You are invited to a panel discussion with Jenny Macklin, Kate Thwaites, Jill Hennessy and Kate Fitz-Gibbon around the issues of respect and violence, chaired by the Victorian Women’s Trust’s Mary Crooks.
In her essay Enough is Enough, long-serving former MP for JagaJaga Jenny Macklin and current Member for JagaJaga Kate Thwaites make an urgent call for respect for women in Parliament and take a critical look about long held parliamentary structures that don’t allow for equal treatment for women and in some cases protection for the safety of women.
The essay Respect by Victorian Labor MP and former Health Minister and Attorney General Jill Hennessy leads a passionate argument for the basic need for respect in our parliaments, across our institutions and with fellow members of society.
In Our National Shame: Violence Against Women Kate Fitz-Gibbbons takes a critical look at the national emergency of violence against women which has long permeated our community and further emphasised by events that surfaced early in 2021 with the revelations of the alleged rape of parliamentary staffer Brittany Higgins. Fitz-Gibbons looks at the response from PM Scott Morrison highlights the importance of meaningful and effective leadership at the lightest level of government on this particular issue and being the key barrier to achieving genuine reform.
This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.