Meetings

September 17th 2023 9.30 am

Sunday, 17 September 2023 at Mt Martha House

Discussion on our experiences supporting the Yes campaign for the Referendum on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

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May 21st 2023

Sunday, 21 May 2023 at Mt Martha House

Jean Ker Walsh and discussion on how SWAN might move forward.

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March 19th 2023 IWD, Book Launch and Lunch

Sunday, 19 March 2023 at Mt Martha House

Speaker Jean Ker-Walsh, then the launch at 12 noon of "When Women Meet", a book currently being finalised which brings the history SWAN up to date and reflects on the impact of SWAN over more than 26 years,  followed by lunch to celebrate this important occasion. 

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November 20th 2022

Sunday, 20 November 2022 at Mt Martha House

Exploring Issues in the Aged Care Sector.  Dr Sarah Russell, Aged Care expert and advocate

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September 18th 2022 AGM

Sunday, 18 September 2022 at Mt Martha House

Dr Diana Johns will address this meeting on "The criminalisation of children (how it happens and why it needs to stop)". 

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July 17th 2022 NAIDOC week

Sunday, 17 July 2022 at Zoom Link has been sent to members with emails. Please contact swanwomen@outlook.com if you need the link and do not have it.

Stephanie Ross from the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria will address SWAN on negotiations for a Treaty or Treaties which are expected to be implemented in 2023 and other initiatives of this Assembly.

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May 15th 2022

Sunday, 15 May 2022 at Mt Martha House

Speakers from Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association

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November 14th 2021

Sunday, 14 November 2021 at Mt Eliza Community Hall, 90 - 100 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza unless Covid restrictions change

Speaker Fiona York, from Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG)

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May 23rd 2021

Sunday, 23 May 2021 at Mt Eliza Community Centre, 90 – 100 Canadian Bay Road, Mt Eliza if Covid restrictions allow

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March 14th 2021 IWD

Sunday, 14 March 2021 at Zoom

International Women's DayOur speaker/s will be Pia Cerveri and  Jodi Peskett         Pia Cerveri is a social worker who has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom and specialised in working with children and their families, youth justice and with women in the Victorian prison system. Pia is a longtime Australian Services Union member and is committed to achieving gender equity via many means, including through the collective power of the union movement. Pia was, until recently, the co-lead of the Women’s and Equality team at Victorian Trades Hall Council.  

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November 8th 2020

Sunday, 8 November 2020 at Zoom

Teela Reid will be our speaker for the postponed NAIDOC week meeting.   This meeting will be on 8th November as Teela is not available on 15th and the committee felt it was worth moving the meeting for this opportunity.Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, a former teacher now criminal defence lawyer and most recently an award-winning junior fiction writer.  Teela is a passionate advocate for enshrining a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Constitution and a Makarrata commission to enable Treaty and Truth-telling. She was a working group leader on section 51 (xxvi), the Race Power, in the constitutional dialogue process that underpinned the Uluru Statement From The Heart; an invitation issued to the Australian people on 26th May 2017.  Teela also appeared on ABC programs The Drum, 7.30 and Q&A, and has an active presence on Twitter (@teelareid) and is the co-creator of the Instagram page blackfulla_bookclub, a platform that honours First Nations Ancestors as the original storytellers. 

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September 20th 2020 AGM

Sunday, 20 September 2020 at Zoom

This meeting will be via Zoom.  Start at 10 am.  After the AGM and notices, we will have a couple of short addresses from members and then a chance to share news.

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July 5th 2020 - Cancelled

Sunday, 5 July 2020 at Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

We had hoped to have Teela Reid as our speaker but NAIDOC week has been postponed and Covid-19 restrictions mean that the meeting must be cancelled.   We are hopefull Teela may be able to speak to our November meeting if  this can go ahead.

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May 17th 2020

Sunday, 17 May 2020 at Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Meeting Cancelled due to Covid-19

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March 8th 2020 IWD

Sunday, 8 March 2020 at Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

 Commencing 9.30am with International Women’s Day special guest speaker, Shen Narayanasamy.   Celebrations extended to 3 pm for those who would like to stay. 

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September 15th 2019

Sunday, 15 September 2019 at Mt Martha House Community Centre, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Leonie Morgan AM wants to see more women in our Parliaments and in local government councils. Much of her work within Australia, in the Pacific and Asia over the past twenty five years has focussed on women political candidates, MPs and Councillors.  This work was acknowledged in 2017 when Leonie was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to women, in particular equitable political representation.

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July 14th 2019 Meeting

Sunday, 14 July 2019 at Mt Martha House Community Centre, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Our guest speaker for NAIDOC week will be Irene Fisher with support from Deb Mellett, Acting Senior Social Planner, Aboriginal Culture and Community Development for Mornington Peninsula Shire.

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May 19th 2019

Sunday, 19 May 2019 at Mt Martha House 466 The Esplanade Mt Martha. Main Hall

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE

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March 10th 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Chamber. Corner of Queen and Vancouver streets. Mornington

Please join us in celebrating International Women's Day 2019. Our guest speaker will be Nyadol Nyuon.  

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November 18th 2018

Sunday, 18 November 2018 at Mornington Shire Chambers, Corner of Queen and Vancouver Streets, Mornington.

Join us to hear Dr Dalal Smiley, the CEO of Wellsprings for Women in Dandenong.   Dalal was born in Lebanon and can speak Arabic, French and English. She migrated to Australia with her mother and brother in 1976 following the civil war in Lebanon. Dalal's migration experience led her to work in the migrant settlement and language services sector. She pursued studies in social sciences, public policy, diversity management and business management. Her career included working in senior roles in local, state and federal governments and not for profit sector plus she founded the Victorian Arabic Social Services which she chaired from 1998- 2005.  In 2009 Dalal won a scholarship from the Emergency Services Foundation to conduct a study in the UK on diversity in emergency services, and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate of law for her contribution to the development of equity and social inclusion in Victoria. 

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September 16th 2018

Sunday, 16 September 2018 at Mornington Shire Council cnr Queen and Victoria St, Mornington

 EVENT IS NOW FULL.   Our guest speaker will be Gillian Triggs,  Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.  Now based at Melbourne University.

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July 1st 2018

Sunday, 1 July 2018 at Mornington Shire Council cnr Queen and Victoria St, Mornington

The theme for NAIDOC Week for 2018 is  "Because of her, we can!"   .... the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to community, family, history and nation".

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March 4th 2018

Sunday, 4 March 2018 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Chamber. Corner of Queen and Vancouver streets. Mornington. 9.30 am

Please join us in celebrating International Women's Day.  Our guest speaker will be Rosie Batty, the 2015 Australian of the Year, awarded for her campaigning against Domestic Violence.  $8.00 includes refreshments.  Come and meet other women who share an interest in social justice, in a safe, friendly space.      Bookings Essential:  Erica on 0404 811 422 by 28 February

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September 17th 2017

Sunday, 17 September 2017 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Chamber. Corner of Queen and Vancouver streets. Mornington.

Please join us for this the final meeting in the SWAN year.  Our guest speaker Teresa Gillespie will talk us through the process of Advanced Care Planning and explain what it is, and why it is something that we should all be aware of.  Doors open at 9.30.  $8.00 includes refreshments.  Come and meet other like minded women who share an interest in all things to do with social justice,  in a safe and friendly space.  Membership is not necessary.  Our brief AGM will follow the speaker. 

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July 16th 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices. Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington

This will be our NADOC meeting.  Do Join us to listen to a talk from Karan Kent a member of the Mornington Peninsula Shire's Warringinee Group. This team supports cultural diversity and understanding across the Shire and delivers programs and services to Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders living on the Peninsula.  Doors open at 9.30. $8.00 includes morning tea.

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May 21st 2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices. Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington

Please join us at 9.30 to meet new friends, chat,  share an interest in social justice and listen to an interesting talk  from our guest speaker Kathleen McInnes who will represent WAYSS.

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March 5th 2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices. Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington

PLEASE NOTE that we have decided this year to change the usual date of the first meeting to be nearer to International Womens Day on 8th of March.  Therefore this meeting only will be held on the first sunday of the month and then meetings will revert back to the usual 3rd Sunday of the months of May, July, September and November.  

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November 20th 2016

Sunday, 20 November 2016 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices. Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington

Please join us for the last SWAN meeting of the year before our summer break.  We are very pleased to have Ambreen Mirza the CEO of the Muslim Women's Centre in Clifton Hill, as our guest speaker. .  We look forward to seeing lots of women ( no need to be a member ) at registration at 9.30   Cost $8.00  includes light refreshments.                                                   www.ausmuslimwomenscentre.org.au 

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September 18th 2016

Sunday, 18 September 2016 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices. Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington

This meeting will include the AGM and therefore will begin at the earlier time of 9.00am.  It would be appreciated if you could attend at this time as there are important issues for discussion and your input is essential to the continuation of SWAN.

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July 17th 2016

Sunday, 17 July 2016 at Mornington Shire Chambers, Corner of Vancouver St, and entrance on Queen St. Mornington.

Do please join us as we celebrate NAIDOC with our guest speakers Lisa Waup, and Tracey Lea who will be representing Baluk Arts, a not-for-profit organisation based in Mornington. Baluk Artists originate from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds from all over Australia and their artworks reflect themes of identity in a contemporary cultural context.  Through their work Baluk Arts  has enabled  family groups and members of the stolen generation to reconnect with their culture. Meeting starts at 9.30 with the $8 entry fee including refreshments.  For more information check out the link to their website on our links page.

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March 20th 2016

Sunday, 20 March 2016 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices. Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Mornington

Do join us at 9.30 for our first meeting of 2016.  Our guest speaker will be Carmen Hawker, the manager of the Victorian branch of The Global Women's Project. This Australian based non-profit organisation endeavours to empower women and support grassroots organisations in Nepal and Cambodia.  Carmen will speak about their ongoing work including efforts to prevent violence against women. Registration $8 on the door.  Non members very welcome.  Light refreshments included.

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November 15th 2015

Sunday, 15 November 2015 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Offices, Corner of Queen and Vancouver St. ( next to the library) Mornington

 

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May 17th 2015

Sunday, 17 May 2015 at Council chambers

Please join us for our meeting on Sunday 17th May, Our guest speaker will be Hannah Jay,  who will discuss Women and girls in the International Development Agenda. $8.00 on the door with refreshments.

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March 15th 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Please join us for our first meeting of 2015.  Our speaker will be  Dr. Philomena Horsley.  A Research Fellow from the Australian Centre of Health Sex & Society.  She will  speak about issues regarding the Sexual Assault of Older Women in the context of family violence and institutional abuse.  Refreshments from 9.30 cost $8

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September 21st 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Offices. corner of Queen and Main streets

After you have read the URGENT NEWSFLASH below! PLEASE join us at 09.30am for our AGM followed by possibly our last ever guest speaker. Kirsty Rosie.    Kirsty is a Community Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Kirsty will be talking about, government grants, the funding differential between Breast and Ovarian Cancer, the difficulties of fund raising and particularly about the cultural difficulties faced by ethnic women needing advice and support.  She will also highlight the need for all women to be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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November 17th 2013

Sunday, 17 November 2013 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Offices. corner of Queen and Main streets

Please join us for another stimulating meeting with our guest speaker this month Judith Graley a founding member of SWAN and State MP for Narre Warren South. Light refreshments provided. $8 entry.

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September 15th 2013

Sunday, 15 September 2013 at Mornington Peninsula Shire Offices

Please join us at our next meeting on September 15th 2013 at 9.30am. Cost $8 includes a light breakfast and hearing our guest speaker Dr Caroline Norma from RMIT talk about her research into gender issues.

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July 21st 2013

Sunday, 21 July 2013 at Council Chambers, Mornington Peninsula Shire offices, Queen St, Mornington

Please join us at our next meeting on July 21st 2013 at 9.30am to be held at the Council Chambers, Mornington Peninsula Shire offices in Queen St Mornington. Cost $8 includes a light breakfast and hearing our NAIDOC guest speaker, Elder Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnson

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SWAN meeting May 2013

Sunday, 19 May 2013 at Council Chambers, Mornington Peninsula Shire Offices, Corner of Main & Queen St, Mornington 3931

Please join us for our next SWAN meeting on 19th May 2013 at 9.30am. The guest speakers will be Mel Reynolds ( nee Gillon) from Project Futures www.projectfutures.com and Nicky Mih from Free To Shine www.free-to-shine.org on the topic " Combating Human Trafficking and the Sex industry in Cambodia". Cost $8, including a light breakfast.

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March 17th 2024

Mt Martha House

At the meeting we heard a very moving address from Lama, a 20 year old Palestinian woman who shared her personal story of seeking refuge in Australia six months ago. 

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May 20th 2018

Guest Speaker:  Santilla Chingaipe . - "From Africa to Australia". Santilla is an acclaimed young Melbourne journalist/filmmaker/racism researcher/activist.

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