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Global Rights for Women Forum: "Looking In Looking Out" - locally connected; globally informed...

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Event description

Bringing people together to explore local and global ideas in ending violence against women. 

WorkUP Queensland is offering a 2-day forum to engage in critical dialogue around current issues impacting the sexual violence, domestic and family violence and women’s health and wellbeing sector in Queensland. The intent is to hear from international practitioners and leaders about their learning and experience on the global stage whilst strengthening what’s happening within the local, state and system context.   

Global Rights for Women return to Queensland having partnered in 2018 with QDVSN highlighting next steps in Australia’s Integrated Responses to Domestic and Family Violence. Five years on we explore what has changed and together examine the big questions confronting the DFV sector. 

Global Rights for Women prioritises the lived experience of victim survivors of gender-based violence to inform law, policy and systems reform. If you would like to know more visit: 

This is an exciting opportunity to all come together for inspiration, conversation and debate about current and emerging themes with the intention of enhancing practice. 

More information to be released soon and contact if you would like to know more. 

Event Details

Dates and time: Wednesday 29 March 2023 (9:00am - 5:00pm AEST) and Thursday 30 March 2023 (9:00am - 4:30pm AEST)
 Waterford room, Fitzys Loganholme, Bryants Rd &, Pacific Hwy, Loganholme QLD 4129

Please note this is a two day event. Participants should attend both days.

Networking Event: 

We invite participants to join us on the 29 March from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for some nibbles and a drink whilst connecting with your peers, presenters and panellists.

Learning Objectives

The expected outcomes for participants who engage in the 2-day forum are to:  

  • Be inspired and challenged by what’s happening on the world stage.  
  • Inspire and challenge others by sharing what’s happening in their own context.  
  • Connect, value and learn through engagement in panel discussions, workshops, creative conversations and networking opportunities  
  • Take away inspiration, learning and new ideas for preventing, responding and ending violence against women. 

      Who should attend

      Sexual violence, women’s health and wellbeing and domestic and family violence service staff,  and others who work directly towards ending violence against women.

      About the facilitators

      Melissa (Petrangelo) Scaia, MPA  
      * Domestic Violence Trainer & Consultant  
      * Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women  

      Former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.” Prior to working in Duluth she was the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) for 17 years, a local domestic violence advocacy program. She has also led and organized two Coordinated Community Responses (CCR) to address domestic violence in Minnesota, as well as co-facilitating groups for men who batter and women who use violence.  

      Lori Flohaug  
      *Former Prosecutor, Public Defender, Civil & Family Law Lawyer and Judge for the Leech Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota  

      Ms. Flohaug has worked as a domestic violence advocate, a Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Aid attorney, state prosecutor, tribal defense attorney, state public defender and has recently been appointed to the Leech Lake Tribal Court bench to preside over Child Protection cases for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa Indian Reservation. Ms. Flohaug is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.  

      Kay Arola   

      Executive Director of Arrowhead Regional Corrections Minnesota. Arrowhead Regional Corrections (ARC) provides corrections services within the five county Arrowhead region of Minnesota, as well as managing an Adult and Juvenile corrections facility. Kay is a native of Chisholm, MN and a graduate of the College of St Scholastica. She began her career at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center as a Corrections counselor, became a probation officer, was promoted to a supervisory position and served as the Chief Probation Officer prior to being appointed to the Executive Director position. Kay has extensive experience in all aspects of corrections. She has provided trainings on many topics including correctional Evidence Based Practices and Domestic Violence interventions  

      Need travel support?

      If you work in an eligible target group domestic and family violence, sexual assault and women's health and wellbeing service in a rural or remote area you are eligible for travel support (flights and accommodation). To download the travel subsidy application form visit:

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