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International Women's Day Breakfast 2020

Join us for our annual International Women's Day breakfast. This year, we are excited to present an Indigenous perspective through a panel of Indigenous women in leadership positions. Moderator Dr Shireen Morris will be joined by Alum of the Year Rona Glynn-McDonald, Janine Mohamed, Dr Sana Nakata and Belinda Duarte.

Trinity College is proud to support and celebrate International Women’s Day. Join author, lawyer and postdoctoral fellow Dr Shireen Morris as she moderates a panel discussion around this year’s IWD theme of Indigenous Women in Leadership. Our panellists include 2020 Alum of the Year Rona Glynn-McDonald, Janine Mohamed, Dr Sana Nakata and Belinda Duarte.

Event details

Date: Friday 6 March 2020

Time: 7.15am for a 7.30am start - 9.00am

Location: Trinity College Dining Hall

Tickets: $30 for guests, free for students

RSVP (guests): 

Enquiries: Matilda Sholly | | +61 3 9348 7527

Moderator: Dr Shireen Morris

Dr Morris is an Australian constitutional lawyer of Indian and Fijian-Indian heritage. She is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School and an Academic Fellow at Trinity College. Before coming to MLS, Shireen worked for 7-8 years at Cape York Institute, leading work on Indigenous constitutional recognition and development of the concept of a First Nations voice. Shireen’s PhD thesis made the case for a First Nations voice in the Constitution, and will be published as a monograph by Hart Publishing UK. Shireen has published several other books including Radical Heart (MUP) and A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition (Black Inc).

Shireen was also the ALP candidate for Deakin at the last federal election, and regularly commentates on public policy in print and media. Before becoming a lawyer, Shireen worked as an actress and a singer throughout her twenties.

Rona Glynn-McDonald – 2020 Bill Cowan Alum of the Year

Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman and social changemaker who works with First Nations communities to create future systems in Australia that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures. She has a background in economics and a deep curiosity and passion for disruptive ideas. As founder of Common Ground, Rona works to record and share First Nations cultures to create an Australia that celebrates and embraces its First Peoples. Since launching in 2018, Common Ground has supported 160,000 Australians to learn more about First Nations people and cultures. 

Rona is also the Director of YLab First Nations, where she is creating a platform for young First Nations people to lead systems change work in Australia and ensure that the future systems of Australia centre First Nations people.

Read about Rona's Alum of the Year award and her achievements.

Ms Janine Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer

Janine Mohamed is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in nursing, management, project management, and workforce and health policy in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Many of these years have been spent in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector at state, national and international levels, most recently as the CEO at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).

Internationally, Janine has been a delegate at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on two occasions, and is now based in Melbourne where she is the CEO of the Lowitja Institute. Janine was awarded a 2019 Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Fellowship.

Dr Sana Nakata, lecturer, lawyer and author

Dr Sana Nakata is Lecturer in Political Science and Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Research Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne. Dr Nakata is a Torres Strait Islander, and was one of the first two Indigenous Australian residential students to commence at Trinity College in 2001. Since then, she has trained as a lawyer and political theorist, with expertise in democratic theory, children’s rights and public policy. Her first monograph, Childhood citizenship, governance and policy examines representations of children in Enlightenment political thought, and contemporary debates about citizenship, criminality and sexuality. Her current research investigates how children are represented in Australian political controversies, and the implications of these representations on how we think about childhood and the ‘political’.

Sana has previously worked at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria Legal Aid and the United States House of Representatives.

Belinda Duarte, CEO

Belinda Duarte is a Wotjobaluk, Dja Dja Wurrung descendant. Belinda was the 2006-2007 Emerging Leader for the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership and is the current CEO of Culture is Life which supports and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led solutions to affirm and strengthen culture and to prevent youth suicide.

She holds a range of appointed and voluntary positions including: Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria, Director of Western Bulldogs, Deputy Chair Responsible Gambling Victoria, MCG trustee, member of the Victorian Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel and board member of the AnnaMilla Foundation.


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