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Future events

Thursday 8 March: Celebrate International Women's Day (IWD)

Celebrate IWD with a choice of breakfast events - details coming soon.

Suggestions for future events

Please contact a member of the committee to suggest an event.

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Make out to 'Staff Women's Caucus' and post to our Treasurer, Rosemary McBryde ( Please ensure these reach her before the RSVP is expected.

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Past events 2017

8 March: International Women’s Day Breakfast and Staff Women's Caucus Badge Launch

An informal breakfast at The Good Earth Café was well attended and a great opportunity to catch up. It was the ideal day to launch our new Staff Women’s Caucus badge, and we were delighted to present one of the first badges to Emeritus Professor Jocelyn Harris, our first President.

7 June: Panel Discussion on the 2015 HR Equity Report

What does this workplace profile show us about gender equity at Otago?
What does this look like for academic, general and professional women?

Over 60 people attended this panel session chaired by Dr Elaine Webster. The three panel members (Professor Christina Hulbe, Associate Professor Ceri Warnock, Maureen Miller and Jeanette Wikaira) gave their perspective on the findings of the 2015 Equity Report. This was followed by an excellent discussion and question session.

23 June: Guided Tour of the "Freefall" Exhibition (Hocken Library)

Robyn Notman (Head Curator of Pictorial Collections) guided us through the Freefall exhibition which featured works from all the collections at Hocken as well as significant works of art from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Special Collections at the University of Otago Library. As curator of the exhibition, Robyn provided expert insight to each of the works - their place in the exhibition and connection to other works. This made the tour a special treat.

30 August: Annual Dinner and AGM

Our annual dinner and AGM was held on on Wednesday 30th August at Arana College.

We were delighted to have Dr Rebecca Dudley (International Humanitarian Law Advisor at New Zealand Red Cross) as our after dinner speaker. Rebecca works with legal frameworks related to ‘humanitarian emergencies’ - conflicts and disasters. She has worked in transitional justice, human rights law and peace building in Northern Ireland and also for many years in human rights advocacy on gender based harms. She had two key messages for us:

  • Hope is a decision
  • Peace is a process (not an event).

19 September: Suffrage Day

  • Suffrage Lecture (Dunedin): "After the Second Wave: Marketplace Feminism and Contemporary Popular Cinema", presented by Professor Hilary Radner
  • Networking Breakfast (UOW): A delicious breakfast was enjoyed by a mix of professional and academic staff and several ideas gathered for future local events.

27 September: “That Bloody Woman” - the Story of New Zealand’s Great Suffragette, Kate Sheppard

A wonderful night out at New Zealand’s smash hit rock musical "That Bloody Woman" at the Fortune Theatre. NZ's favourite daughter, suffragist, activist and cyclist Kate Sheppard was transformed from the face on the $10 note into a feminist firebrand raising hell and rocking out.

5 December: End of year Celebration

Nibbles, drinks and a cryptic Christmas quiz at Cumberland College to finish off the year!

We keep busy! Find out more about events we've organised for our members in previous years.

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