How is Australia performing when it comes to gender equality? We’re going backwards. The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Index has ranked Australia at 44 out of 153. As a comparison, New Zealand sits at six. In 2006 we were ranked 15. Australia is not even in the top 10 in East Asia and the Pacific, sitting below the Philippines and Laos. It’s useless hanging our heads in shame, we need to make gender equality a political priority. A country is only as great as its people.
Book & Exhibition: London
Dougie Wallace – East Ended
London’s Shoreditch borough in the East End has become a magnet for tourists excited by the area’s street art, and its supposed edgy, cool vibe. As the East End becomes more gentrified, the very artists who have helped to transform this neighbourhood are relegated to the sidelines, pushed out by unaffordable housing, a story that repeats in cities around the world.
UK photographer Dougie Wallace took to the streets to capture what’s happening on the ground. In his new book, East Ended, his signature candid images convey the different scenarios playing out in the East End; from the fashion posers and those living on the margins, to the political statements embedded in the street art and in the defacement of advertisements.
It’s up to the viewer to decide if, as the book suggests, “the voice of the streets is reclaiming its walls” or whether statements of protest are lost in the noise. As with much of Wallace’s work, East Ended demands we move past the attraction of the image to think critically about what’s really going on.
Gallery 46 – 46 Ashfield Street London E1 2AJ
Women Photograph 2020
The annual Women Photograph print sale is on until 16 March. Check out this year’s collection. Funds raised benefit the photographers and the ongoing work Women Photograph is doing to amplify the voices of female photographers around the world. Below is the latest data on the gender gap between male and female photographers in the news media.