14 November 2019

This is a one-day conference for like-minded people to come together to discuss the prevention of violence against women and gender equality. We will have conversations about the promotion of gender equality, redefining masculinity, and how we can proactively contribute to long-term cultural change in our daily lives. You will also hear innovative ways organisations are responding to and preventing violence in their fields. This is the second annual MATE conference and it aims to connect people who are challenging status-quo and inequities present in our culture.

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The MATE Bystander Program acknowledges the Kombumerri People as the traditional caretakers and custodians of the land on which this event will be held. We pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within Australia.

Conference Schedule

Time The Grange Romney A
8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome to Country - BUNDJALUNG KUNJEIL DANCE TROUP and local Kombumerri woman Tess Blundell
9:15 Welcome to #becomeonewhodoessomething conference
9:30 The missing link
Making the link between gender inequality and violence against women
Natasha Stott Despoja – Our Watch
Cathy Hunt - Of One Mind (Women of the World, Australia)
Heather Nancarrow - ANROWS
How traditional binaries impact the gender and sexual diverse communities.
Sue Webeck – ANU
Ben Bjarnesen – LGBTIQ campaigner/ advocate
10:30 Morning Tea
10:45 The victims voice
The role of the bystander, from a survivor perspective – do we make things worse by getting involved?
Rachel Kayrooz, Survivor, Motivational Speaker MATE – LGBTIQ session
Facilitator: Ben Bjarnesen and Sue Webeck
11:30 ScreenMATE
Promoting equality in the film and television industry
Katrina Graham, Women in Film & Television Australia
11:45 Thinking outside the box
What can corporate businesses do to contribute to the primary prevention of violence against women and to gain gender equality?
Rachel Durdin, Rio Tinto
Marie Cone, Halcyon
Greg Haines, Princess Yachts
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Challenging the attitudes that sit on the continuum
What’s working and where to from here?
Michael Jeh, Ex-sportsperson and program facilitator
Michael Hail, International Mentors in Violence Prevention Facilitator
Brett Lush, Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
Marc Hogan - QPS
MATE session
Facilitator: Stephen Hoskin and Katarina Graham
2:15 Women & Leadership
What is the current reality in Australia when it comes to women in leadership?
Suzi Finkelstein, Women and Leadership Australia
2:30 What about religion?
A look at what the Christian community are doing to reduce Domestic Violence and address gender equality within the church.
Ray Bull, Deb Candler and Marshall Gray – Gold Coast Christian Faith Community
3:00 Redefining masculinity
How to be a big strong man
Samuel Leighton Dore – Author (Big Strong Man)
3:30 Afternoon Tea
3:45 What does my money have to do with it?
Proactively promoting gender equality – what else can we do, individually.
Alanna Bastin-Byrne – Femeconomy
Cathy Oddie – Financial wellbeing for women
4:15 Promoting ideas from collectivist cultures
Is the saying “it takes a village” now the exception rather than the norm?
Faiza El-Higzi, Queensland DFV Implementation Council
Margaret Gearin, Activist
Tess Blundell, Domestic Violence Prevention Centre
4:45 Thank you ceremony
5:00 Sunset Closing Celebration: leading the way towards equal and safe communities – together.
Speaker Profiles

Samuel Leighton-Dore

Author (Big Strong Man) View profile

Michael Hail

International Mentors in Violence Prevention Facilitator View profile

Sue Webeck

Respectful Relationships Unit - Australian National University View profile

Stephen Hoskin

Men’s counsellor and specialist facilitator View profile

Rachel Kayrooz

Founder Shout! Speak Out View profile

Ben Bjarnesen

Board of directors for DV Connect View profile

Greg Haines

Strategic marketing consultant View profile

Deborah Candler

Gold Coast Christian Faith Community View profile

Alanna Bastin-Byrne

Femeconomy View profile

Cathy Oddie

Financial Wellbeing for Women View profile

Rachel Durdin

Chief Advisor, Social and Stakeholder Engagement - Rio Tinto View profile

Brett Lush

Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre View profile

Natasha Stott Despoja AO

Founding Chair of Our Watch View profile

Margaret Gearin

Manager - Disability Services View profile

Marc Hogan

Detective Inspector Queensland Police Service View profile

Cathy Hunt

Financial Wellbeing for Women View profile

Katrina Irawati Graham

Women in Film & Television View profile

Michael Jeh

Former professional cricketer and Oxford Blue View profile

Faiza El-Higzi

Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council View profile

Dr Heather Nancarrow

CEO - Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety View profile

Marshall Gray

Gold Coast Christian Faith Community View profile

Ray Bull

Gold Coast Christian Faith Community View profile

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