Day 1 Schedule - Choose to Challenge

Monday 29th November 2021

9am - 10am:
Welcome to NOWSA 

10am - 11am:
Women in the Workplace Panel

11am - 1pm:
NOWSA Welcome Picnic

1pm - 2pm:
Women in Politics Panel

2pm - 2.30pm:
Afternoon Break

2.30pm - 4.30pm:
First Nations Stories

5pm - 6pm
Barriers for Women and Non-Binary Students at University Panel

Above times are AEDT

DAY 1 Session Descriptions

Mode: Hybrid

The first day of our conference will be hosted in a hybrid mode - there will be rooms available on the Deakin Burwood and Geelong campuses for Victorian students, as well as all sessions being available online. Attendees arriving in person to the Deakin hubs are encouraged to bring their own devices to better engage with attendees online. Interstate students are encouraged to congregate in person in their own registered hubs.

First Nations Stories

Shamahra Lampard and her nan Shirley Lampard are proud Ngarrindjeri women from South Australia who are excited to share their stories in this session. Shamahra currently works as the Aboriginal Cultural Advisor for the Post Sentence Branch in Victoria for the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Shirley is an Elder who is passionate about First Nations women and the legacy she will leave for them to carry on. Both are excited to share their stories, including their experience delving into professional environments and the importance of re-educating themselves and others on their history, as well as highlighting the forgotten barriers that First Nations women are often confronted with.

Welcome to NOWSA

This session will include a Welcome to Country and will delve into the history of NOWSA as well as the events that will be occurring throughout the week. We’ll also go over some things such as the online netiquette rules, our code of conduct, and who to go to if any grievances arise.

Women in Politics Panel

This panel will consist of women Members of Parliament from around Australia, with a range of different views and experiences. Panellists include:

  • Amanda Rishworth - Labor Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Shadow Minister for Youth,

  • Dr Anne Webster - Nationals Federal Member for Mallee,

  • Katie Allen - Liberal Federal Member for Higgins, and

  • Mehreen Faruqi - Greens Sentator for NSW.

We are excited to hear about all their knowledge and the tips they have for young women interested in pursuing politics. 

Women in the Workplace Panel

This panel will consist of women from a range of different industries, including medicine, science and law. Panellists include:

  • Julia Fox - SDA Assistant Secretary

  • Kirsten Banks - Astrophysicist and Science Communicator

  • Liberty Sanger - Maurice Blackburn Principle Lawyer 

  • Lori-Anne Sharp - ANMF Assistant Secretary

  • Niroshinie Fernando - Deakin Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering

The aim is to highlight the issues in both male-dominated and women-dominated industries, delve into the importance of unions, as well as discussing the barriers our panellists have overcome in their respective fields.

NOWSA Welcome Picnic

DUSA will be hosting an online and in person picnic for attendees to come along to, whilst also encouraging interstate hubs to do the same. The picnic will allow attendees to network and socialise with other attendees in a covid safe manner. If you want to know more about hosting an in-person hub outside of Victoria, as well as the resources and funding available, you can find out more information here.