Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and the best seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013.
Karen Straughan is famous for being a controversial gender politics Vlogger and Men’s Rights Advocate. Because of the nature of the stances she takes, many people are keen to dismiss her without even considering her arguments long enough to refute them. If Gender Studies departments were open to diverse and provocative views across the ideological spectrum, Karen would perhaps be a celebrity academic on par with Slavoj Zizek. Like Zizek, Karen is one of the more fascinating intellectuals of the 2010s. She is fascinating, in part, because you can gain incredible insights from both agreeing and disagreeing with her.
Karen Willis OAM, Executive Officer of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia has worked against violence against women for over 30 years, commencing her role with Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia in 2002.
Karen is a fearless advocate for women’s rights, and particularly for the rights for those who have experienced sexual, domestic or family violence to receive the highest standard of professional assistance in their recovery, and full redress for the crimes through the criminal justice system.
Lucy Rhoades holds an MA, MPhil and PhD in social theory and research from London University and has strong interviewing, research and analysis skills. When living in the UK Lucy was an editor at The Directory of Social Change in London. Now living in Australia, we were able to interview Lucy who has invaluable insight into the dynamics of abusive relationships due to having first hand experience and also having in depth academic knowledge in the field of sociology.
Gunter Swoboda works with men and the issues they are dealing with. Through growing evidence that men collectively are in a state of social and psychological crisis, he began to see a growing need for men to learn to be more emotionally responsive, behaviourally flexible and therefore emotionally resilient. This interest in men’s issues has led Gunter to develop the project ‘Making Good Men Great’, a project that aims at helping men to rethink masculinity, provide a way to help men shape their lives to be aligned to thrive, and finally to become an inspiration to others.
Erica Bagshaw brings insight into resilience which is a skill we need in place to combat domestic violence. She is a respected Executive Coach and a dynamic Facilitator and a specialist in Resilience. Through her Coaching she deepens peoples capacity to perform at increasingly higher levels of effectiveness amid the pressure of the complexity and ambiguity we all face in the 21st century.
Colin James is one of Australia’s principal Corporate Trainers. Among the diverse range of themes and skill sets Colin teaches are Change Management, Leadership and Persuasion and Influence Skills, all of which we need in the work to combat domestic violence. Colin has been described by Derek Williams (President of Oracle Asia Pacific), as the “World’s best Facilitator”. His approach to his work, as to his life, is premised on the values of honesty, directness, integrity and reliability. Within this, Colin brings a profound commitment to realizing outcomes which enhance the personal as well as the professional capacities of people.
Anita Bentata – an expert and psychotherapist on abuse, stress, turning your life around, why women get caught, what is needed to get out, and how to talk to your friend / family member if they are in an abusive relationship. Anita uses the power of fairy tales – stories – to assist people to recognise their own situation in a safe way (and she has experienced DV herself).
Lisa McAdams is a Domestic Violence Strategist and Solutions Consultant. Lisa is a survivor of DV and has spent the last decade researching and understanding the complexities of this issue. Lisa’s time in corporate taught her to have a pragmatic solution-based approach to this complicated issue and now uses this knowledge of both DV and the corporate environment to bring insight on this emotional subject in a level-headed, no-nonsense way that speaks the language of business. Lisa will share what nobody else is saying about domestic violence and family abuse.
Lieutenant General David Morrison AO was named Australian of the Year for 2016. Committed to making the Army an inclusive force, he told anyone not willing to work with women and accept them as equals, “There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters.” We are grateful for David’s support in making this film possible, particularly by delivering the keynote at our fund raising dinner.
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