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International Women's Day Celebration: Panel Discussion


Wed 8 Mar 2017, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tilley

Join us as we mark International Women's Day with a panel discussion celebrating the successes of women in our community.

The event will be facilitated by Upper Hutt City Councillor Hellen Swales. Hellen is passionate about rights for women and girls. She is a Vice President of Business and Professional Women New Zealand and a Member of BPW International task force to the United Nations.

Panellists include:
Susanne Ruthven, Green Party Candidate for Hutt South:
Mother of four young children, Susanne Ruthven is a former human rights barrister now working as a constitutional lawyer helping to safeguard our democracy.

Brooke Ruthven, 9-year-old daughter of Susanne Ruthven:
At 9-years-old, Brooke is a primary student at Normandale School and has a deep interest in the world around her. She will share her experiences of what it’s like to be the daughter of working mother.

Ginny Andersen, Labour Party Candidate for Hutt South:
Another mother of four, Ginny has worked for the Police, the justice sector and Parliament for fifteen years. She has delivered action plans that focus on reducing the harm associated with gangs, organised crime and methamphetamine.

Susan Bailey, Co-President of New Zealand Playcentre Federation:
After climbing the corporate ladder in Banking and Finance, Susan started a new journey in 2001, with her two children at Naenae Playcentre. Susan is Co-President of the NZ Playcentre Federation, and now has a BA in Social Policy & Education and a Master of Education (with Merit).

Alana Bowman, Trustee for The Roundtable on Violence Against Women:
Alana is also a committee member of Waterfront Watch and Save the Basin Reserve. Alana’s activism in the feminist movement began in the 1970s. The former head of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit, she was appointed to the US National Council on Violence Against Women.

Elaine White, Accounting Practice:
As Elaine is almost ready to retire from her accountancy practice, she is pleased to be able to share her experiences as a young working mother during the 1970s. She was born locally and has lived in the Hutt Valley for most of her life and for all her working career.

Keynote Speaker: James Shaw, Co-Leader of the Green Party:
James was appointed Green Party Co-leader on May 30, 2015, after being elected to Parliament as a list MP in 2014. Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010.