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 ABC’s Lisa Millar in this rallying cry for the empowerment of women.

Presented in partnership with The Australia Institute

Update to previously advertised information: Kate Torney no longer appears in this event.


1 hour


Session Artists

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.

Lisa Millar is the host of ABC’s News Breakfast and guest presenter of Back Roads. She is one of the ABC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, enjoying stints as North America Bureau Chief from 2009–2015, and then Europe Bureau Chief from 2015–2018. She has reported extensively on the UN and international relations, covering some of the biggest global stories from the past decade.

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