Kingborough International Women’s Day Event

Nunami and her mother Heather Sculthorpe have been asked to speak for the Kingborough Council International Women’s Day Event on the 8th of March 2022.

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Please join us in celebrating International Women’s Day 2022, with special guest speakers Heather Sculthorpe and Nunami Sculthorpe-Green. This event will be held on Tuesday 8 March at the Kingborough Community Hub Auditorium from 6.45pm – 8.45pm. Included will be an introduction from council and refreshments by palawa kipli .

Nunami will be presenting us with an introduction about herself and the inspirational Tasmanian Aboriginal women in her family. Followed by a talk from Heather where she will speak to her own story, and address the theme of International Women’s Day this year which is #breakthebias “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.

Heather Sculthorpe moved from her early farm life at Nichols Rivulet through Cygnet Area and Huonville High schools, to Hobart Matriculation College and onto achieving 3 qualifications from the University of Tasmania; first a Bachelor of Arts, then a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, and later a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

She dropped out of a teacher traineeship to become part of the early volunteer staff in 1972 at what became the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. With the organisation firmly established and under the mentorship of State Secretary, the late Rosalind Langford, and the organisation’s legal aid lawyer, later Justice Pierre Slicer.

Heather returned to University to obtain a law degree and practised briefly as a legal aid lawyer being admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. She then moved into legal research and policy in Canberra first with the National Aboriginal Conference and after Bob Hawke abolished that organisation, with the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Parliamentary Library before joining the Department of Justice in Hobart in legal policy and legislation review.

She rejoined the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in the late 1980s and has been there ever since. She is now the long-term CEO of that large Aboriginal community-controlled organisation whose work ranges from child care, family support and child protection, primary health services, language retrieval, cultural awareness training, tourism, land management, and advocacy for Treaty and other Aboriginal rights.

palawa kipli will be providing delicious, sustainable, Aboriginal-inspired food for this event.

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