How can we break the cycle of violence against women...?

A UNIFEM Informs seminar

Tuesday 25 November 2008

Jointly-presented by UNIFEM Australia and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA

Marking White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW)

Libby Lloyd AM, former President of UNIFEM

Michael O'Connell, Commissioner for Victim's Rights

 Audio transcript available (mp3 format 24.7Mb)

Libby Lloyd, former President of UNIFEM will talk about the Rudd Government's National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, and Michael O'Connell will give his special perspective as the State Commissioner for Victim's Rights.

Libby Lloyd AM is past-president of UNIFEM Australia (the United Nations Development Fund for Women) and has been actively engaged in the White Ribbon Campaign since 2003 when UNIFEM worked to reestablish the campaign in Australia.

In May of this year Libby was appointed Chair of the first National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children by Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Housing and the Status of Women. Libby has worked in a number of community based organisations, with the Commonwealth Public Service, and with UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Indonesia, South-East Asia and Iraq.

Libby is principal of a management consultancy, working mainly in the area of cross cultural awareness, program and service review. She is also involved in a range of community support activities and is on the Board of UNIFEM Australia and the White Ribbon Foundation.

Michael O'Connell is South Australia's first Commissioner for Victims' Rights. Previously, he was that State's Victims of Crime Co-ordinator and inaugural Victim Impact Statement Co-ordinator. Prior to these appointments, he served as a police officer for over 20 years. He lectures and writes on victimology and victim assistance. For his contributions to victimology and justice administration, in 1995 he was awarded the Australian Police Medal and in 2003 he was a finalist in the SA selection for Australian of the Year."


UNIFEM Australia

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is a non-profit organisation working to help improve the living standards of women and children in developing countries and to address their concerns. It is a global organisation with programs which promote women's leadership, with the goal to give women an equal voice in the decisions that shape their future and that of their children. The aim of the UNIFEM Informs seminars is to promote the role and work undertaken by UNIFEM to the general public.

UNIFEM Informs is a UNIFEM Australia initiative. Additional information on UNIFEM Australia may be found at

White Ribbon Day (IDEVAW)

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is held each year on 25 November. If you would like to order White Ribbons, please go to White Ribbon Australia.

While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: strengthening our democracy – valuing our cultural diversity – and building our future