Five Questions for a Feminist: Freya Bliss

Throughout 2017, we are going to introduce our followers to the One Woman Project team by asking them five feminist-related questions. Here we have Freya Bliss.

What is your name and your role with the One Woman Project?

My name is Freya Bliss and I’m a Conference Director with One Woman Project. 

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism, to me, has always been about social justice & compassion. It means looking at those who are marginalised in society, and figuring out a way to relinquish some of our own privileges in order to help minority groups get a leg up. 

What personal experience drew you to feminism? Why did you become a feminist?

Through my study of international relations at uni, I had a really great professor who challenged my idea of female representation in the field I was studying. He would ask us: “where are the women?”. Through this simple question, we learned that women are more adversely affected when there is conflict on the international level, yet they are rarely the ones at the top who are calling the shots. I became a feminist because I could see that there are systemic and institutional barriers that prevent not only women, but people of colour (especially indigenous peoples), people with disability, those in the LGBTIQA+ and other minority groups to have their voices & experiences foregrounded. 

What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality? 

My biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality is to challenge myself and others to adopt an intersectionalist feminist lens. I would love to see Australia adopt a feminist foreign policy and a more compassionate outlook towards minority groups. 

If there was one feminist resource that you wish everyone would read or view what would it be?

I wish everyone would watch Broad City to be honest - such a  great show. I think Mad Menportrays the working woman’s struggle really well at the start of the Cold War, but I also love reading biographies of powerful women in politics. My favourite article would be “Who’s Afraid of a Feminist Foreign Policy” by Margot Wallstrom.