Launch of Women Exiting Prison, Critical Essays on Gender, Post-release Support and Survival, edited by Bree Carlton and Marie Segrave, Wed 7/8 5:30pm

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Date(s) - 7 Aug 2013
8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New Council Chambers, Trades Hall Council

You are invited to a special public event.

The Monash School of Political and Social Inquiry in conjunction with Flat Out and the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People will host a unique public speaking event and interactive panel featuring Kim Pate (Executive Director Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies), Debbie Kilroy (CEO Sisters Inside) and Amanda George. These speakers have decades of dedicated engagement in anti-prison work and advocating on behalf of marginalised, criminalised and institutionalised women and girls. As part of this exciting event Dr Kim Pate will speak to the context of her work as an advocate, abolitionist and teacher in Canada and also address the key challenges Canadian abolitionists face in working for change. In light of the shift toward prison expansion in Victoria and other Australian and international jurisdictions, the panellists will speak candidly about their involvement in campaign and advocacy work. The aim is to create a space for discussing how these experiences might inform those of us engaged in systemic advocacy and social activism projects and to navigate contemporary barriers and challenges to transformative change. See Monash Media Release: “Better Support Needed for Criminalised Women”

The event will conclude with the launch of Women Exiting Prison, Critical Essays on Gender, Post-release Support and Survival, edited by Bree Carlton and Marie Segrave.

When: Wednesday 7th August 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. Food and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available. Alcoholic drinks available from the Trades Hall bar at bar prices.

Where: New Council Chambers, Trades Hall Council 54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053

Please RSVP by 2/8/13 to

Entry: $10 waged/$2 unwaged/free for people who have been in prison

All proceeds from this event will fund Flat Out and CHRIPs systemic advocacy and support of criminalised women

Dr Kim Pate (Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies) is a lawyer and teacher by training and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ottawa. Kim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which work with, and on behalf of, marginalised, victimised, criminalised and institutionalised women and girls throughout Canada. Kim has also worked with youth and men during her 30 years of working in and around the legal and penal systems.

Debbie Kilroy, OAM LLB, BSocWk, GDFMenH, GDLPrac and former prisoner, is the CEO of Sisters Inside which is an independent community organization which advocates for the human rights of criminalized women. Debbie is a strong, active advocate for the implementation and monitoring of human rights within women’s prisons and against discriminatory practices. Debbie has participated in several international meetings including the expert meeting in developing the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (Bangkok Rules), and the Commission of Status of Women Sessions annually. She is the first person convicted of serious criminal offences admitted to practice law and Debbie’s expertise is in criminal defence law.

Amanda George is on the management collective of Flat Out and was one of its founders. She has been a prison activist and community lawyer since the 1980s and has written on prison issues focusing on women, home detention, privatization and the politics of incarceration. Most recently she taught at Deakin University and is about to become a research fellow at Monash University. Amanda takes great heart and new insights from the creativity, methods and enthusiasm of the new round of prison abolitionists.

We hope to see you there!