WHEN: 27-28 July 2018
WHERE: RMIT University, Melbourne
JULIE BINDEL (UK)
Julie Bindel is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher. Julie has authored over 30 book chapters and reports on a range of topics relating violence and abuse of women and girls.
MELINDA TANKARD REIST (Collective Shout)
Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls, known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.
DR RACHEL CARLING-JENKINS (Victorian MP)
Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins is a member in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament for the Western Metropolitan Region. Prior to parliament, Rachel worked in the welfare sector for around 20 years and holds a PhD in social sciences, where she studied social movements supporting people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians and women in Australia. As the State Parliamentary Leader for the Australian Conservatives Party, Rachel is passionate about seeing cultural change in the way women and children are valued in society.
PAUL NINNES (Real Talk Australia)
Paul Ninnes is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Real Talk International, an organisation focused on living with sexual integrity. Paul will be speaking at ASASE on 'Pornography and young people: Can we make a difference?'.
SARAH M MAH (Asian Women for Equality, Canada)
Sarah is a member of the Asian Women for Equality Society, a feminist organization that is working to abolish prostitution as a form of male violence against women. They challenge the promotion and imposition of prostitution on Asian women at home in Canada and in their countries of origin throughout Asia. Sarah has been involved in feminist activism since 2009, and is currently a PhD candidate in the sciences at McGill University.
SABRINNA VALISCE (Activist)
Sabrinna is an activist fighting for the rights of people in prostitution and pornography, and against the global sex trade. Her perspective is that of a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation and a former volunteer of the NZ Prostitutes Collective which fought for, and won, full decriminalisation. Sabrinna experienced the fallout of the legal changes first hand and now works as a public speaker, writer and advocate for the Nordic Model of Decriminalisation.
SIMONE WATSON (Nordic Model Australia Coalition)
Simone Watson is a is a survivor of the legal and illegal sex trade in Australia. She is director of Nordic Model Australia Coalition and a former human rights delegate for Amnesty International Western Australia. She is a speaker and activist against prostitution, a contributor to Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade (edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Caroline Norma, Spinifex Press, 2016), and has been published in various media.
MARIJKE RANCIE (Political Posting Mumma)
Marijke is a mother concerned with the Safe Schools Coalition program that is currently compulsory in Victorian State Schools. Thousands of concerned parents have followed her facebook group 'Political Posting Mumma' as she fights back against sexualised and gender fluid teaching in schools.
CAITLIN ROPER (Activist)
Caitlin is an activist, writer and mother of three. She has spent eight years campaigning against the sexual exploitation of women and girls with grassroots organisation Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation. She is Chair of Adopt Nordic WA, a Reclaim The Night Perth committee member and a Huffington Post blogger. Caitlin contributed a commentary chapter to ‘Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade’.
There is plenty of accommodation surrounding the RMIT conference venue on Swanston Street. These hotels have generously offered discounted rates for ASASE attendees. Information on how to book is available in the .pdf file for each hotel.
Brady Hotel Central Melbourne
Fraser Place Melbourne
Mantra on the Park