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For March's TAC we're being all controversial and switching the date to March 8th as it's International Women's Day. To honor International Women's Day, we'll be showing a screening of Half the Sky (http://www.halftheskymovement.org/): Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
This documentary, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.
Half The Sky is a documentary shot across 10 countries, that features a number of women including Somaly Mam, who was sold as a child into the sex industry. Following the screening, there will be an open panel discussion about the issue both internationally and here in Australia and more importantly give you ways you can get involved.
The panel includes:
Steph Lorenzo – CEO, PROJECT FUTURES
After reading the auto-biography of Somaly Mam, a Cambodian woman sold into prostitution as a child, Stephanie decided that she had to do something. She founded Project Futures (http://www.projectfutures.com/) to empower and engage our generation in raising awareness and funding to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation globally. Stephanie has made charity active, fun and collaborative for young people across Sydney, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.
Beau Neilson – Anti-Slavery Australia
Beau Neilson is a dedicated advocate against modern day slavery in all its forms. Throughout her study of law at UTS, she became interested in migration law and after a placement at Anti-Slavery Australia as a practical legal training student, her passion for flighting injustice grew. She now engages in fundraising, outreach and education to groups at risk of trafficking, slavery, forced labor and forced marriage.
Jenny Stanger – Manager, Safe House for Trafficked Women in Sydney
As a co-founder and staff person at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, Jenny has worked as a case manager and advocate for survivors of human trafficking and slavery since 1998. Jenny advocated for the passage of the U.S. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 through media advocacy, congressional testimony and policy advocacy. She is a founding member of Freedom Network USA, a national advocacy network and directed the Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking, a collaborative nationwide training and technical assistance program delivered to thousands of government and non-government personnel in 23 American cities. In 2003, CAST opened the first refuge for trafficked persons in America. Jenny relocated to Australia in 2005 and co-founded the Anti-Slavery Project in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2007, Jenny became the Supervisor of Australia's first refuge for women who have experienced human trafficking, slavery and/or slavery-like practices, a project of The Salvation Army. Jenny is a member of the Australian government’s National Roundtable on People Traffickingconvened by the Minister for Home Affairs.
Stuart Lokhee - Australian Federal Police
Stuart has been a Police Officer for about 19 years with Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police Force. He is currently a Detective/Federal Agent with the AFP’s Human Trafficking Team. Prior to this, Stuart has worked in the areas of People Smuggling, Drug Trafficking, Organised Crime, Protection, Intelligence, and Community policing in both Canberra and Sydney. Stuart has also worked in East Timor with the United Nations Police, and as a Peace Monitor in the Solomon Islands. Stuart holds a Masters in Criminology, Bachelor of Policing, Economics, and Grad Dip in Education. Stuart is dedicated to assisting victims of crime and investigating Human Trafficking.
6pm – Pre film drinks
6:30pm – Welcome & movie commences (SHARP! Please don't be late)
8:15pm – Half the Sky finishes
8:15pm – Panel discussion and moderate Q&A
9:15pm – Finish
Location TBC closer to the date dependent on numbers. Cost will be dependent on venue - I will try and announce this ASAP also.