16 August 2017
On Wednesday 16 August, Arrernte woman, renowned Aboriginal feminist, unionist, and social commentator, Celeste Liddle will talk women’s leadership at the University of Canberra’s Ann Harding Centre.
This is the third event in YWCA Canberra’s She Leads In-Conversation series, to be emceed by Wiradjuri woman and YWCA Canberra Vice President, Sarah Burr.
The conversation will highlight the leadership challenges that Aboriginal women continue to face in our communities, society and workplaces, and point to solutions for the future.
Ms Burr says the unique voices and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are largely absent from mainstream conversations about feminism and equality, and this must be addressed in order to make meaningful progress.
“Celeste and I share a profound appreciation for First Nations feminism, and I look forward to the opportunity to hear her thoughts on what it means to be Aboriginal and a feminist, how this contradicts and intersects with mainstream ideals, and how the mainstream can be enriched by being more inclusive of a First Nations feminism dialogue” Ms Burr said.
Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra added that it is crucial that conversations about gender equality and women in leadership are inclusive, diverse, and accessible to all members of the community.
“Understanding the challenges and barriers to leadership that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women face is an important step towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.
“This event celebrates the voices of Aboriginal women leaders in our community, who are still suppressed in public discourse today,” Ms Crimmins said.
Date: Wednesday 16 August
Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre at University of Canberra.
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Celeste Liddle, Sarah Burr and Frances Crimmins are available for interview.
Media contact: Eliza Hughes, 0429 210 881.