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Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women: From Local to Global

  • Storey Hall, RMIT City campus (Building 16, Auditorium) 336–348 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

This panel discussion brings together experts with experience in challenging the structures, cultures and practices that drive violence against women. Drawing on projects from within Australia and beyond, the panel will discuss the primary prevention of violence against women, and respond to audience questions about what is needed to create lasting social change on this vital issue. 

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Dr Anastasia Powell, co-convenor of the Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance (GeVARA) at RMIT University. It will be followed by light refreshments in the venue foyer. 

Participants are encouraged to tweet their questions for the panel in advance using the hashtag #PVAWRMITCan't come along on the day? Follow the conversation online @GeVARA_RMIT

Key people

Dr Emma Fulu, Founder, The Equality Institute
Emma has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and previously worked at the South African Medical Research Council as the Lead on What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. What Works is a UK-funded global programme investing an unprecedented £25 million over 5 years to the prevention of violence against women and girls. It supports primary prevention efforts across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, that seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence to stop it before it starts. Emma has led research on gendered violence in the Maldives, Solomon Islands and Kiribati and acted as an advisor to the UN and WHO on these issues. Emma is the author of the book Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives, a number of journal articles and blogs for the Huffington Post on gender and violence.

Ms Kim Webster, Australia's National Research Office for Women's Safety (ANROWS)
Kim is a social work graduate with 20 years experience in direct care, policy development and project management positions in both the government and non-government sectors. She holds a Masters of Science (Research). Kim has a particular interest in strengthening the role of social and economic policy to address the social determinants of health, especially those affecting women and migrant and refugee communities. She currently manages the National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey, a project led by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety. In previous roles, she has led the design and management of a number of research and policy development projects undertaken to inform the development of public policy to address violence against women, reduce race-based discrimination and support cultural diversity. She is currently completing her Phd focussing on the role of attitudes and social norms in violence against women.

Dr Damian Grenfell, Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University
Damian is Director of the Centre for Global Research (previously Globalism Research Centre), and is a Research Advisor on the Nabilan Ending Violence Against Women Program in Timor-Leste. His research concentrates on social change in the context of conflict and resolution, from wars for independence, interventions and security, through to peace and development. He has worked in a range of international sites, especially Timor-Leste. Drawing together fieldwork with social policy and social theory, Damian has published widely and worked on research projects ranging from Australian Research Council Discovery Projects through to consultancies in rural communities in Timor-Leste. 

Dr Larissa Sandy, Lecturer, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University
Larissa was a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University between 2012 and 2014, with her project exploring the implementation of Cambodia’s 2008 Human Trafficking Law. She was previously an analyst on the Trafficking in Persons project at the Australian Institute of Criminology and a Research Fellow on the International HIV program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe. Her previous projects have explored women’s experiences of sex work and the complex issues surrounding agency and sex work in Cambodia; drug use and HIV risk in Indonesia; and intimate partner homicide in Australia. Larissa's recent research has concerned the primary prevention of violence against women, and in particular, promoting cultures of gender equity and respect in the workplace. 

Further speakers to be confirmed.

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