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International Women’s Day Forum #EachForEqual

Be part of City of Ryde’s International Women’s Day #EachforEqual Forum.

Connect with women to tackle climate change and affordable and safe living, learn about real-life strategies and opportunities, and be part of the conversation. 

Enjoy live performances and hear stories, and come together to celebrate the achievements of women in Ryde.

Join us for a complimentary lunch hosted by women’s social enterprise group, Kabul to You.

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

You can also nominate a woman who is making a difference in our local community. The nomination will be included as part of the event. Nominations close on Wednesday, 4 March 2020.

The International Women’s Day #EachForEqual Forum is supported by the City of Ryde’s Status of Women’s Advisory Committee.

Guest Speakers 

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Jane Caro

Jane Caro AM, is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator.

She has published twelve books, and has created and edited ‘Unbreakable’ which featured stories women writers had never told before and was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Jane's latest book “Accidental Feminists” is about the life story of women over 50.

She appears frequently on The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise. She has created and presented 5 documentary series for ABC Compass. She and Catherine Fox present a popular podcast with Podcast One, Austereo ‘Women With Clout’. She writes regular columns in ‘Sunday Life’ and ‘Leadership Matters’ and her opinion pieces appear regularly in The Saturday Paper, Fairfax, The Big Smoke, Women’s Agenda, ABC Online, SBS Online and TenDaily.


Chief Executive Officer, Foodbank Australia

Brianna is the CEO of Foodbank Australia, the country’s largest hunger relief organisation. Brianna joined Foodbank in July 2016, following her successful term as CEO of Australian Childcare Alliance NSW. Prior to that, she spent 14 years in agri-politics, both in NSW (as Policy Director) and Queensland (as CEO). Brianna has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Councils throughout her career, is an active volunteer in her community and recently received a Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award.


CEO, Women's Community Shelters

As CEO of Women’s Community Shelters, Annabelle Daniel has worked with local communities around NSW to establish and open five shelters in as many years at Hornsby, Forster, Castle Hill, Penrith and Bayside.  She has collaborated with a range of organisations, individuals and stakeholders, from the community and all levels of government to achieve change in the field of homelessness for women and children. Annabelle has been a leader in the social sector for 20 years, working in private enterprise, the Australian government and the community sector. 

Margaret Maljkovic

COO, Link Housing 

With a career in social housing spanning over 20 years, Margaret is currently the Chief Operating Officer with Link Housing, one of the largest metropolitan community housing providers in Sydney. Prior to joining Link Housing, Margaret held a series of executive management roles in Housing NSW and then Family and Community Services, including Housing Director in various Sydney regions, General Manager for Greater Western Sydney and Director, Service Improvement Central Sydney. Margaret has led major initiatives in community and estate regeneration in some of Sydney’s most disadvantaged and difficult housing estates. Margaret’s earlier work experiences in the fields of homelessness, domestic violence and drug and alcohol support services have led her to understand the profound importance of stable and affordable housing. This, she believes is both a fundamental human right and a foundation on which people can rebuild their lives and reach out to opportunities.

Zara Crichton

Executive Director, Venture Café Sydney

As Executive Director of Venture Café Sydney, Zara is focused on connecting meaningful ideas to people who can make things happen. As a start-up founder – both failed and successful – she knows that providing a support system for innovators of all backgrounds and identities will foster relationships that increase an individual’s access to resources encompassing; capital, talent and ideas. Zara joins forces with world-class businesses and institutions to improve open collaboration and broaden participation in the innovation ecosystem. Her professional experience encompasses leading companies such as; Connect Macquarie Park, Macquarie Bank, Consolidated Press Holdings, Warner Bros and Pixar. 

There will also be a representative from the Student Climate Strikers.  


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Gambirra is a Yolgnu woman and is a freelance artist, musician, vocal coach, mentor and cultural arts educator.



 View some of Gambirra's performances on Youtube:

Rebecca Sang Yum
Rebecca Sang Yum

Rebecca Sang Yum is a 21-year-old daughter of Samoa. She loves to read, write and perform spoken word poetry and has facilitated Spoken Word Poetry workshops in Samoa, Sydney and Auckland. Her mission is to raise awareness of the importance in being an adolescent speaking out. People can use our creative licenses to drive positive change, in themselves and within their communities. Rebecca's influences are her people, past and present. They have shown her how to navigate her way through unfamiliar spaces and share her truth through storytelling.


Find out more about Rebecca's poetry:

Date & Time

Saturday 07 March 2020 / 10.00AM - 1.30PM


Jonathan Nanlohy
Phone: 9952 8222


Free. Bookings essential

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Ryde Civic Hall

1 Devlin Street, Ryde 2112

Last updated on 3 March 2020