by the Electoral Commission.

Fitzhardinge told the Fremantle Herald that Fremantle Council does not have gender balance, which also applies to most local councils and State and Federal governments, and that she wants better pedestrian safety on South Terrace with mural gardens and street beautification. That process is already well under way of course and was only recently addressed by a large South Fremantle Precinct meeting.

Hannah Fitzharding also wants  the relocation of a State department to Freo and attract more State funding, which has been the aim of the City of Fremantle for years.

I am all for more women in power positions everywhere but the gender balance stuff does not cut it for me as I fear it can become tokenism. I believe Hannah can easily win this on her own merits and the voter participation will be very low. She would no doubt be a great addition to Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton and Fremantle Council, so I wish her the best of luck!

Roel Loopers

WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO EQUALITY!

Posted in fremantle, international women's day, women by freoview on March 8, 2016

 

It is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY today, so here a small tribute to all women around the world, especially those who still have to fight for basic rights and equality. It is also a tribute to my very strong mother Annie and my equally strong sisters Marja, Bep and Anita.

I was amazed to learn last night on Q&A on ABC TV that women and girls in Australia still earn substantially less than men, even at executive levels where men on average receive $ 100,000 a year more than women in similar positions. It was also a surprised to learn that often girls receive less pocket money from their parents than their brothers do.

It’s time to let go off gender discrimination as it is ridiculous. Women rock!

 

Roel Loopers

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