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International Women’s Day 2021

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
    System leader
    Early childhood professional
    Educational support staff
    Business manager
  • Event date
  • Location
  • Duration
    1 hour
  • Mode
  • Cost
    DET fully subsidised

Choose to Challenge

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Run annually on 8 March, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

Expanding on this year’s global theme, Choose to Challenge, our IWD event will explore ways of challenging gender bias to improve our lives at school, work and home.

The event will be hosted by Kim Little, Deputy Secretary Early Childhood Education, and will feature keynote speaker Nyadol Nyuon, a lawyer, human rights activist and writer.

Nyadol will share her personal story with us, from her beginnings in a refugee camp in Ethiopia to her successful career as a lawyer in Melbourne and highlight the power of education in achieving her personal success.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the event.

Nyadol Nyuon, Human Rights Advocate

Nyadol Nyuon was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. In 2005, at the age of eighteen, she moved to Australia as a refugee.

Nyadol completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, and works as a commercial litigator in Melbourne. She is a vocal advocate for human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of people with refugee experiences and those seeking asylum. 

Nyadol is also a regular media commentator in these areas, and in both 2011 and 2014, she was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Future Justice Prize.

In 2018 her efforts to combat racism were widely recognised, with achievements including the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me Award. Nyadol also received the Harmony Alliance Award for significant contribution to empowering migrant and refugee women, and was a co-winner of the Tim McCoy Prize for her advocacy on behalf of the South Sudanese Community. She also received the Afro-Australian Student Organisation‘s Unsung Hero Award. 

Kim Little, Deputy Secretary of Early Childhood Education

Kim Little is the lead Deputy Secretary for the implementation of the Victorian Government’s ambitious Education State kindergarten reforms, including the introduction of universal three-year-old kindergarten in sessional and long day care settings, equity funding to support educationally disadvantaged kindergarten children to thrive, and successful programs to lift the quality of kindergarten-offering services. 

Prior to this appointment, Kim was the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Early Childhood Portfolio in her department. She has also worked in the Higher Education and Skills in that department, with a focus on tertiary education policy matters, including market design and intervention.  Before joining the Department of Education and Training, Kim worked in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet on education and social policy issues. Kim has also worked as a philosopher at Monash University and as a corporate lawyer.

Alison Logie
Senior Communications Officer
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