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Dr Naba Masad Alfayadh

Spotlighting Women and Non-Binary People of Colour

Naba is a medical doctor, practicing mostly Emergency Medicine, and a management consultant at Bain & Company. She co-founded Happy Brain Education, a charity which seeks to equalise the playing field in education. She strongly believes in the importance of equity and diversity to make societies and organisations stronger. Naba enjoys running and skiing, and is massively addicted to Audible.

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Harpreet Kaur Dhillon

Sexual Assault: Hearing Our Voices & Facilitating Action in 2020

Harpreet is the president of Macquarie University Women’s Collective, Australia’s member and Board Director of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, NSW Wellbeing Health and Youth Commissioner and Australian Student Environment Network Community Organiser. 

A passionate advocate for justice, committed to breaking the silence, shame, and stigma surrounding social issues including sexual, domestic and family violence, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health.

She was the youngest Australian Delegate at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York for three consecutive years and has helped saved gender studies from being cut at her university.

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Sharna Bremner

Sexual Assault and Our Campuses: Taking Action

Sharna is the Founder and Co-Director of End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia Ltd, a volunteer-run organisation that works to end sexual violence at Australian universities and residential colleges through the provision of direct support for survivors and the communities, prevention through education, and by advocating for policy reform at the campus, state, and federal levels. Sharna is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and her paid employment is in international education, a field that she has worked in for the past decade.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Amira Suraya Nunn

Feminism and Religion

Amira is currently the  UWA Muslim Student Association's President, a  first year student majoring in Physics and Neuroscience as well as  a part-time hospitality worker.

 

The topics of feminism, intersectionality and equity all play a big role in her life. She feels that understanding and applying these values helps her to understand her own identity. She finds the amazing women around her  inspirational  because they are so much more than how they view themselves. She is passionate about social enterprises that strive to bring equity and benefit to the local community.

 

She loves reading and the outdoors. A fun fact about her  is that when she was 5, her best friend was a donkey.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Vaishnavi RN

Sexual Assault: Hearing Our Voices

Vaishnavi RN, 20, First Year Medical Sciences & Economics student at UWA. An International Student who moved to Perth this year! With a lived experience of multiple instances of sexual assault, I’ve been vocal with the community around me and worked closely with the Sexual Assault Care Centre Singapore in research.

Coming from a conservative cultural and family background, it was subliminally etched in me that it was my fault for being too “intoxicated” or being “unconscious” resulting in feelings of embarrassment, denial and self-blame. However, I knew that speaking out would be powerful in fundamentally changing how people understand sexual assault, the culture that enables it and who should be held accountable for their actions. I hope that by being vocal and advocating for fellow survivors, I’d be able to foster necessary conversations surrounding important topics.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Joey Lim

Sexual Assault: Hearing Our Voices

I am the Founder of Young Women Against Sexual Violence (YWASV). I am absolutely in love with collaborations with local businesses for the improvement and betterment of our community, especially for the empowerment of our young women who have experienced sexual violence. As a first generation migrant of Australia, I value collectivism and intersectionality because it enhances social inclusion in our community for a positive change in our society even for just the littlest of things! 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Rey Vargas

Pride Stories & Sex Positivity and Pleasure

Rey advocates for the visibility of the trans community through the emerging medium of fictional podcasts. They are a voice actor for the Goose Thunder Podcasting Network and a producer in the Transcendental Collective, of which the latter is still in its early stages. They like to collaborate through public speaking or through podcasting (fictional or otherwise). Intersectionality is important to them because no one issue of social justice can be treated like a monolith; to tackle an issue, the diverse experiences of the community must be taken into account.

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Kirthi Jayakumar

Feminist Fights Across The Globe

Kirthi is an activist, artist, entrereneur and writer from Chennai, India. She founded and runs The Gender Security Project, one of the few WPS centres in the global south, which works at the cusp of gender, security, peace, and conflict through research, reportage, and documentation. Kirthi is a Vital Voices Enage Fellow, and a former Vital Voices Lead Fellow.

 

Kirthi coded an app for survivors of gender-based violence called Saahas. She taught herself to cods and created a web app, mobile app and a Facebook ChatBOt to support survivors of gender-based violence across 196 countries, and to assist bystander intervention. Her areas of interest include gender studies, peace and conflict research, security studies, and international human rights and humanitarian law. She formerly founded and ran the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling advocacy and digital interventions.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Jasmine Kaur Sareen

Feminism and Religion

Jasmine is the president of Melbourne University Psychology Association and is on the committee for Welfare and Disabilities Department at UMSU. She is interested in researching about the effects of emotional labour on mental well-being and if it makes one more prone to mental disorders, given her educational background in psychology. Intersectional feminism is important for her because of her lived experience of being a Sikh South Asian woman, constantly balancing the theological and cultural practices that patrol the expression of her femininity in the community. You’d get along with her if you like reading Freud and Hoschild!

Pronouns: She/Her

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Zoya Patel

Diverse Representation in Pop Culture

 Zoya Patel is the award-winning author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. She is also the founder of feminist literary organisation, Feminartsy and co-host of the Margin Notes podcast alongside Yen Eriksen.

Zoya has won numerous awards for her writing and editing, and has been published widely, including in The Guardian, the Australian Financial Review, ABC, SBS, Junkee, Overland, Meanjin, Sydney Morning Herald and more. She was a 2020 judge for the Stella Prize, and is the Chair of the 2021 Stella Prize Judging Panel. Zoya is also on the Board of the ACT Writers Centre.

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Yasmin Poole

Building Networks

Yasmin is an award winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is currently Plan International's National Ambassador and frequently appears on prominent Australian media programs to discuss the role of intersectionality in social change. Yasmin is also the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity. 

 

In 2018, Yasmin represented over a million young Australians as the first ever Chair of the Victorian Government's Youth Congress. She has since gone on to represent Australian youth at APEC and the G20. 

 

In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Saffire Grant

Sexual Assault and Our Campuses: Taking Action

Previous President of the UTas Womens Collective, TUU Disability Officer, NOWSA organiser and Fem Fest Tasmania Festival Director. Saffire Grant is a LGBTIQA+ advocate/ feminist/activist and organiser currently working on events such as Reclaim the Night and campaigns such as #LetHerSpeak and One a Week.

Pronouns: They/them

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Chloe Hayden

Loving Your Body and Diverse Representation in Pop Culture

Chloe Hayden is a motivational speaker, actor, disability advocate and activist. Her biggest passions being disability representation and equality, climate change, equality and feminism. As a disabled woman, equity, representation and feminism are aspects that she's so incredibly passionate about, and that affect her and other’s on a daily. She believes it’s so important that we all continue to speak up, educate ourselves on, and continue to make positive changes to, so that we can all live a better future. Feminism and equity is for everyone. 

Chloe says young women of the future generations are going to be the change the world needs to see. Change is coming, and it’s going to come from us. 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Mariam Mohammed

Building Networks

Mariam is an entrepreneur, speaker and facilitator. In 2016, Mariam was elected Women’s Officer of Sydney University Postgraduate Association (SUPRA). In 2017, she became the President of SUPRA - leading the team that delivered a 600% increase in the organisation’s community engagement. By 2019, she had co-founded MoneyGirl to empower and inspire women to become financially independent. Now, Mariam teaches advocates and changemakers how to create and leverage a strong personal bran to amplify their impact. She is among the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list, and a 2020 NSW Young Woman of the Year Finalist.

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Micaela Rafel

Sexual Assault: Hearing Our Voices

Micaela is the Co-Founder of Young Women Against Sexual Violence, an organisation that engages the community in discourse surrounding consent and the normalisation of attitudes and behaviours which lead to sexual violence. She is also a volunteer at Amnesty International Women’s Rights Network and is the conference convenor for NOWSA 2020. Micaela studies a BA of psychology at UWA and a Bachelor of Nutrition at LaTrobe, and is interested in wellbeing from a holistic perspective.

 

She is passionate about women’s rights and intersectional feminism, and is interested in looking at justice from a transformative perspective. She believes everything is connected and that it’s important to understand how our personal and ancestral histories have brought us to be here, so that we can be conscious of ourselves and choose to create the world we are a part of.

 

 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sophie Stewart

Defunding the Police: A discussion on Justice

Sophie Stewart is the Campaign Coordinator for state-wide coalition Social Reinvestment WA, spending the last five years working to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in WA’s justice system.

On weekends, she also runs Swim for Refugees which she founded while studying Honours in Political Science and International Relations at UWA.

Growing up spending days at the homeless shelter her parents began in Vic Park, Sophie saw firsthand the unjust obstacles and disadvantage faced by many people because of circumstances beyond their control. 

“Far too often race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and socio-economic class dictate the outcomes of people’s lives. If we truly believe in equality, we have to work for justice in our homes, communities, and the systems that govern us.”

In her spare time Sophie enjoys live music, swimming (preferably in salt water), yoga, devouring (mostly fantasy) books, cooking up big meals to share with her friends & family over bottles of wine, and road trips with her partner and their over-enthusiastic staffy Zaff.

 

 

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Lulkbudia Mclean

Feminism and ILM & A Discussion on Mental Health

Lulkbudia is a proud Miriwoong Gadjerong woman from the Kununurra WA who is living on Whadjuk Noongar boodjar. Positioned as the First Nations Representative at the Curtin Student Guild. Lulkbudia advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander students and the unique barriers they may face while accessing education at a colonial institution. As a queer woman and psychology student Lulkbudia is passionate about mental health awareness, elevating Bla(c)k & POC voices, striving for queer & Blak representation, and providing safe spaces for community.

 

Lulkbudia is excited to take up space and join NOWSA to discuss the importance of intersectional feminism!

 

 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Bre Shanahan

Facilitating Action in 2020

Bre is the current President and former Women’s Officer at the UWA Student Guild. She has spent the year  advocating for students via zoom during COVID-19. Her favourite moment within the Guild was being called the ‘High Priestess of Social Justice Warriors’. Outside of this, Bre is studying her Juris Doctor at UWA.

 

 

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Kate Benesovsky

Pride Stories

Kate is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws/International Relations and is La Trobe University Student Union's 2020 Queer Officer. 

 

Raised in the eastern suburbs, Kate grew up in religious schools and conservative settings. Her closeted upbringing has made her passionate about representation and insectionality in all spaces, and she wishes to work in Women's and LGBTQIA+ policy after she graduates.

 

This year, Kate has worked tirelessly with La Trobe Queer students and her fellow representatives to ensure that they are represented in the online learning space, because of COVID-19. She ran and organised La Trobe's first online Pride Festival and has also worked in student welfare, sexual assault, and domestic violence within the university.

 

 

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Jenny Chang

Workshop: Check Your Privilege

Jenny is a medical student from UWA with a north star of empowering peer engagement with social advocacy and cultivating change for a better world. Jenny is involved in the UWA Women's Department as the Social Impact Collective Convenor, as well as having previously presented a TEDx talk on turning compassion into action and grassroots activism as President of Students for Refugees. Currently Jenny is the Volunteering Chair at the UWA Student Guild with a focus on strategic community engagement, amplifying social impact and upskilling students through giving back to the community.

 

 

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La Red de Movimientos Feministas en Guanajuato Capital

Feminist Fights Across The Globe

La Red de Movimientos Feministas de Guanajuato Capital is made up of a group of collectives and women from the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. Their primary objective is to consolidate themselves as an active movement from the capital of the state by unifying all of the feminist collectives in the city, to empower the feminist movement. They emerged out of the need to unite and have their voices heard, on the need for legal, safe and free abortion, as well as on the issue of the rise in feminicides, and the lack of women’s sexual and reproductive rights. Their purpose is to accompany, support, and nurture themselves and one another, as a collective and as individuals.

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Celeste Liddle

Feminism and Indigenous Lives Matter

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, a unionist, a social commentator, an activist and a public speaker. She is currently a columnist for Eureka Street and has been writing freelance opinion since she started her blog “Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist” in 2012. She is a graduate of La Trobe, UniMelb and now potentially Monash University. She is also a punk music and craft beer aficionado.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Ella Noah Bancroft

Indigenous Stories and Environmental Feminism

Ella Noah Bancroft is a custodian of the land now known as “Australia”. 

She is a descendent of the peoples of the Bundjalung nation and peoples of England, Poland and Scotland. 

Ella identifies herself as a woman and she based in the Northern NSW.   

Ella is a poetic feminist, passionate about re-wilding the world and the feminine force from the multifaceted lens of culture, heritage, gender, politics, identity and sexuality. 

Ella’s work discusses themes of identity, intersectionality, culture, the feminine force and living a life of integrity, connection and creativity.

A current theme she has been exploring in her current world is “It takes courage to tell the truth”, the title of her podcast and first published book. 

She is also the founder of “The Returning” and Yhi Creations. 

Yhi Creations is a small clothing brand, taking landfill tshirts and repurposing them with screen printing with a message.

The Returning is an event build on gifting. The gathering takes place outside of Mullumbimby and hosts 100 women to the event. 70 of those attendees are on scholarship and exchange tickets. With over 10 workshops, panels, talks and much more plus food that is local and organic provided this event is her small contribution of service to the larger community. 

She is currently on the board for “Women Up North”, Women Up North is a Northern NSW service for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic or family violence or abuse. Ella is also on the RAP working committee for Yoga Australia, working along side many other Indigenous yoga teachers bringing cultural understanding to the practice and deep respect for the land we all stand.

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Yasmine Esther

Feminism and Religion

Yasmine is a West and Central Asian Jewish woman, who focuses on decolonizing Jewish identity, while discussing Jewish history in the Middle East. Growing up in a Black and Jewish home, and now raising Black and Jewish children, Yasmine is passionate about combatting antiblackness in the Jewish community, & creating a more inclusive space for families like hers. Yasmine also seeks to remind people that Jews can and do exist beyond the American stereotype and is focused on true representation for the community.

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Debbie Kilroy

Defunding the Police: A discussion on Justice

After her release from prison in 1992, Debbie established Sisters Inside to advocate for the rights of women and girls in prison.  As CEO of Sisters Inside, Debbie is a tireless advocate for the interests of criminalised women and girls, and actively works to dismantle the prison industry.  Debbie has completed qualifications in social work, forensic mental health and law.  Debbie was the first former prisoner to be admitted as a lawyer in Queensland and, in 2013, opened her own legal practice, alongside Sisters Inside.  Debbie’s advocacy has been recognised through various awards, including the Order of Australia (2003). 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Genille Gordon

Feminist Fights Across The Globe

A Jamaican native with work experiences in the United States, Australia and China in the Human Rights, Communications, International Relations and Community Engagement field, along with being an active member of the United Nations Association of Australia’s Young Professional Network has given her the knowledge and resources to contribute to topics surrounding feminism, intersectionality, equity, homeless and collectivism within the broader public sphere.  

 

With a passion for encouraging others to use their voice and writing, Genille is a self-published author, and uses profits from her books to support one of her projects, “Serve the Community” where she creates over 200+ lunch bags for the homeless community. 

 

Currently: Marketing and Communications Office within the nonprofit sector.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Spotlighting Women and Non-Binary People of Colour

Sukhjit is a playwright, poet, and screenwriter. Her passion for storytelling and authentic representation has led her to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition (2014) as a finalist, perform on Australia’s Got Talent (2016) as a semi-finalist and speak at TedxUWA (2017) as well as TedxNewtown (2019). She has performed with notable artists such as Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion, and her poetry and community arts projects have led her to tour globally and across her nation. In 2019, Sukhjit premiered her debut theatre show, Fully Sikh, with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company. Sukhjit is currently developing two TV projects. 'What Would Suki Do?' is a dramedy series based on her childhood and has received funding and support from Screenwest and ABC. And her rom-com 'One of the Good Ones' is being developed through a US accelerator program Imagine Impact. For Sukhjit, feminism is at the core of her process and art. 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Frances Lamont

Feminism and Religion

Growing up, Fran was deeply involved in the Christian community having been raised by Roman Catholic and Lutheran parents. After a long process of exploration, she now identifies as an atheist. Her ‘de-conversion’ coincided with her discovery of feminism. Her primary areas of interest include gender and the law, sexuality, intersectionality and social justice. She is passionate about facilitating nuanced conversations that distinguish religion from spirituality. Fran believes challenging conversations and critical thinking are fundamental to building authentic beliefs. She will encourage her audience to examine their own positing and embrace different perspectives for a rewarding and thought-provoking experience. 

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Emma Softly

Exploring Sex Work

Emma is the President of SWEAR WA, Western Australia’s peer sex worker organisation. Emma has represented SWEAR WA on community radio and in podcasts; as a guest speaker at university symposiums; and recently had her op-ed article regarding sex work published by several national news outlets. Emma also holds a tertiary qualification in Community Services, and is a nationally recognised SANTAP Sex Work Peer Educator.

Emma’s favourite pastimes include daydreaming about dismantling the patriarchy, and confessing to anyone who will listen of her unrequited love of ‘bin chickens’. To know more about SWEAR WA and the work they do, visit www.sexworkerrightswa.org

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Roghayeh Sadeghi

Refugee Experiences and Activism

I am currently volunteering as a public speaker for Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). My fight for equality as a feminist is an endless battle that I have to face every day. Growing up, I was always told to be what everyone else wanted me to be and to act, behave, talk and walk like a girl. I grew up in a traditional community where my gender defined my position in society. I had to fight my way through the discrimination and bullying I faced in Iran because I was an Afghan refugee. Today, I aim to raise awareness about the issues I faced as a refugee and speak up for the millions of refugees and innocent children who just like you and me deserve to live in peace.

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Luiza Juinqueira

Loving Your Body

Luiza is a Brazilian internet creator who promotes self care through body positivity, health eating, sustainability and wellness. She created the tag #tourpelomeucorpo (tour through my body) which was a very important movement and enhanced the debate towards body acceptance in Brazil. She believes that for us to have a more equal world, we have to change gender political and economical division.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Monei Thomason

Sexual Assault and Our Campuses: Taking Action

I am the founder of the recently launched Stands Against Silence (SAS) in which I have created a university centred group on Facebook for survivors of sexual assault where we share events, resources, and a hotline for sexual assault victims and their stories. When people would talk about rapists, or my mum would say ‘get home safe’, I would always joke and say ‘the only person who has to worry about getting home safe is the perpetrator after I’m done with them’. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. This is why I created Stands Against Silence to make sure people are informed of the risks and where to get help.

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Maya & Sarah Ghassali

Refugee Experiences and Activism

Maya and Sarah are Syrian twins residing in Melbourne, Australia. They co-founded the Refugees on Air podcast in 2017, with the aim of providing refugees a platform to reclaim their narrative and understand the importance of their lived experience. Maya is passionate about refugee rights and empowering young people to take a stand on the issues they care about. Maya is also a Youth Activist with Plan International Australia, where she advocates for girls rights and gender equality. She studies a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Sarah  studies Film and TV with Honours at Swinburne University. She hopes to engage people with the refugee movement through filmmaking. As women in leadership, Maya and Sarah want to shine light on the importance of understanding how issues disproportionately impact young women, especially migrant women of colour, and what can be done on both a grassroots and a policy level to address such issues.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sexual Assault and Our Campuses: Taking Action

SARC is a 24-hour emergency service providing health and forensic services and counselling support to people 13 years and over who have been sexually assaulted within the previous 14 days.  SARC provides counselling for people who have experienced past sexual assault and/or abuse and has a state-wide education and training program available to the community, schools and other health professionals. SARC employs 60 professional people, mostly part time, across a variety of professions including medicine, nursing, social work and psychology.

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Neha Madhok

Spotlighting Women and Non-Binary People of Colour

Neha Madhok has over a decade of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice. 

 

Currently, Neha is a National Director at Democracy in Colour - the first Australia-wide organisation led by and for people of colour, and for economic justice. Previously she was a Senior Campaigner at 350.org Australia. Neha has worked on the Yes campaign for Marriage Equality, and she was a Digital Campaigner in the Australian union movement.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sara Bianco

Sex Positivity and Pleasure

Sara worked as a pro fetishist and kink educator for 8 years in many different pro dungeons around the world. Her superpower is the ability to make people feel comfortable to step outside their comfort zones and safely push their boundaries. A kink inspirer and super creative Sara’s realm is conscious connection, intimacy and communication. Sara owns Akademi, a kink friendly small bar that runs nightly pro sex workshops ranging from Tantra, consent, healing from sexual shame, shibari, bdsm safety and everything in between. Regardless of race, gender or sexuality should be a basic human right. Everybody should be entitled to achieve their successes to the best of their potential, with out the hindrance of prejudice or discrimination for just being who they are.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Rachel Siewert

Mental Health & Environmental Feminism

Rachel is a Senator for Western Australia and the Australian Greens spokesperson on Family, Ageing and Community Services, Health, Mental Health, and Gambling. She is the Greens Whip and Chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee. In her position as Chair of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Rachel has shed light on landmark issues on aged care, suicide prevention, petrol sniffing, hearing health, income inequality, pelvic mesh, forced adoptions and out of home care. Senator Rachel Siewert has been in Parliament for over 15 years.

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Aisya Aymanee M. Zaharin

Refugee Experiences and Activism

Aisya currently serves as one of the Board Directors of Forcibly Displaced People Network while doing her  PhD. Her research includes extensive field in the area of political science and history, decolonisation to LGBTQI+ and Islam with a focus on improving social inequality, promoting cultural relativism and social responsibility concepts. Being an intersectional feminist allows her to share her lived experience and learnings through my academic-activist performance. She uses gender as the primary lens through which various forms of inequalities are experienced. She is a digital nomad and when she’s not writing, conferencing or street-demonstrating, she enjoys running, gardening, bush-walking and horse riding.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Kiz Jackson

Facilitating Action in 2020 & Loving Your Body

Kiz is the current Disabilities National Office Bearer for the Nation Union of Students - the Peak Student Body Representation in Australia. They have spent the year advocating against cuts to education, and fighting for better student support during the pandemic, with a specific focus on how these things affect disabled students. Kiz is also a student at the University of Technology, Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Communications, and a Bachelor of International Studies. They are non-binary, but are often read as female, and, thus because of their experiences, is a stauch activist and advocate for disabled feminism and queer feminism. Kiz is also a staunch unionist, and has been directly involved in the union movement for the past 3 years - fundamentally understanding the importance of collectivity and the power in numbers one has from standing in solidarity together.

Pronouns: They/Them

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Amao Leota Lu

Spotlighting Women of Colour

Amao Leota Lu is a proud Samoan fa'afafine and trans woman of colour who is a trans activist, performance artist, public speaker, writer, poet, curator and storyteller. She infuses and weaves the queer rainbow tapestry of race, culture and gender through her talks, perfomance and story telling.

 

Intersectionality is important to her as it is the bridge that connects her identities together.

 

She is a lover of dance, culture, the arts...and  food, and has a weakness for indulging in Italian food.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Jannika Jacky

Indigenous Stories

Jannika is a Bardi woman living on Whadjuk Noongar country. She’s  volunteered in schools at remote Indigenous communities in Kimberly. She’s  also advocated for survivors of sexual assault, particularly at universities, as well as the #LetHerSpeak movement.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Tigist Kebede

Mental Health

Tigist Kebede is a counsellor and advocate. She employs trauma informed, decolonizing and intersectional frameworks into her practice and advocacy. She is the founder of “The Tena Therapist” a social media mental health platform and works for Pola Psychology a culturally inclusive practice. 

Her work is primarily directed at addressing power and privilege and supporting minoritised people in healing and empowerment.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Oriana

Loving Your Body and Diverse Representation in Pop Culture

As a Women of Colour Oriana Plussize is a proud plus size Polynesian Model/Influencer based in Perth, WA.  Although born in NZ, Oriana is of Samoan and Tahitian descent.  During the day she works full time in Business Banking - outside of work she does modelling, promotes Self Love and Body Positivity and is working on building her own business.  Oriana also plays American Football for the Swan City Titans and volunteers for a Not for Profit Organisation. Feminism is important as she believes all women have the right for their voice to be heard and it’s about time that it needs to be the norm.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Sonny Jane Wise

A Discussion on Mental Health and Pride Stories

Sonny Jane is an autistic counsellor, consultant and advocate with lived experience as well as the founder of the lived experience studio. Sonny is passionate about centering lived experience, challenging the mental health industrial complex and remaining what peer-led care looks like. This has led to them breaking down the norms in therapy, speaking on radio stations and podcasts, presenting at online conferences on peer support + anti-oppressive practice and collaborating with services and professionals. They believe intersectionality matters because the mental health system is built into oppression from the policies to the ethics to the DSM.

Pronouns: They/Them

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Amanda Porter

Defunding The Police

Amanda is a descendant of the Brinja clan of the Yuin people in south coast NSW. She is currently a senior fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her current book projects include Unsettling Security: Policing, Violence and Community Safety/Defence (forthcoming, Palgrave) and Defund the Police: A short history of police abolition and divestment (under contract with Polity Press)

Pronouns: She/Her

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Kaz Uy

Environmental Feminism

Kaz is a Community Organiser with Tipping Point (a National Project of Friends of the Earth) and a Training Facilitator with Democracy in Colour and the Change Agency Education and Training Institute. Previously, she was an organiser in Oxfam Australia and the Asylum seeker Resource Centre. 

 

With roots in the Philippines and now based in Melbourne, Kaz is passionate about people-powered change, decolonisation, intersectional feminist leadership, supporting frontline communities, and ’bustin’ down the door’ of the nonprofit sector to pave the way for emerging campaigners and organisers of colour (especially young women of colour) to flourish and be leaders in the social justice and climate justice movement.

Pronouns: She/Her

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Robyn Oxley

Defunding The Police and Capitalism, Colonialism, Patriarchy and Government

Robyn Oxley is a Tharawal and Yorta Yorta woman who is a lecturer in Criminology at Western Sydney University. Robyn has successfully completed a Masters by Research in Criminology in 2020, specialising in Indigenous affairs within the criminal justice system. Robyn is an activist and human rights advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the criminal justice system.

Pronouns: She/Her

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