Event Invitation | 18 June: People with Disability Leading and Influencing (Online Discussion)

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[Pictured L-R: Dante Rigmalia, Emilline Law Kwang, and Ipul Powaseu]

Australia Awards and WLI invite scholars, alumni and interested colleagues to an online event exploring how people with disabilities understand and exercise leadership, and how they influence change in their communities and countries.

Co-hosted by WLI, Australia Awards Africa, and Australia Awards in Indonesia, this event brings together disability leaders from Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific to share their experiences.  

The event will feature a panel discussion, live audience Q&A, and group break-out discussions.

Event Details

Date: 18 June 2024  

Time: 2:00PM – 4:00PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Location: Online via Zoom

About the Speakers

Ipul Powaseu (Papua New Guinea) is a disability rights and inclusion advocate of almost two decades and the Senior Program Manager (Disability Inclusion) at PNG Women Lead. She was instrumental in advocacy that led to PNG’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2013 and in developing a draft Disability Bill.  

Emilline Law Kwang (Mauritius) is a disability rights advocate, an Australia Awards Alumna and a Management Support Officer of the Public Sector Business Transformation Bureau. In 2023, she spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of inclusive policies and accessible infrastructure which led to a series of recommendations.  

Dante Rigmalia (Indonesia) is Chair of the Indonesian Disability Commission, an Australia Awards Alumna,and a passionate advocate for the rights of children with disabilities to a quality education. She is responsible for ensuring that government and non-government institutions – at national and regional levels – respect and fulfil the rights of people with disabilities.

Dr Mercy Masta (Facilitator) is WLI’s GEDSI and Safeguards Specialist, responsible for leading the program’s work on gender, disability and social inclusion. She is also a Learning and Research Associate with Conciliation Resources Australia, a peace-building organisation that works in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.  

Event Topics

Drawing on research on disability leadership in Indonesia, this discussion will unpack the leadership journeys of Ipul, Emilline and Dante to explore what motivated them to lead, how their identity as a person with a disability has shaped their leadership, and how they are influencing change in their communities, workplaces and nations.

Accessibility and Registration

The event will be in English, with English captioning provided.

Upon registration, please let us know your accessibility requirements by 7 June.  

Registrations are essential using the button below.

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