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2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series: Rosie Batty

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27th April 2017
University of Papua New Guinea

Family and Sexual Violence: Experiences and responses in Australia and Papua New Guinea

Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year and prominent anti-violence campaigner, is coming to the University of Papua New Guinea to share her story and Australia‚Äôs experience with family and sexual violence (FSV) reforms with UPNG students and stakeholders.

Ms Batty was named Australian of the Year in 2015 for her campaign against family violence. She dedicated herself to highlighting various issues against family and sexual violence soon after the loss of her 11-year-old-son, Luke, who was murdered by his father on a cricket oval in February 2014.

Her story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence could happen to anyone and she has given voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had, until then, remained unheard.

She now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes.

The lecture is a part of Ms Batty’s visit Papua New Guinea on behalf of Femili PNG from 24 to 28 April 2017. The purpose of the visit is to raise awareness of FSV, increase support for Femili PNG’s work addressing FSV, and to show Papua New Guineans that Australians support them in their journey to end FSV.

The event will also include an opportunity to interact with a panel of PNG experts, including:

  • Ms Anna Solomon, Secretary, Department for Community Development and Religion.
  • Ms Gayle Tatsi, Director, PNG Office for the Development of Women.
  • Lady Winifred Kamit, Founding Chairperson, Coalition for Change.
  • Prof. Betty Lovai, Executive Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UPNG.