Day 16 - Human rights

At the conclusion of our 16 day "shine a light on violence against women" campaign, we will be holding a  forum - Domestic violence and homelessness: violations of human rights.

This community forum brings together three noteable speakers to talk about gender issues, housing and homelessness.

  • Catharine Lumby, Professor of Media - Macquarie University, gender issues advisor, media commentator on gender equality and sexual violence prevention, author and journalist
  • Travis Gilbert, Executive Office - ACT Shelter
  • Mirjana Wilson, Executive Director - Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT

About our speakers

Catharine Lumby
Catharine Lumby is the author and co-author of six books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She speaks on topics that include gender equality, sexual violence prevention, young people and media, social media and media content regulation.

Since 2004, Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players.

Before entering academia in 2000, she was a journalist and opinion writer and has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and The Bulletin magazine. Catharine is on the editorial boards of Public Communication Review, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and Feminist Media Studies. She was the foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at Sydney University and the foundation Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW. She joined Macquarie University in 2013. In the same year Catharine was appointed to the National Museum of Australia Council.

Travis Gilbert
Travis Gilbert is the Executive Officer of ACT Shelter, the peak body representing the interests of affordable housing consumers in the ACT. He has worked in various roles in the community and public sectors over the past decade in homelessness and mental health. Travis is passionate about ending homelessness for people and the pursuit of the realisation of housing as a human right in Australia. He believes that men need to play a much greater role in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence both directly and through campaigns such as White Ribbon Day.

Mirjana Wilson
Mirjana is the Executive Director of the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) which is a community sector organisation that provides 24/7 direct crisis intervention and support to the ACT community. Mirjana has worked in both the government and community sectors for more than 20 years including more than 10 years at DVCS and has a high level of understanding around the complex issues associated with domestic violence and its impact on those who experience it.

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The campaign

Day 1 - Overview of violence against women

Day 2 - Who is at risk

Day 3 - Myths

Day 4 - Physical violence

Day 5 - Emotional abuse

Day 6 - Sexual violence

Day 7 - Financial abuse

Day 8  - Violence and technology

Day 9 - The signs of violence

Day 10 - Outcomes of violence

Day 11 - Surviving violence

Day 12 - How can you help?

Day 13 - Preventing violence

Day 14 - Violence and children

Day 15 - Violence and homelessness

Day 16 - Human rights

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