Date(s) - 06 March 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Panel Series –
Dismantle or Infiltrate: The Pathways To Equality
Can gender equality be achieved through institutional measures or should we rely on grassroots efforts to more effectively introduce social egalitarianism? Should men take an active part in making way for women in areas traditionally dominated by cis straight white males – such as politics and the arts – or can change only come from a revolution of women dismantling such systems?
Join moderator Jax Jacki Brown and panellists Nayuka Gorrie, Evelyn Morris, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied as they examine outdated but long-entrenched power structures within society and question whether equality can be found working within its parameters or if destruction and revolution is the only way forward.
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Jax Jacki Brown
Photo credit: Anne Standen
Moderator: Jax Jacki Brown
Feminist, disability and LGBTIQ rights activist and performer Jax Jacki Brown has a BA in Communication and Cultural Studies focusing on the intersections between LGBTIQ and disability studies. She is an independent producer, free-lance writer, and workshop presenter on disability and sexuality and disability feminism.
Disability rights continues to be a driving force in Jax’s life as does a commitment to understanding and raising awareness of, the issues affecting women with disabilities as framed through a disability feminist perspective.
Jax is currently mentoring students in disability studies for the University of New South Wales online. Her written work on LGBTI disability rights and sexuality has been published on websites such as Junkee, Daily Life, The Feminist Observer, Writers Victoria, ABC’s Ramp Up and in print for Archer Magazine: The Australian Journal for Sexual Diversity, Queer Disability Anthology (2015) and Doing It: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex (2016).
Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman living on stolen Wurundjeri country. She is a freelance writer and works at Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. She writes about feminism and black self-determination.
Evelyn Morris formed experimental pop outfit Pikelet in 2007 and has released three full-length albums, all of which have received great critical acclaim. Pikelet started out as layered experimental folk music and has traversed many musical territories over the years. Currently the sound is based around experimentation with synth, odd rhythms and found sound, all tied to a core melodic and harmonic focus. Evelyn has also been involved in many collaborations with artists and groups such as The Boredoms, for their Boadrum 10/10/10 performance. She’s done soundtracks for short films, art installations and dance performances.
As a session musician Evelyn has accompanied many artists such as Ariel Pink, Grand Salvo, Laura Jean and Frida Hyvönen. In 2014 Evelyn was awarded The Age Music Victoria award for best experimental/avant-garde act, nominated and voted for by her esteemed peers in the field.
Two years ago Evelyn started the LISTEN group, a community effort at creating discourse and documenting the history around women’s involvement in music in Australia. This project has created great changes within the musical communities in Melbourne and continues to grow and influence the way music is utilized in Australia.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head and is the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Born in Sudan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia when she was two and since then has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally.
Yassmin has forged a hybrid career as an engineer, social advocate and media commentator and she is a sought-after advisor for state and federal governments. Yassmin has sat on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council, contributed as a member of the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and was on the organising committee of the 2014 Youth G20 Summit. She currently sits on the Boards of ChildFund, The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) and OurWatch.