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Collective Shout

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Email: team@collectiveshout.org

Website: https://www.collectiveshout.org/

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Taylors Lakes VIC 3038

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Our Mission / Objective

Our Mission

To bring about cultural change and societal transformation through holding corporations, advertisers, marketers and media accountable for the well established harms of objectification of women and sexualisation of girls, and encouraging strategic social partnerships that uphold the value of women and girls.

Our Core Values

  • A voice that values women and girls
  • A voice that is known and respected as a thought leader on the objectification ofwomen and sexualisation of girls
  • A voice that creates counter-cultural change, where the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls is ‘unthinkable’.

The Way We Work

  • We are a countercultural voice working to making the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls ‘unthinkable’.
  • We are a grassroots campaigns movement – empowering individuals to speak out thus amplifying our campaigns nationally.
  • Our professional presentations, products and thought leadership educate people about the way objectification of women and sexualisation of girls is normalised through media, marketing and corporate behaviour. Our presentations, products and thought leadership lead to cultural and systemic change that places value on women and girls.
  • We develop strategic social partnerships with corporates who value women and girls, to encourage other companies to do the same and advance corporate social responsibility (refer below to our pledge).
  • We have a sustainable fundraising model because of loyal partnerships with donors and sponsors who are committed to authentic change.

Who We Are

Collective Shout is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and governed by a board of directors. We are an independent registered charity with no affiliation to religious or political institutions. Anyone who finds common cause with our goals is welcome to join.

Projects in Progress

Our People

CEO

Melinda Tankard Reist, Movement Director

Leadership Team

Melinda Tankard Reist, Movement Director

Melinda is an author, speaker, media commentator, and advocate for young people. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of six books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009) and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray). Melinda has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions and many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation. She is an Ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, Hagar NZ and the youth mentoring body the Raise Foundation, Melinda is also Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney. She is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.

Melinda Liszewski, Campaigns Manager

Melinda Liszewski is a founder of Collective Shout and campaigns manager. She is driven to use every tool available to end sexual exploitation in all its forms. Sexpo tried and failed to sue her in 2017 for objecting to pornographic websites on school buses. This experience strengthened her resolve to continue fighting against the sex trade with Collective Shout.

Caitlin Roper, Campaigns Manager

Caitlin is Campaigns Manager for Collective Shout. She is a writer and campaigner against the sexual exploitation of women and girls. She is a PhD candidate, researching female-bodied sex dolls and robots. Caitlin is a founding member and chair of Adopt Nordic WA to fight sex trafficking. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian, Huffington Post, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and Arena magazine, and she has been interviewed on The Project, ABC’s Lateline and Triple J Hack.

Lyn Swanson Kennedy, Campaign Strategy

A long-time Collective Shout follower, Lyn joined the Campaign Strategy Team in April 2019. With a background in medical research, Lyn has an interest in ethics and corporate social responsibility, and in challenging corporate behaviour which harms women and children.

Renee Chopping, Campaign Strategy

Since 2014 Renee has been an advocate of child’s rights through her trauma rehabilitation work with survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. With a background in social work and psychology, Renee has since expanded her efforts to include prevention education through teaching and presenting on matters relating to online safety, media literacy, sexuality, and mental health. Renee’s passion and life’s work is dedicated to equipping individuals with the tools necessary to live with increased resilience amidst today’s hyper-sexualised culture.

Bernie Poljak, Finance & Administration Coordinator

Bernie has a passion for all things administrative including planning and organisation. With a Bachelor in Business Communication, she has worked in both government and the private sector but has always had a passion for non profits and charities. After attending numerous Melinda Tankard Reist presentations she was deeply moved by the work of Collective Shout. Bernie joined the team in 2017 to assist with the financial and administrative tasks that need to be carried out.

Names of Board Members

Kylie Virtue – Chairperson

Kylie is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience across a broad range of areas, practicing primarily in commercial litigation (mainly in top tier national firms), government regulation and policy (ACCC and Law Council of Australia), and at Kingsford Legal Centre. She has taught and mentored law students at universities (ANU and Victoria) and currently teaches Practical Legal Training courses at the College of Law, where she regularly presents on legal ethics, resilience and well-being/mental health, and teaches practical legal and business skills for lawyers. Kylie also has extensive experience in business development, research and writing, and is engaged in local community issues as a passionate advocate against social injustices. Kylie holds a BA, LLB (Macq), Dip Intellectual Property (QMWC, London) and LLM (1st class Honours, UTS).

Kerryn Baird – Treasurer

Kerryn worked as an auditor at Price Waterhouse in Sydney before leaving the finance world for hospitality. She worked in sales and marketing with Regent Hotels in Sydney then subsequently with the Shangri-La group in Sydney before moving to work for them in Canada. She volunteered as a Youth Leader for a number of years before having children, Kerryn is still deeply involved in charity work, including for local charities, Bear Cottage Peninsula Pals, and is an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation. Kerryn became an Ambassador for Collective Shout in November 2016 and joined the Board in August 2018. Kerryn holds a BA Accounting and Marketing.

Melinda Morris – Secretary

Melinda is a policy professional and legal researcher with a background in human rights and the environment. Melinda specializes in climate change adaptation, with a focus on the justice elements of resilient placemaking. She has worked in the Pacific to promote women’s engagement in aquaculture and small-scale fisheries, and support climate resilient approaches to managing local marine resources. She works at the local and regional level to develop strategic and inclusive action to adapt to climate change. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Master of Laws and Master of Environmental Governance (Oceans, Polar and Climate).

Coralie Allison – Director

Coralie is an advocacy professional with 18 years of experience in Business Management and Relationship Development Management. Coralie has managed teams of up to 40 people and has worked with hundreds of clients across Australia and the UK. Coralie holds a Diploma of Business Management.

Melanie Sleap – Director

Melanie has a background in social work, from case management in family violence to senior management roles in youth organizations. In the last 5 years, Melanie moved into Public Health and has worked on various prevention of violence against women and gender equity projects in the women’s health sector. Melanie currently works as the Inclusion, Gender Equality and Safeguarding Specialist at Plan International. Melanie holds a BA (English and Music) and Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Counselling.

Meredith Wagstaff – Director

After a career in law, Meredith works in the mental health and wellbeing space. She is a counsellor and conducts workshops on aspects of wellbeing and resilience, and has lectured at a tertiary level in her field. Meredith has held senior governance roles in educational and community organisations and focuses on contributing towards social awareness and policy change in the areas affecting girls and women.
 Meredith holds a BA, LLM and M Counselling.

Registration Information

ABN

30 162 159 097

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

A bequest is a very real way to make a positive difference to the future of a world free of sexploitation.

How we use your donation

Bequests allow Collective Shout to better mobilise and equip individuals and groups to name, shame and expose corporations, advertisers, marketers and media engaging in practices which are offensive and harmful to women and girls.

A gift to Collective Shout in your Will can also help us to influence government policies and legislation to protect women and children from objectification and sexualisation.

General Donations

Fuel The Movement 

It’s your Collective Shout – your voice as a sister, brother, mother, father, grandparent, colleague and friend against sexploitation. Your support, combined with the collective actions of other passionate supporters and volunteers, helps prevent harm done to women and girls – and men and boys – by tackling the problems of objectification and sexualisation at their core. You can transform society for the benefit of all. Because the next generation is worth it.

Become a Monthly Sponsor

Through monthly giving, you can directly support Collective Shout’s campaigns against the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in media, advertising and popular culture. As well as constantly holding corporations and marketers accountable for their depiction of women and girls, Collective Shout equips others to campaign, and educates young people to resist harmful messages about their bodies, relationships and sexuality to bring about grassroots cultural transformation.

By making a regular donation you can help Collective Shout lobby those with power and influence to effect positive change.

Your generous monthly donation will fund the ongoing work of our activists, challenge companies about their advertising, enable lobbying of politicians and send Collective Shout representatives to schools to engage with young men and women on these important issues.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Our Mission

To bring about cultural change and societal transformation through holding corporations, advertisers, marketers and media accountable for the well established harms of objectification of women and sexualisation of girls, and encouraging strategic social partnerships that uphold the value of women and girls.

Our Core Values

  • A voice that values women and girls
  • A voice that is known and respected as a thought leader on the objectification ofwomen and sexualisation of girls
  • A voice that creates counter-cultural change, where the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls is ‘unthinkable’.

The Way We Work

  • We are a countercultural voice working to making the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls ‘unthinkable’.
  • We are a grassroots campaigns movement – empowering individuals to speak out thus amplifying our campaigns nationally.
  • Our professional presentations, products and thought leadership educate people about the way objectification of women and sexualisation of girls is normalised through media, marketing and corporate behaviour. Our presentations, products and thought leadership lead to cultural and systemic change that places value on women and girls.
  • We develop strategic social partnerships with corporates who value women and girls, to encourage other companies to do the same and advance corporate social responsibility (refer below to our pledge).
  • We have a sustainable fundraising model because of loyal partnerships with donors and sponsors who are committed to authentic change.

Who We Are

Collective Shout is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and governed by a board of directors. We are an independent registered charity with no affiliation to religious or political institutions. Anyone who finds common cause with our goals is welcome to join.

Projects in Progress

Our People

CEO

Melinda Tankard Reist, Movement Director

Leadership Team

Melinda Tankard Reist, Movement Director

Melinda is an author, speaker, media commentator, and advocate for young people. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of six books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009) and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray). Melinda has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions and many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation. She is an Ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, Hagar NZ and the youth mentoring body the Raise Foundation, Melinda is also Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney. She is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.

Melinda Liszewski, Campaigns Manager

Melinda Liszewski is a founder of Collective Shout and campaigns manager. She is driven to use every tool available to end sexual exploitation in all its forms. Sexpo tried and failed to sue her in 2017 for objecting to pornographic websites on school buses. This experience strengthened her resolve to continue fighting against the sex trade with Collective Shout.

Caitlin Roper, Campaigns Manager

Caitlin is Campaigns Manager for Collective Shout. She is a writer and campaigner against the sexual exploitation of women and girls. She is a PhD candidate, researching female-bodied sex dolls and robots. Caitlin is a founding member and chair of Adopt Nordic WA to fight sex trafficking. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian, Huffington Post, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and Arena magazine, and she has been interviewed on The Project, ABC’s Lateline and Triple J Hack.

Lyn Swanson Kennedy, Campaign Strategy

A long-time Collective Shout follower, Lyn joined the Campaign Strategy Team in April 2019. With a background in medical research, Lyn has an interest in ethics and corporate social responsibility, and in challenging corporate behaviour which harms women and children.

Renee Chopping, Campaign Strategy

Since 2014 Renee has been an advocate of child’s rights through her trauma rehabilitation work with survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. With a background in social work and psychology, Renee has since expanded her efforts to include prevention education through teaching and presenting on matters relating to online safety, media literacy, sexuality, and mental health. Renee’s passion and life’s work is dedicated to equipping individuals with the tools necessary to live with increased resilience amidst today’s hyper-sexualised culture.

Bernie Poljak, Finance & Administration Coordinator

Bernie has a passion for all things administrative including planning and organisation. With a Bachelor in Business Communication, she has worked in both government and the private sector but has always had a passion for non profits and charities. After attending numerous Melinda Tankard Reist presentations she was deeply moved by the work of Collective Shout. Bernie joined the team in 2017 to assist with the financial and administrative tasks that need to be carried out.

Names of Board Members

Kylie Virtue – Chairperson

Kylie is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience across a broad range of areas, practicing primarily in commercial litigation (mainly in top tier national firms), government regulation and policy (ACCC and Law Council of Australia), and at Kingsford Legal Centre. She has taught and mentored law students at universities (ANU and Victoria) and currently teaches Practical Legal Training courses at the College of Law, where she regularly presents on legal ethics, resilience and well-being/mental health, and teaches practical legal and business skills for lawyers. Kylie also has extensive experience in business development, research and writing, and is engaged in local community issues as a passionate advocate against social injustices. Kylie holds a BA, LLB (Macq), Dip Intellectual Property (QMWC, London) and LLM (1st class Honours, UTS).

Kerryn Baird – Treasurer

Kerryn worked as an auditor at Price Waterhouse in Sydney before leaving the finance world for hospitality. She worked in sales and marketing with Regent Hotels in Sydney then subsequently with the Shangri-La group in Sydney before moving to work for them in Canada. She volunteered as a Youth Leader for a number of years before having children, Kerryn is still deeply involved in charity work, including for local charities, Bear Cottage Peninsula Pals, and is an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation. Kerryn became an Ambassador for Collective Shout in November 2016 and joined the Board in August 2018. Kerryn holds a BA Accounting and Marketing.

Melinda Morris – Secretary

Melinda is a policy professional and legal researcher with a background in human rights and the environment. Melinda specializes in climate change adaptation, with a focus on the justice elements of resilient placemaking. She has worked in the Pacific to promote women’s engagement in aquaculture and small-scale fisheries, and support climate resilient approaches to managing local marine resources. She works at the local and regional level to develop strategic and inclusive action to adapt to climate change. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Master of Laws and Master of Environmental Governance (Oceans, Polar and Climate).

Coralie Allison – Director

Coralie is an advocacy professional with 18 years of experience in Business Management and Relationship Development Management. Coralie has managed teams of up to 40 people and has worked with hundreds of clients across Australia and the UK. Coralie holds a Diploma of Business Management.

Melanie Sleap – Director

Melanie has a background in social work, from case management in family violence to senior management roles in youth organizations. In the last 5 years, Melanie moved into Public Health and has worked on various prevention of violence against women and gender equity projects in the women’s health sector. Melanie currently works as the Inclusion, Gender Equality and Safeguarding Specialist at Plan International. Melanie holds a BA (English and Music) and Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Counselling.

Meredith Wagstaff – Director

After a career in law, Meredith works in the mental health and wellbeing space. She is a counsellor and conducts workshops on aspects of wellbeing and resilience, and has lectured at a tertiary level in her field. Meredith has held senior governance roles in educational and community organisations and focuses on contributing towards social awareness and policy change in the areas affecting girls and women.
 Meredith holds a BA, LLM and M Counselling.

Registration Information

ABN

30 162 159 097

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

A bequest is a very real way to make a positive difference to the future of a world free of sexploitation.

How we use your donation

Bequests allow Collective Shout to better mobilise and equip individuals and groups to name, shame and expose corporations, advertisers, marketers and media engaging in practices which are offensive and harmful to women and girls.

A gift to Collective Shout in your Will can also help us to influence government policies and legislation to protect women and children from objectification and sexualisation.

General Donations

Fuel The Movement 

It’s your Collective Shout – your voice as a sister, brother, mother, father, grandparent, colleague and friend against sexploitation. Your support, combined with the collective actions of other passionate supporters and volunteers, helps prevent harm done to women and girls – and men and boys – by tackling the problems of objectification and sexualisation at their core. You can transform society for the benefit of all. Because the next generation is worth it.

Become a Monthly Sponsor

Through monthly giving, you can directly support Collective Shout’s campaigns against the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in media, advertising and popular culture. As well as constantly holding corporations and marketers accountable for their depiction of women and girls, Collective Shout equips others to campaign, and educates young people to resist harmful messages about their bodies, relationships and sexuality to bring about grassroots cultural transformation.

By making a regular donation you can help Collective Shout lobby those with power and influence to effect positive change.

Your generous monthly donation will fund the ongoing work of our activists, challenge companies about their advertising, enable lobbying of politicians and send Collective Shout representatives to schools to engage with young men and women on these important issues.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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