27 September: Online Violence Against Women in the Pacific Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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Event Time, Date: 1:00PM - 3:00PM, Tuesday 27 September 2022

Location: Online, please register to attend

In the absence of formal data, anecdotal experiences of Pacific Island women suggest that many have experienced online violence, often as a sanction for transgressing rigid gender norms (including demonstrating leadership). It tends to be violent, sexualised, focused on appearance, and may question a women’s supposed virtue or even their fertility. It may also involve threats of rape or harm against women and children. Further enquiry is needed to demonstrate the prevalence of this kind of abuse and the impact on women’s mental wellbeing and career trajectories.

This WLI Learning & Networking panel discussion will further explore the following questions relating to online violence against women and girls in the Pacific:

Event Outline

1:00pm: Welcome and acknowledgement of country

1:10pm: Welcome Hazel Lang, Assistant Director, Australia Awards, Global Education and Scholarships Section, DFAT

1:15pm: Panel discussion facilitated by Kira Osborne, Senior International Development Officer & Pacific Lead, Australia’s Government eSafety Commissioner

2:00pm: Plenary Q&A

2:20pm: Break out session/small group discussions on the following topics, facilitated by panellists):

2:40pm: Plenary Feedback session and any final questions

2:55pm: Thanks and wrap up

3:00pm: Session close


This WLI Learning & Networking Event is open to all current Australia Awards scholars from the Pacific region. 

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