March 8th 2020 IWD

Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Location: Mt Martha House, 466 Esplanade, Mt Martha

Shen from GetUp

 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.


SWAN is delighted to welcome Shen as our speaker for IWD 2020. 

Shen is the Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp! and one of Australia’s powerful influencers of political discourse around humanitarian issues.  She founded the “No Business In Abuse” campaign targeting corporate involvement in mandatory offshore detention of asylum seekers, and led #LetThemStay, which prevented the deportation to Nauru of hundreds of asylum seekers.  Her recent work was in Canberra on the Medevac Bill effort.

Shen’s background prior to GetUp! is in human rights law, economic justice and land rights.  She was the Economic Justice Advocacy Coordinator with Oxfam, and formerly a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright.  Shen may be a familiar face to our members as she has also appeared on the ABC’s political programs The Drum and Q&A.

 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – numbers limited – call/text  Erica Churchill  0404-811-422

Entry: $10 at door – membership registration / entry donation for members.  Morning Tea is provided.

Since International Women’s Day falls on the date of our meeting, we will extend the celebrations until 3 pm for those who would like to stay for all or part of this.

  • Lunch at approx. 12 noon will be BRING A PLATE TO SHARE – finger/fork food –Oven and microwave are available. A great chance to meet some of the members you do not already know and perhaps reflect on what Shen has said.

  • Approx 1 pm We will play the Podcasts of the 3 Boyer lectures by Rachael Perkins (25 minutes each)

                     01 The End of Silence: The genesis of the Uluru statement

                         Rachel Perkins reminds us of the significance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and why it's the most important message Indigenous people have sent to their fellow Australians in over four decades.

                     02 The End of Silence: With the consent of the natives

                           From colonial times to the present, Indigenous people have wanted a say about the laws and policies that affect them. Rachel Perkins discusses what needs to be done to guarantee that the Indigenous voice is heard.

                      03 The End of Silence: Makarrata

                            In Rachel Perkins final Boyer lecture she details the dual proposal for a Makarrata Commission and a process of truth telling about our nation.

  • Approx 2.30 group discussion of the podcasts

SWAN  sincerely thanks SECRET GARDEN of Mornington for their contribution of beautiful flowers.