Every action is born of experience. The QUO curate stories that will help broaden our understanding of what is happening around us, and inspire action. Based on the lived experiences of our contributors, the stories here cover issues that are at the heart of our development as a community.
“This generation will not wait - if our politicians won’t lead, then we’ll give them no choice but to follow." Power Shift is a three day youth climate summit focused on inspiring young people from all walks of life to take action against climate change.
"Critiques of whiteness, hyper-masculinity, patriarchy, heteronormativity, colonialism or any other -isms I approach don’t stem from isolated incidents or abstract examples. They come from observing the men, white folk, settlers, cis-hets and women in my life perpetuating and being complicit in the maintenance of these constructs." Moreblessing candidly explains why allies need to do better.
"All over the world we have this caricature of the docile Muslim woman who doesn't really fight for herself and who is subordinated by her husband, but I want to show these women in a very different light. They wear hijabs, they’re very much rooted in their faith and they're also badass organisers." Chaumtoli Huq, the producer of Sramik Awaaz: Workers' Voices, explains why we need to listen to these Bangladeshi garment workers.
"Almost all major circus and cabaret shows in Australia are geared towards a white heterosexual cis male audience because guess who produces these shows?" Alexandra Mantoura's HEAR OUR VOICE is a photographic campaign demanding representation for creatives in Sydney.
We all know that STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields remain dominated by men, particularly in the higher levels of academia. Nathalie Farah, a Bachelor of Advanced Sciences student at the University of Queensland, talks all things chemistry in plain English.
In 1881 a First Nations community challenged the Aboriginal Protection Board in an attempt to continue their self-sustaining farming on the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve. Adapted from transcripts of the Victorian government's inquiry into the matter, Corandeerk is a landmark play exploring themes of belonging, self-determination and identity.
“Why did I want to be here for two years, to pay taxes, to work, to put all my effort here? We’re bringing kids, we’re living our life, and then we need to leave. To go where? And start what?” Joanna investigates the human impact of the recent changes to the 457 visa.