Festival Program

City Program

Bringing an End to Family Violence

Sat 11 Sep, 3pm
Athenaeum Theatre

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Some five years after the royal commission into family violence, pandemic lockdowns have fueled a spike in family violence cases, prompting renewed urgency to end an ongoing scourge in Australian homes. A panel of experts from across politics, journalism and activism discuss how policymakers, the law and the media can work together to produce real change. Hear from lawyer and advocate for women’s safety and author of The Mother Wound Amani Haydar, acclaimed author of See What You Made Me Do Jess Hill, newly announced senate candidate for the Victorian Greens Celeste Liddle, and federal Shadow Minister for Women Tanya Plibersek, in conversation with Sophie Black.


1 hour


Event artists

Sophie Black is a journalist, writer and editor, and Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre. Previously, she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and before that, editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.

Amani Haydar is an award-winning artist, lawyer, writer and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. A former Archibald Prize finalist, Amani’s writing and illustrations have been featured in several publications. Her memoir The Mother Wound was published in June by Pan Macmillan.

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist and author. Her book See What You Made Me Do won the 2020 Stella Prize, and has been adapted into a three-part series for SBS, as well as an audio documentary series called The Trap, in partnership with the Victorian Women's Trust.

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman who was born in Canberra and now lives in Melbourne. She is a trade unionist, activist, feminist, social commentator and opinion writer. In May 2021, she was announced as the pre-selected Greens candidate for the seat of Cooper in the upcoming federal election.

Tanya Plibersek is the Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Women, and the Federal Member for Sydney. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.

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