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Disrupting the Joint- Artfully

Enjoyed a fabulous evening tonight dissecting the the pathways to ‘Inclusive Workplaces for Better Organisational Outcomes’, run by Deakin University Arts Management. This was a conversation focused on diversifying organisational practice and audience engagement- both sorely lacking across the arts sector in this country. Sonia Lindsay, leading expert on culture and change and former Executive Director HR at Arts Centre Melbourne delivered a powerful keynote.  Panel members included: Tasneem Chopra (author, consultant and curator), Shona [...]

2018-04-24T10:39:06+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

Penalties & Purpose

Tonight in Canberra at The #TuggeranongArtsCentre, I participated in a panel called ‘Penalties & Purpose’, as part of the centre’s ‘The Human Condition’ program.  The program comprises several projects that explore themes from ‘Another Day in Paradise’- a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran, who along with Andrew Chan and Van Nguyen faced the death penalty in Indonesia.  My panel discussion was facilitated by former ABC correspondent Ginny Stein, who covered the reintroduction of the [...]

2018-03-25T10:33:30+00:00 March 24th, 2018|

But Where Are You Really From?

Tonight I presented a keynote address for the Human Rights Forum, ‘Where Are You Really From’- held by @cityofgreaterbendigo and @zindafestival .  Following my keynote, a superb panel discussion ensued about identity & belonging and how navigating these issues affects our human rights. Facilitated by Kate McInnes (LCMS), my copanellists included Rodney (Dja Dja Warrung leader), Lisa Chesters MP, Sonia Vignjevic (VMC), Moustapha Al Rawi (resident) and myself. Audience participation was high, indicating a passion [...]

2018-03-20T23:36:11+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

Talking Arts, Sports & Community through a Gendered Lens

Tonights #InternationalWomensDay evening at Stonnington Library involved a conversation facilitated by broadcaster and author, Sally Warhaft. My copanellists included YA author and broadcaster, Nicole Hayes and Stonnington Councillor, Jami Kilsaris We canvassed: - Reflections on #MeToo and what it might mean in the future - Equal pay. Will we ever get there when women are still the carers? - What can organisations, institutions and corporations do to change working culture for women (and men)? - How [...]

2018-03-09T03:18:27+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

Making Clean Noise- the EPA & Diversity 

This morning I addressed an ‘#InternationalWomensDay breakfast for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). I spoke to the issue of ”Cultural and Gender Diversity in Leadership’ in light of the UN theme for IWD being ‘leave no woman behind’. It was telling that the Board Chair of the EPA stressed that our physical and social environments prosper, are protected and enhanced by diversity in all its variance. My concluding point was “the breadth and resolution of this [...]

2018-03-08T01:40:21+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

Pressing for Progress 

Today I participated in an International Women’s Day event with Women’s Health in the West, exploring themes of’ Press for Progress’ and the UN Women theme of ‘Leave no Woman Behind’. I was joined by writer and activist, Kristine Ziwica and Dr Robyn Gregory.  We reflected on "how the #metoo and #timesup movements have demonstrated the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment in recent months.. sharing insights and perspectives on where we go from here, and how [...]

2018-03-07T00:23:56+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Naming the Cultural Diversity Elephant in the Room

Presenting today on the issue of Cultural Competence for #MauriceBlackburnLawyers, seeking to leverage and optimise skill sets internally and externally, towards greater client engagement.  Diversity & Inclusion strategies are gaining more traction in a globalised world, when stakeholders acknowledge this is a strength, not an impediment.  Changing mindsets, visions and workforces into models that reflect ‘who’ we are, is the only way to stay relevant and to this end, Maurice Blackburn are a fine example [...]

2018-02-27T05:53:36+00:00 February 27th, 2018|

One Billion Reasons to Rise

#tb to my part in the #OneBillionRising campaign to end violence against women. Violence in all its forms is unacceptable. Changing language, attitudes, behaviour and perceptions in which women are objectified and dismissed requires a whole of society approach. The #metoo campaign that commenced in 2017 only highlights a prevailing trend in misogynist behaviours that have in fact afflicted women from marginalised, coloured, immigrant and lower socioeconomic communities for centuries. Men, in particular, need to [...]

2018-02-17T23:57:51+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Colonising Human Rights- an American Analysis

This weekend  I presented at in London for the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) @ihrcgallery in Euston.  The Conference was called: The New Colonialism – The American Model of Human Rights, 2018 Speakers and presentations comprised of- Panel 1: Saeid Reza Ameli: American Human Rights Exceptionalism or American Human Destruction: Cultural and Physically Genocide of "Others" - Either You are With US or You Don’t Have Rights of Life  Mary Ryan: The Kerner Commission and [...]

2018-02-24T23:59:08+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

16 Days of Activism to Set the Tone for All Days

For the ‘16 Days of Activism’ as part of the UN International Day for the a Elimination of Violence Against Women, I look delivered a keynote for the City Of Kingston  & #WHISE on ‘Islam & Promoting Gender Equality & Respect’, as it relates to Gender Based Violence (GBV).  My session was followed by four panellists presenting issues ranging from cultural and religious misconceptions enabling GBV, through to personal and community led responses to eliminating [...]

2017-12-09T10:56:16+00:00 December 8th, 2017|