First Nations Women in Governance

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

12:00pm to 1:00pm

51 Lawson Crescent, Acton
Australian Capital Territory

Michelle Deshong, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, will present a lunchtime talk focusing on her recent Fulbright Scholarship.

Michelle has held a number of significant positions and roles including Executive Director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (from 2001 to 2010) for which she won the ACT Aboriginal Person of the Year in 2001; Director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and Fair Agenda; Australian NGO representative, representing Indigenous women, at the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) negotiations; and the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She has received a University Medal and Dean's list award from James Cook University, she was awarded the Runner Up in the 2012 Queensland Rural Women of the Year and in 2013 Michelle was named in the Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous women and human rights with a background in gender work and research that ensure the voices of Indigenous women are represented at all levels.

Michelle will shortly submit her PhD, which focuses on enabling the participation of Aboriginal Women in public and political life in Australia, and has just returned from a Fulbright study which enabled her to work collaboratively with the Udall Center and Native Title Institute in Arizona to undertake a comparative analysis on First Nations women in governance roles. This will be the focus of her lunchtime talk.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by 7 June 2016 to Jennifer Andrew:
Ph 02 6281 0680

Michelle Deshong
Michelle Deshong, 2015 Fulbright Professional
Last reviewed: 7 Apr 2017