• 12 March 2021, 3:00pm to 12 March 2021, 6:00pm
VU Whitten Oval
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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 with a special 'Human Library' event. Meet and talk with inspiring local heroes in a small-group format.

Speakers include AFLW players, community activists and artists, a government minister, a leading COVID researcher and more!

You will be welcomed to the event by a Wurundjeri elder and the Minister for Workplace Safety, Ingrid Stitt.

Refreshments will be served after the Human Library and you are invited to try your hand at some fun footy skills games, and receive prizes and giveaways.

Victoria University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Corinne Reid, will provide closing remarks. 

All genders are welcome at this free community event.

Choose which 'Human Library' speaker to meet!

You will have the chance to sit down with three of our Human Library guests.

Please read the short bios of each participant below and select up to five names in your registration. We will confirm who you will be meeting when you check in at the event.  

Rahima is known as the initiator of the Wyndham Bright Young Leaders, which develops the leadership skills of children aged 7-12.

She graduated from VU in Health Administration and is active in Melbourne’s Oromo community.

Vasso is a world-renowned biomedical researcher who pioneered the concept of immunotherapy for cancer in the early 1990s.

She is a senior researcher at Victoria University, leading a team that is using knowledge of the human immune system to develop vaccines to fight COVID-19.

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQA+ rights activist, writer, and educator.

They work for a large health and wellbeing service in Melbourne. Jax is interested in how we can how we can build resilience, pride and community for people with disabilities and create a society which is accessible and inclusive of everyone. 

Gemma has worked with Victoria Legal Aid, WESTJustice and the Flemington/Kensington Community Legal Centre and appears regularly for clients in matters of public, administrative and human rights law at all Victorian Courts and Tribunals.



Cr Carter has served twice as Mayor, most recently in 2020 and in 2011.

She has been a passionate advocate for the NeXT project and Festival City, initiatives that foster a thriving community in Footscray. 

Nat is a Senior Graphic Designer who has worked at the Western Bulldogs since 2015, leading the creative for all AFL Women’s content and developing whole of club design solutions for every facet of the business.

She is a passionate sportswoman and advocate for diversity and social inclusion, and strongly believes in the power of visual representation in sport. Some of her latest projects include the AFLW Pride Guernsey and ‘Fierce Women’ campaign.

Iris is a white settler and trans woman living in the west of so-called Melbourne.

She’s involved in producing feminist and queer radio on 3CR community radio

Monica is a dynamic community activist who works with multicultural communities, particularly in the support of family violence survivors.

She formed Women of Wyndham (WOW) with a vision of Enlightening, Engaging and Empowering Women in her community.

Ingrid is the elected Member for Western Metropolitan Region and the Minister for Workplace Safety and Early Childhood in the Victoria Government.

Before entering Parliament in November 2018, she was the Secretary of the Australian Services Union, which represents administrative, local government, airline and community services workers.

Ranka is passionate about women’s advancement and wants to amplify all women’s voices and build their confidence to be involved. Prior to being elected to council, she built a hair salon business and became an advocate for community safety in Taylors Lakes. She also wants to see action at all levels of government to address the global climate emergency.

COVID-Safe information

Please note that you must follow the following COVID-safe precautions at this event:

  • If you are unwell on the day of the event, you must not attend.
  • You will be required to check in on arrival, to assist with contact tracing.
  • Facemasks must be worn indoors, and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.
  • You must keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and others at all times.
  • Please cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and wash or sanitise your hands frequently.

It is possible that this event will not be able to proceed as an in-person event if COVID restrictions change in Melbourne.

If so, the event will take place online, and you will automatically receive a Zoom link the day before.

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