International Women's Day with Dr Anne Summers, Dixie Link-Gordon, Catherine Gander, and Verity Firth
UTS is delighted to welcome Dr Anne Summers AO to give the keynote during our International Women’s Day livestream, and take part in a panel discussion along with two distinguished leaders in women’s safety rights advocacy and service provision: prominent Indigenous leader Dixie Link-Gordon and Catherine Gander, CEO of DVWest, which manages shelters in Sydney’s west.
Dr Summers is a renowned writer and journalist who has been an activist and advocate in the women’s movement since the early 1970s, when she was involved in helping start Elsie, Australia’s first modern women’s refuge – located in Glebe, on the doorstep of UTS’s city campus.
Ms Link-Gordon led the establishment of Breaking Silent Codes, a group of First Nations women fighting sexual assault and family violence, while Ms Gander is the CEO of DV West which provides crisis accommodation, transitional housing and outreach support for women and children in the Nepean, Blue Mountains, Blacktown/Hills and Hawkesbury districts.
Almost fifty years on levels of violence against women and children have continued to escalate – and to find new forms of expression. And these have been greatly exacerbated by the home confinement during lockdowns necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chronically underfunded services and facilities are unable to meet the sheer volume of needs of women dealing with assault, threats, coercive control, and abuse.
Hear from Anne Summers, Dixie Link-Gordon, and Catherine Gander in a conversation facilitated by Verity Firth, as they explore how their work has evolved in the face of escalating forms of violence and the diverse needs of women, and what needs to happen to end domestic violence in Australia.
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