Festival Program

Highlight Event

Helen Clark: Women, Equality, Power

Sun 8 Sep, 4pm
RMIT Storey Hall

The selected speeches of inspirational leader Helen Clark, who continues to work for change, provide a call to action for other female leaders in positions of political, economic or social power. Drawing on a career spanning four decades – as the prime minister of New Zealand from 1999–2008, then a leading voice at the UN – she talks to State Library Victoria CEO Kate Torney in this rallying cry for the empowerment of women.

Presented in partnership with The Australia Institute


1 hour

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Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999-2008, and was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009-2017). Clark continues to champion sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women's leadership, peace and justice, and advocates for action on non-communicable diseases and HIV.

Kate Torney is CEO of State Library Victoria. She joined the Library during an exciting period of transformation, overseeing an $88.1 million redevelopment project due for completion in 2019. Kate spent 25 years in journalism before joining the State Library. From 2009–2015 she was Director of News at the ABC.

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