Join IWDA on the morning of November 29th for a free panel discussion on violence against women at BMW Edge Theatre in Melbourne.
The event falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign calling for an end to violence against women. It also coincides with International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.
- Christine Nixon – Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police (2001-2009)
- Christine Nixon has 38 years’ experience in policing, having risen from Constable to Assistant Commissioner in the NSW Police to Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Australia’s first female police commissioner. She was also the Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority for 18 months and now works as a volunteer advisor to the Authority. Christine currently works in advisory roles for a range of public and private organisations and individuals. She has qualifications and awards from various institutions and universities and vast experience in leadership and organisational reform. Christine’s recent book, Fair Cop, provides a frank and engaging account of the challenges and rewards of a career that has taken in some of the toughest jobs in the country.
- Khin Mar Mar Kyi – Celebrated Australian-Burmese activist, documentary film maker, and former political prisoner
- Mar is a celebrated Australian-Burmese activist and PhD scholar. Apart from her academic position as a social-visual Anthropologist and a documentary film maker, she is a former political prisoner. She is a passionate campaigner and educator for child protection including street children, who also works in combating trafficking and HIV/AIDS as part of fighting for the rights of Burmese migrants on the Thai-Burma border. She has won many awards including ‘the Australia Day Unsung Hero award’ in 2008 and the Australian National University Asian Studies award in 2009 and was a nominee for the Australian International Women’s Day Award in 2010.
- Kathleen Maltzahn – Author of Trafficked and founder of Project Respect
- Kathleen Maltzahn has worked with women in the sex industry in the Philippines, headed the East timor Human Rights Centre, and founded Project Respect, Australia’s first agency to support victims of trafficking. As Executive Director, she led the successful national campaign to put trafficking in women for prostitution on the national agenda and resulted in a multimillion dollar Government package to combat trafficking. She was awarded the inaugural (2005) Dame Phyllis Frost Award from the National Council of Women of Victoria in recognition of her work on trafficking. Her book, Trafficked (UNSW Press) was published in July 2008. Kathleen is currently the Deputy Director of the Eastern Domestic Violence Services, has also worked as the Executive Director of Women’s Health In the North (2007-2010), and is a Patron of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition. She was a City of Yarra councillor from 2004 to 2008. During this time, Kathleen was the chair of the Finances and Human Services, Disability Advisory and Bicycle Advisory Committees, and initiated the Prevention of Male Sexual Violence Taskforce.
- Anj Barker – Victorian Young Australian of the Year (2011) and survivor of relationship violence
- Anj Barker is a survivor of relationship violence. After a long recovery in her late teenage years and early twenties, Anj has become an important advocate on a national and international scale for Gender-Based Violence and represented Australia at the International Women’s Health Coalition in New York in 2007, which included two days at the UN. Anj’s work has been recognised through being elected as the Victorian Young Australian of the Year in 2011. She is an Ambassador for Building Better Lives, an agency that focuses on the care of young people living with disabilities. Anj is also an avid supporter for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
- Moderator: Joanna Hayter – Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency
- In late 2010 Joanna Hayter became the Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency; however, she has worked in international development and social justice since 1982. With an early career blending nursing and peace activism, Joanna has experience ranging across four continents and twenty five countries, her former roles include: Country Director for the Burnet Institute in Burma; Country Director for Save the Children UK in Vietnam; Senior Consultant with ACIL Pty Ltd; Programs and Policy Director with the Australian International Health Institute at University of Melbourne; and Regional Manager for Africa with the Overseas Service Bureau (13 countries). Joanna managed her own consultancy firm for three years with clients including UN agencies, governments and international NGOs. In this role she provided policy, evaluation and management services in relation to humanitarian assistance, national strategic planning, capacity development with civil society and institutional strengthening within government systems.