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14 People Tell Us The Biggest Challenges Women Face

Speakers from Sydney's All About Women festival answer the question: What is the biggest challenge women face today?

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Last Sunday, the Sydney Opera House played host to All About Women, a festival that saw 30 speakers discuss a range of issues and ideas that matter to women.

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It was a bloody fantastic day.

Backstage at the event, BuzzFeed asked speakers and panellists what they believe to be the biggest challenge women are facing today.

1. Rhoda Roberts, creative director.

"Climate justice."
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"Climate justice."

2. Julia Baird, author and broadcaster.

"The difficulty in talking, walking, working without being harassed, abused, assaulted, raped, silenced."
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"The difficulty in talking, walking, working without being harassed, abused, assaulted, raped, silenced."

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3. Ruby Hamad, filmmaker and writer.

"Male violence."
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"Male violence."

4. Rachel Hills, author.

"Education and access to opportunity."
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"Education and access to opportunity."

5. Mallory Ortberg, writer and editor.

"Evil wizards trapped in icebergs, and once global warming melts the icebergs, their sinister spells."
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"Evil wizards trapped in icebergs, and once global warming melts the icebergs, their sinister spells."

6. Kerry Carrington, professor, Queensland University of Technology.

"Violence against women – 1 in 3 women are victims."
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"Violence against women – 1 in 3 women are victims."

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7. Raewyn Connell, professor emeritus, University of Sydney.

"Equal incomes = equal rights."
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"Equal incomes = equal rights."

8. Charlotte Wood, author.

"Claiming space – mental, physical, and personal – and holding ground."
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"Claiming space – mental, physical, and personal – and holding ground."

9. Masha Geesen, journalist.

"Putin's 'traditional values' crusade."
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"Putin's 'traditional values' crusade."

10. Michael Mosley, science journalist.

"Diabetes + Obesity. Diabisity."
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"Diabetes + Obesity. Diabisity."

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11. Alix Generous, mental health advocate.

"How we view mental health."
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"How we view mental health."

12. Michelle Arrow, associate professor, Macquarie University.

"Violence against women."
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"Violence against women."

13. Jennifer Clement, author and president of PEN International.

"Violence against women = censorship."
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"Violence against women = censorship."

14. Miranda July, filmmaker, author, and artist.

"While fear, guilt, and self doubt are kind of refined problems, these are the ones facing the women I meet. And not the men."
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"While fear, guilt, and self doubt are kind of refined problems, these are the ones facing the women I meet. And not the men."