International Women's Day

"Leave No Woman Behind"

Each year Inner West Council invites local women to join the global celebration in early March of International Women's Day.

The 2018 International Women's Day celebrations were a collaboration of Inner West Council and Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre.

This year, our theme showcased the diversity of the women living and working in the Inner West and how the support of their community has helped them get to where they are now.


MC - Kween G

Renowned for potent content, Kween G delivers dynamic style as an MC, performer and Hip Hop artist.  Kween G makes music that excites, entertains, and enlightens her listeners - often described as 'consciousness-raising'.  Her fighting spirit - for women's rights and those in disadvantaged communities - courage and humility have earned her respect across the country.  In strong demand as an MC, performer and event host, Kween G is a community icon.

Keynote Speaker - Gisele Mesnage

Born legally blind, Giselle's passion is bringing about legal and other systemic reforms to create an inclusive digital society.  After decades attempting to bring about change through lodging complaints with the Australian Human Rights Commission, direct approaches to various organisations and ultimately litigation, Gisele founded the Digital Gap Initiative (DGI) to achieve real change in a systematic and constructive way.

Keynote Speaker - Christine Robinson

Christine is a Bundjalung women with family ties to the Bundjalung Nation located in Northern New South Wales.  Christine has over twenty years experience working in the area of domestic violence.  She has worked in women's domestic violence refuges including Elsie Refuge.  Since 2005, she has been the Coordinator of Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre.  In her role as the Coordinator she's involved in delivering community legal education sessions to Aboriginal women and community workers across the State to ensure that Aboriginal women are aware of their legal rights.  The role includes advocating for Aborinal women within a social justice framework.

Keynote Speaker - Shukufa Tahiri

Born in Afghanistan, Shukufa and her family were forced to fleet their homeland before arriving in Australia in 2006 as refugees.  Shukufa is now a Policy Officer at Refugee Council of Australia.  Her work involved research, policy and advocacy on national issues impacting refugees and people seeking asylum.  Since 2011 she has extensively volunteered in various community legal centres to support people seeking asylum and refugees.  She is a board member of Akademos Scholarship that helps fund the education of youth and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Amnesty International Australia recognised Shukufa as one of the 15 women championing human rights in Australia in 2017.

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Page last updated: 08 Nov 2018