She Leads In-Conversation with Magistrate Louise Taylor

Join us on Tuesday 14 May to hear from Magistrate Louise Taylor In-Conversation with Hayley McQuire. 

This candid conversation will centre around Louise’s personal journey as a Kamilaroi woman and leader, including her experiences as the ACT’s first Aboriginal judicial officer. Louise will discuss her history in criminal prosecution and defence, her active contribution to the ACT community through various volunteer roles as well as her commitment to providing access to justice for women, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Magistrate Louise Taylor is a Canberra lawyer who has practised almost exclusively in the area of criminal law since her admission in 2001. Louise is a proud Kamilaroi woman born and raised in inner-city Sydney. Louise has a particular interest in women’s issues especially in relation to family, domestic and sexual violence and is passionate about the importance of access to justice for women, particularly for Aboriginal and other marginalised women. For a significant portion of her career, Louise was a specialist Family Violence prosecutor at the Office of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions under the auspices of the award-winning ACT Family Violence Intervention Program.  Louise is a long-time former Convenor of the ACT Women’s Legal Centre, a past member of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council and former Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. Louise was the 2009 recipient of the ACT International Women’s Day Award. Louise is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and an associate of the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre. Louise was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid ACT and was the first Aboriginal judicial officer appointed in the ACT.

Hayley McQuire is a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous social justice and ending education inequality. She is the National Coordinator and Co-Founder of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, which is focused on asserting Indigenous rights to education. She is a firm believer of authentic youth engagement and representation and is a former member of the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group, UNICEF Australia Youth Ambassador, UNESCO MGEIP Youth Ambassador and Global Partnership for Education Youth Champion. Hayley has worked as a capacity support and advocacy advisor to education coalitions in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. She has also held roles in Indigenous community media, health and leadership development. She is the Co-Chair of the Oxfam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, and her writings on education and social justice have been published in The Guardian, New Matilda and Croakey.

She Leads In-Conversation events aim to provide the community with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session and networking. Men are actively welcomed to attend.

In Conversation with Magistrate Louise Taylor will be at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra on Tuesday 14 May 2019 from 6:15–8:15 pm.

The cost is $40 for YWCA Canberra members and University of Canberra students and $55 for non-members.

What does your ticket include?

  • Entry into the She Leads In-Conversation event
  • A selection of delicious canapés and drinks
  • The opportunity to connect with and be inspired by women leaders
  • YWCA Canberra believes that all women should be paid for their work. As a result, the cost of your ticket price also ensures that we are able to continue to pay our speakers. In this instance, Magistrate Taylor has generously donated her speaker fee toward scholarships for Indigenous women at our upcoming She Leads Conference. More information on how to access scholarships will be released on our 2019 She Leads Conference event page soon.

So, gather a couple of friends and colleagues, and purchase your ticket now!

Please note that parking at the University of Canberra is free from 6pm onwards, and there is a range of alternative transport options available (see the University’s transport page).

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