Elizabeth Broderick AO inspired a full house at Customs House Sydney on 1st May for the 5th Annual Maybanke Lecture.
Her presentation, “Self-care sits at the heart of women’s suffrage”, was a poignant reminder for women’s rights advocates at the forefront of human rights struggles, they themselves are facing increasingly authoritarian and unsafe environments. From war torn countries to our own doorstep, human rights defenders confront oppressive, discriminatory structures and violations which subject them to increasing reputational damage, threats and attacks, all of which leave both physical and mental scars.
Today, Elizabeth argued, being well both physically and mentally is itself an act of defiance.
The Lecture emphasised the importance of self-care, and issued a call for all involved in the struggle for gender equality to make it a priority. The women’s movement will only be as strong as the individuals who comprise the greater collective.
Find out how the research is demonstrating a greater need for collective care for our advocates and Elizabeth’s own personal reflections on achieving self-care.
About Elizabeth Broderick AO
Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality. READ MORE
About The Maybanke Fund
The Maybanke Fund honours the work of Maybanke Anderson, writer, leader, feminist, early childhood education pioneer and promoter of the rights of women and children in Australia.
The Maybanke Fund connects its community of donors with organisations working to reduce social inequality through education, women’s advocacy and social reform – causes that continue to be as important in the 21st century as they were for Maybanke in 1893.
You can make a difference by donating to The Maybanke Fund. Your donation today helps build the Fund for tomorrow and also provides the Maybanke Anderson Award in Indigenous Early Childhood Education, at Macquarie University .
The Maybanke Fund is a fund within Sydney Community Foundation (SCF) . Make your donation to the SCF Maybanke Fund, and help keep Maybanke’s legacy alive.