Tuesday 12 November 1.00pm - 1.30pm
Tiwi Song Project
Presentation and performance by women from the Tiwi Islands in Australia's Northern Territory.
Tuesday 12 November 1.30pm - 2.30pm
First People and Indigenous Communities
In this discussion we will explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia, as well as Indigenous people throughout the world. The panellists will discuss programs and policies they have developed to celebrate and strengthen their first and Indigenous people.
Ms. Tanya Hosch - Board Member at Australian Red Cross and Deputy Campaign Director, Recognise (Panel facilitator)
Mr. Michael White - Regional Manager Far North Queensland, Australian Red Cross
Mr. Daniel Javiel - Executive Director Guatemalan Red Cross
Ms. Annie Vanderwyk - Aboriginal Programs Implementation Manager, Australian Red Cross
Wednesday 13 November 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Climate Change and Disasters
Climate Change is undoubtedly one of the greatest threats to humanity. Since 2009 the frequency and size of natural disasters in Australia has been felt significantly by both the Australian community and Australian Red Cross, with resources stretched further than ever before. Internationally Red Cross recognises the impact of climate change and is working with communities that are already experiencing the impacts, particularly island nations in the Pacific. Our expert panellists will share their experiences and discuss what action we can take now to reduce the impact of future disasters and ongoing climate change.
Mr. Michael Raper - Director of Services and International Operations, Australian Red Cross (Panel facilitator)
Dr. Maarten van Aalst - Director Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
Ms. Lucy Manne - National Co-Director of Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Mr. Teweiariki Teaero - Board member of Kiribati Red Cross Society
Thursday 14 November 1.15pm - 2.15pm
The Protection of Women, Children & Young People
More than 31,000 children are abused and neglected in Australia each year, underlining the critical need for everyone in the community to support child protection. Globally more than one third of all women experience physical or sexual abuse, with the World Health Organisation advocating for better support for women who experience violence and the elimination of tolerance for it. What role can Red Cross and the wider community play in addressing these issues? In this discussion we bring together a panel of leaders to share their experiences in advocating for the protection, rights and development of women, children and young people.
Ms. Hang Vo - Head of Strategic Operations, Services & International, Australian Red Cross (Panel facilitator)
Ms. Pat Anderson - Co-author 'Little Children are Sacred' report
Dr. Katrina Lee-Koo - Senior Lecturer in International Relations, ANU
Dr. Honni van Rijswijk - Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law, UTS
Thursday 14 November 4.30pm - 5.00pm
The Impact of Migration
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts the right of all people to seek asylum from persecution in other countries, yet Australia's media and political discourse on the issue demonstrates the public's polarised views on people seeking asylum in Australia. Our keynote speaker will highlight why Australian Red Cross is, and should be, involved in the migration space.
Ms. Margaret Piper - Consultant for research, capacity building and training in refugee sector (keynote address)
Friday 15 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Fostering Inclusive Communities
People experience social isolation and exclusion in many different forms, including people from minority groups and people who are, or have been, in prison. This discussion will explore innovative ways of working with people who are at risk of being marginalised to improve or restore their connection with the community.
Mr. Noel Clement - Head of Australian Services, Australian Red Cross (Panel facilitator)
Ms. Shelley Cardinal - Aboriginal Consultant, Canadian Red Cross
Dr. Jill Guthrie - Research Fellow, National Centre for Indigenous Studies
The Hon. Greg Smith - NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice (invited)
Sunday 17 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Regulating Weapons: A Step Forward for Humanity
In recent decades there has been increased regulation of many weapons under specific treaties - a positive development in the evolution of International Humanitarian Law. Yet there is still much to be done to reduce human suffering caused by certain weapons. In addition, despite the destructive power of nuclear weapons there is no comprehensive or universal ban on their use under international law. This discussion will explore the regulation and need for ratification of treaties relating, including those concerning small arms and cluster munitions.
Mr. Leonard Blazeby - ICRC Australia (Panel facilitator)
Mr. Soraj Ghulam Habib - Advocate for banning cluster munitions (invited)
Ms. Charlotte Nordstrom - Norwegian Red Cross Youth delegate
Ms. Delia Chatoor - Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross
Mr. Knut Doermann - Head of the ICRC Legal Division
Monday 18 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Innovation in Humanitarian Action
Is it enough for charities to rely on public donations and government funding? How will humanitarian action change over the course of the twenty-first century? This discussion will explore how non profits are harnessing new technologies and forging partnerships with the business and philanthropic sector to deliver sustainable programs.
Mr. Ian Burke - Executive Director of Tasmania, Australian Red Cross (Panel facilitator)
Ms. Rebecca Scott - Founding CEO, Streat
Ms. Yassmin Abdel-Magied - Founder and President, Youth without Borders
Mr. Peter Walton - Head of International Program, Australian Red Cross; Former CEO, Infoxchange
Ms. Cheryl Kernot - Centre for Social Impact UNSW (invited)