Acclaimed author Tara Moss speaks out in an edited extract from her new book, Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls, looking at how gendered perceptions and old-fashioned social norms impact the way we listen – or don’t listen – to women when they speak out:
‘Fortunately, not many people these days will openly admit to not wanting to listen to women, but a surprisingly large number of people still angrily comment on how annoying women’s voices are, apparently in the belief that the female-ness of the speaker is not the issue, but that they just “sound wrong”.’
If it’s true we are all androgynous, why are we so rigid about dress? Tara Moss maps her journey from tomboy to “full dude” Victor Lamour in homage to the unsung genre of Drag King.
On a visit to one of the hundreds of tented refugee camps in Lebanon, UNICEF ambassador Tara Moss discovered a horrific development: the sale of displaced Syrian girls as child brides.
My daughter is too young to use the internet just yet, but like the majority of children today she is already very aware that her parents have devices they talk into and navigate with their fingertips.
I remember watching her at a relative’s house touching a TV screen for the first time and seeing if she could make the pictures on it move with her fingers. It was then I realised that children today will be acquainted with technology in ways none of us could have anticipated just 10 years ago. On a recent trip to Syrian refugee camps I watched as doctors used iPads to log important patient data in the most remote locations. Many refugee families had fled with little more than the clothes on their backs – and their mobile phones. Across continents, cultures and the extremes of human experience, technology and connectivity are all but inescapable.
Australian author and UNICEF Child Survival Ambassador, Tara Moss has just returned from Lebanon where she visited refugees from the Syrian conflict.
What she saw in the camps and informal settlements has had a deep impact on her.
Tara is particularly concerned that the plight of Syrian refugees has slipped off the news agenda.
“I can’t turn away. We can’t turn away” she said.
Tara speaks to Sunrise about her time visiting refugee camps in Lebanon where millions of Syrian refugees are living, having fled from the violent conflict in Syria, and why she is raising money for UNICEF’s work.