Australia’s Covid-19 crisis reached unprecedented levels of cases, deaths, hospitalisations, restrictions, fear and dread, as the Delta variant spread from Bondi, NSW in June 2021 to the western suburbs of Sydney and beyond.
A dire Covid-19 crisis was also unfolding in Melbourne which entered lockdown on March 30, 2021, when 46 locally acquired cases were detected. On 4 October 2021, Melbourne marked 245 days of lockdowns and became the city with the longest cumulative time in lockdown in the world.
In August/September 2021, I invited the following women from Sydney and Melbourne LGA’s of concern to share their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis. It is with a sense of deep gratitude to them that I present their articles in Part 1 of this edition.
- Najla Turk from the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA
- Pauline David from the Fairfield LGA
- Anyier Yuol from the City of Blacktown LGA
- Suzan Nikanora Manyok Aguer from the City of Brimbank LGA in Melbourne
- Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara from the Wyndham LGA
Also featured in this edition are the following sections:
- Youth Leaders Changing Consent Education in Schools – Gemma Thomas-Pike
- Youth Leadership in Institutional Climate Change Action – Benjamin Hamill
- A thought-provoking book launch speech by Moira Rayner
Thank you. I hope you find this edition meaningful.