THE GENDER AGENDA-free public forum
July 15, 2012 in Past Events
Plan International Australia
Young United Nations Women Australia
proudly welcome you to…
THE GENDER AGENDA
When: Thursday August 23rd 6.00pm
Where: Public Lecture Theatre, Melbourne University
This is a free public forum bringing together a range of inspiring
speakers to talk on topics including gender, development
and participation, the role of men and boys, gender
stereotyping, gender: here, there and everywhere and much more!
- 75 million girls around the world are out of primary and lower secondary education
- A girl in South Sudan is more likely to die in child birth than finish primary education
- Studies reveal that between 20 and 30 per cent of girls in India gave birth by the time they are 17.
- In 2010, homosexuality was still illegal and punishable in 77 countries
(See: Plan International 2011, Because I am a Girl: The state of the world’s girls 2011, ‘So, what about the boys?’, New Internationalist Publications, http://www.becauseiamagirl.com.au/2011/)
This is your opportunity to Learn about Gender in Australia and overseas, Connect with organisations and others around the issue and Contribute to organisations working to make a difference!
Hear stories from development workers, inspiring young people and professions who have each made a difference in the lives of women, girls and communities all around the world!
Speakers include Dr Maree Pardy from Melbourne University, Claire Poyser from UN Youth, Paul Mason from the Global Poverty Project, Lani Masuku from Plan International Australia and Dr Lesley Pruitt from Young United Nations Women Australia and Melbourne University.
This event is being organized by the Australia’s Role in the World Partnership, a global education initiative of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, University of Melbourne and UN Youth Australia, with support from Plan International Australia and Young United Nations Women Australia.
|Dr Maree Pardy||Maree Pardy holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Monash University and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. In 2005 she completed her PhD on the transformations of gender and identity among Vietnamese-Australian women. Prior to joining the Gender Studies Program in 2007, she worked for a range of government and non-government organizations in the areas of community planning, housing and development, migrant and refugee community services, and international development education. She is currently completing a monograph based on doctoral and ongoing research with Vietnamese-Australian women, entitled in-between imaginaries: Vietnamese-Australian women and their transformations.|
|Paul Mason||Paul Mason is a campaigner, educator and movement builder. Paul grew up in Johannesburg South Africa and was inspired by the anti-Apartheid movement. He has spent the last the last 7 years engaging and mobilizing young people on social justice issues. His time spent working towards the Millennium Development Goals has seen him spend time with young leaders in Rwanda, Malawi, India, South Africa and Bangladesh. His dedication to engaging young people in global citizenship earned him Western Australia’s 2007 Youth Citizenship Award. Paul is currently the lead Australian presenter of ‘1.4 Billion Reasons’ the Global Poverty Project’s ground breaking presentation on the end of extreme poverty.
|Dr. Lesley Pruitt||Dr. Lesley Pruitt is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Originally from the US, she has lived in Australia for 7½ years and is happy to call Melbourne home. A Truman Scholar and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Lesley received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Queensland. She has articles published or forthcoming in several journals such as the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Global Change, Peace and Security. Her book, Youth Peacebuilding: Music, Gender, and Change, will be published by SUNY Press in April 2013. When she is not busy being a big nerd, she enjoys yoga, hula hooping, and riding her bike on sunny days.
|Claire Poyser||Claire is 20 year old student studying in the Dean’s Scholars Arts Program at Monash University, majoring in International Relations. In the past, she has been involved with organisations such as the Red Cross, the Oaktree Foundation, the Youth Advisory Council of Victoria, and she remains an active member of UN Youth. In 2010 she was honoured to be named the Australian Delegate to the Girls20 Summit, which bought together one delegate aged 18-20 from every G20 country to discuss girls and womens issues. She is currently a student writer for the British Organisation ‘A Safe World for Women,’ and her interests include: the trafficking of women and children, educating girls and women and the affects of conflict on women.|
|Lani Masuku||Lani has been working in the Not For Profit sector for five years and is currently Plan’s Community Giving Manager. Lani is also currently working with a Zimbabwean Cancer Charity to find ways to provide real support to marginalised Zimbabwean cancer patients. Lani is also the founder of an initiative that supports women of African descent and their personal, yet strong identity with their hair and what that means for them culturally and in their everyday life. She’s a co-Founder of a women’s networking group that brings together women who call Australia their second home, and also engages with African’s globally encouraging them to tell their personal story. She says ‘I’m here, to represent the other side of Africa, one that the media will not talk about, one that is leading Africa and Africans out of generational poverty.’|