Fab Fems in their Field

Published on 14 November 2019

Three women who have obliterated expectations in their chosen fields will speak about their experiences in traditionally male-dominated industries at the Fab Fems in their Field panel discussion at Melton Library on Sunday 24 November.

Former Australian boxing champion and published author Mischa Merz will talk about how she broke down barriers to win the Master’s Division of the 2009 National Women’s Golden Gloves.

She’ll be joined by film producer and Melbourne University lecturer Donna Hensler who has just opened a second exercise-based workshop for women who are survivors of child abuse, a program which is run from Mischa’s gym.

Former police officer Carolyn Pethick will also share her experiences in dealing with workplace discrimination over three decades, and her current work advocating for both men and women tackling similar issues.

Held as part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the panel discussion will explore discrimination against women.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Respect Women: Call It Out’, and is supported by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli said the panel discussion would provide support and help change behaviour towards women in the workplace and at home.

“By leading the conversation around violence and discrimination against women we also change the culture that allows it to happen in the first place,” Cr Carli said.

“Creating conversations about these issues may be confronting at times, but they are essential in identifying and eliminating the drivers of violence and discrimination against women in our community.”

Details:

Where: Melton Library and Learning Hub
When: Sunday 24 November, 2pm – 3pm