A friend of mine, Leonnie Blumsen who I was at the University of South Australia with many years ago when we were both studying an undergraduate Bachelor of Psychology degree, is actively involved in working for Peace, and is soon hosting an event to mark International Day of Peace. The event aims to highlight the role that organised women play in advancing these ideals into the light as women’s work is too often confined to the sidelines or hidden from view. This event is perhaps my first major step in bringing this knowledge into the mainstream. To be held in Adelaide soon, it is her ‘brainchild’, and highlights her interests in peace and conflict resolution, social justice, human rights and gender equality issues.
To mark International Day of Peace 2019,this event, being held on 20 September, 2019 will be hosted by Lauren Novak, Social Policy Editor for The Advertiser, and the program consists of the following speakers (who will be brief!):
- Chris Henderson, National President Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom Australia
- Jacqueline Graham, National President Business & Professional Women Australia
- Dianne Lockwood, Regional President Soroptimist International South Australia
- Jemma Taylor Cross, Regional Manager (Adelaide) YWCA Australia
Key representatives from Business & Professional Women International, Soroptimist International, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, and YWCA will come together to speak about their organisations, their aims and objectives, and the work their women members do to build justice and peace, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment at the local (grassroots), national, and international levels.
Venue: Bradley Forum, Level 5, Hawke Building, UniSA City West, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000
Notice of a second event broght to my attention by Leonnia, which may also be of interest…
WILPF’s National President Chris Henderson will also be holding a half day workshop for Courageous Women Leaders (9am to 1pm on Tuesday 24th September) while in Adelaide. Details and booking link may be accessed at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/half-day-workshop-for-courageous-women-leaders-adelaide-tickets-68974022157. Chris is flexible on the fee, so contact herif you would like to discuss costs, particularly if there are any financial hardship issues.