Bonnie Support Services

Bonnie Support Services
November 20, 2019

What is Halal?

I was standing in Bonnie’s kitchen during our Halloween celebration and I was asked if the party pies were Halal? They were. Then someone asked me, ‘What is Halal?’. I didn’t really know what to answer. So I did some research. I was surprised to learn that Halal holds more meaning than just to describe […]

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November 14, 2019

The Pain Gap

Untested and unsafe medical implants have caused women to suffer, causing many complications and chronic pain. Women fitted with contraceptive devices, mesh implants and breast implants, have come out in force against pharmaceutical companies by organising a class-action lawsuit against them. These companies have often marketed these devices with very little checks and approvals. At […]

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November 7, 2019

Absorbing the world

“They’re only children, they don’t understand” or, “They weren’t hit” is often said by parents, carers and members of the community. But research shows that the impact of domestic violence on children is real and can be detrimental to their growth and development. The younger the child, the more impact they absorb. Children do not need to be […]

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October 23, 2019

The power of a young person

Young people are fearless, dynamic and self-confident. They are filled with hope, ideas and aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. They have become problem solvers and have increased the momentum to generate a positive social change across the world. The number of young people across the world who are pushing for change, pushing for […]

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October 10, 2019

Acknowledgement of Country

It came as a surprise to me, that my four-year-old came home the other day from her childcare, performing an acknowledgement of country. She proudly recited the words off by heart. She then proceeded to tell me that they acknowledge country every day at her childcare. It gives me hope to hear some of our […]

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September 26, 2019

Meet Katrina Ironside

Bonnie’s new partnership with the Women’s Legal Service comes after 5 years of wrangling to find the resources to make it happen. It means that we are now lucky enough to have weekly visits from one of their feisty and fabulous lawyers, Katrina Ironside. Katrina comes every Thursday to Bonnies to support our clients and […]

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September 19, 2019


Recently, I started thinking about the female characters that I was exposed to while growing up during the 1980’s and 90’s. At school, we studied books by George Orwell (1984), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), William Golding (Lord of the flies) and lots and lots of Shakespeare. I don’t remember a single female novelist on […]

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September 5, 2019

The right to choose

In the 1970’s, 80 women declared themselves criminals due to having had abortions.  Courageously, they took an ad out in a national newspaper, denouncing themselves and calling for abortion to be made legal. Now 50 years on, it’s still classified as illegal to have an abortion in NSW and women (and men) continue to campaign […]

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August 22, 2019

Culture change

Most of us who work combating domestic violence, or are simply concerned about domestic violence will know that culture change is at the heart of making a significant impact in combating domestic violence. This means changing how boys view girls and how girls view girls. It means changing how parents and other adults relate to […]

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August 16, 2019

Boys will be boys – No more

“It was as if liking girl characters made me a joke” says Damian Alexander in the Boredpanda article called ‘Guy Illustrates How Boys Develop Sexism From Seemingly Small Interactions With Adults’. As I read the article and browsed Damian’s comics, I found myself reflecting on a family experience that occurred not that long ago. My 4-year-old […]

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July 31, 2019

Five women to be inspired by

There are so many wonderful, strong, passionate and courageous women out there. However, we don’t often get to hear about how they’re making strides to change our world. Here’s a snapshot of five women who are doing just that, each in their own way. Inspire away. Jameela Jamil  Jameela is an actress, presenter, activist and […]

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July 24, 2019

Menstrual activism – 2 part series

This is the second edition in a two-part series. Click here to read the first edition. THE CUP EFFECT (UK, KENYA & MALAWI) The Cup Effect is an organisation raising awareness about the benefits of menstrual cups through CupAware parties in partnership with Bloody Good Period. The parties, mimicking  Tupperware parties, are get-togethers individuals can attend or host, to […]

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