Issue 2
Monday, 01 April 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Presenters at this year’s Northern Institute International Women’s Day event. This was the ninth year the institute has held an event marking International Women’s Day
Presenters at this year’s Northern Institute International Women’s Day event. This was the ninth year the institute has held an event marking International Women’s Day

NI celebrates International Women's Day

More than 85 guests gathered for CDU Northern Institute’s annual International Women’s Day event.

Northern Institute Director and Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Professor Ruth Wallace was MC for the event with Bilawara Lee, CDU’s Indigenous Academic-in-Residence, providing the Welcome to Country.

The event was officially opened by NT Administrator, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AM with other addresses by Indigenous academic and leader Dr Elaine “Lawurrpa” Maypilama and transgender women’s advocate Dr Belinda Chaplin.

Anti-family violence campaigner Charlie King OAM also spoke about his “No More” campaign to raise awareness that domestic and family violence was not acceptable in society.

Professor Wallace said it was the ninth year the Northern Institute has held an event on Casuarina campus to celebrate International Women's Day.

“We walk in the footsteps of so many women who have made a difference. They’ve done that quietly and with great personal strength and under difficult circumstances,” Professor Wallace said.

“For me International Women’s Day is about remembering who has gone before and recognising that the current generation has a role in supporting and lifting up the women around us.

“Every year I’m inspired by the stories I hear at our women’s day event and I’m buoyed by the women I work with. They inspire me and keep me strong,” she said.

Each year the money raised from the event goes to a worthy charity with this year’s proceeds going to White Ribbon Australia to help stop violence against women.