Toward Transformation: The Rise of the Girl

A One Just World Forum at the University of Sydney

The 11th of October marks the second ever International Day of the Girl Child. This year, we are honoring this important day with a special One Just World event celebrating the forthcoming launch of Girl Rising - a powerful and innovative feature film by Academy Award-nominated director, Richard E. Robbins.

This day provides an opportunity to highlight the real stories of girls who have been faced with extreme challenges as a result of having been born into poverty or societies which don’t always recognise girls as having equal rights to boys.

Around the world, an untold number of girls are sold into bonded labour, often suffering extreme abuse and maltreatment. Others are forced into early marriage against their will, shattering any chance of realising their hopes and dreams. Then there are the millions of girls who are subjected to other forms of violence, exploitation and abuse.

This is the fate of an unfathomable number of girls around the world. So what is the answer?

Evidence suggests that education is the key to empowering and transforming the lives of girls, which in turn has an enormous impact on their communities and by extension, the world.
So how does this work - how does educating girls have an effect on reducing the likelihood of exploitation and abuse? What role can men play in helping to break these patterns? And how can all of this make a contribution to alleviating poverty?

Join us for another interactive and informative One Just World Forum which will include a screening of one chapter of the film Girl Rising followed a panel discussion with a range of practitioners from the field.


Rose Amazan

Rose Amazan, is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Her research and teaching is in the area of international and developmental education. She has conducted research on the Ethiopian skilled diaspora with a strong focus on skilled female diasporas. Her research experience spreads across themes of education and belonging, skilled-migration, diaspora mobility, knowledge transfer, female skilled migration/mobility and knowledge. Rose's commitment to community development and grassroots organizing, as well as her work in Ethiopia, continue to inform and motivate her research.

Kate Burleigh

Kate Burleigh is Managing Director for Intel Australia/ New Zealand. Kate is responsible for Intel’s overall business within Australia and New Zealand and is committed to ensuring Intel adds value to its customers in the enterprise, government, small and medium business, and consumer markets. Intel is a partner of the Girl Rising program.

Kate is passionate about the growing trend of the consumerisation of IT and its impact on the entire computing ecosystem – from big data to cloud computing, and the innovation of personal devices and services. Prior to her appointment as Managing Director, Kate spent six years as National Marketing Manager and more recently managed Intel’s Channel Sales Organisation which serves 4,000 local PC system builders and integrators. From 2000 – 2003 Kate held the role of Asia Pacific launch manager for Intel Centrino┬« mobile technology, where she oversaw the roll-out of what is regarded as one of Intel’s most successful products to more than 15 countries across the region. Kate holds a Masters of Business and Marketing from UTS and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sydney University.

Norman Gillespie

Norman Gillespie is Chief Executive of UNICEF Australia and a vocal advocate for child rights. Providing a voice for the underrepresented, Dr Gillespie has spoken out for child rights both domestically and internationally, and has seen UNICEF’s work on the frontline in Kenya, Pakistan, China, Laos and Zimbabwe.

He brings experience from the commercial, arts and philanthropic sectors, having held major roles as CEO of the Sydney Opera House for five years and CFO and Deputy CEO of Optus. He has also been involved in several Not for Profit agencies including Deputy Chairman of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Board Director for the Australian Business Arts Foundation, and Board Director of the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau. Dr Gillespie currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee for The Global Mail, and as Board Director of Pinchgut Opera.

He is passionate about education as the most effective and sustainable investment to break the cycle of poverty which causes such inequity in developing countries. Dr Gillespie is a frequent media commentator on child rights and international aid. In May 2013 Dr Gillespie was appointed to UNICEF's worldwide Executive Standing Group of National Committees.

Justin Reeves

Justin Reeves is a Director of Partnerships 10x10 and Girl Rising. Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls' education, founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Prior to joining the Girl Rising team in 2010, Justin spent six years working in South America as an anthropologist, teacher and with non-profit organizations benefitting girls and women. He has a Master's degree in journalism and a attended a post-graduate program in documentary screenplay writing in Santiago, Chile at La Universidad Católica de Chile. While in Chile, Justin focused his non-profit work on women and children living with HIV/AIDS and his production work on women marginalized by mental illness.

Justin's role at Girl Rising focuses on creating meaningful partnerships with a diverse set of global non-profit organizations and corporations who are proven leaders in educating and empowering girls. Through these partnerships, Girl Rising creates a groundswell of global support and is able to create an impact framework, ensuring that its goals of changing minds, lives and policy for girls around the world are realized.

Jess Scully

Jess Scully, (panel moderator), is a curator and festival director exploring the crucial role the arts and creative industries will play in building a more inclusive and sustainable future. In 2014 Jess will return for a sixth year as the festival director of Vivid Ideas, the creative and cultural pillar of Vivid Sydney. In 2012, The Guardian named Vivid Sydney as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world: through Vivid Ideas, Jess brings together practitioners and thinkers from across the creative world to share visions for an imagination-powered economy.

This One Just World Forum is supported by Unicef


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Sydney Ideas is delighted to be hosting another series of One Just World Forums at the University of Sydney in 2013.

One Just World is a national series of free, after-work speakers’ forums designed to involve the community in conversation and debate on key international development issues facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Past topics covered reflect the diversity of issues in this area: whether climate change, gender equality, international development, food and nutrition, human rights, or disability and development. All forums feature panel of experts that may include academics, economists, scientists, policy makers, and community workers. And you, the audience, will have an opportunity to put your questions to them.

One Just World a partnership between World Vision Australia, AusAID and a University in each state.

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