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RightsTalk: The voices of young women inspiring change in Australia today.
The Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership with the YWCA, will host a special International Women's Day RightsTalk to hear from some of the young women that are inspiring change in Australia today.
This panel will explore the challenges, issues and inspirations of young women today as they negotiate equality in leadership, financial independence and career opportunities.
Mariah Kennedy is the 2013 Young People’s Medallist and the Young Ambassador for Unicef. At the age of 16 she became the author of the children’s book ‘Reaching out. Messages of Hope’ which addresses social justice issues such as child labour, refugee rights and global poverty.
Yarie Bangura relocated to Australia at the age of seven after her family fled the civil war in Sierra Leone, Yarie is an active member of her local community and she recently performed in the 2013 production of the Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe that tells the personal stories of trauma and kidnapping with the aim of inspiring other women not to suffer in silence.
Ella Cuthbert participated in YWCA Canberra’s ‘Respect, Communicate, Choose’ respectful relationships program for young girls and the YWCA Every Girl Program. Ella is in year 6 at Majura Public School and has just been elected Sports
Captain for her school house.
Heidi Beck is the Head of Strategy at Qantas, and was appointed to the YWCA NSW Board as a woman under the age of 31, reflecting the commitment of the organisation to developing young women’s leadership.
This event will be launched by Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, with introductions by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and the Hon. Anna Bligh, CEO of YWCA NSW.