A celebration of women’s suffrage in SA – by, featuring and for young women!

Join us for ‘Hard Won But Not Done’, a celebration of 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia. This will be an evening of thought-provoking discussion, reflecting on our wins, and what work is still to be done to achieve women’s political and social empowerment.

And most importantly? This event is by young women, featuring young women, for young women!

Our exciting speaker panel

We’ve lined up a panel of inspiring young women trailblazers including:

Luci Blackborough

Luci Blackborough

At age 18, Luci Blackborough was elected to Campbelltown City Council as South Australia’s youngest councillor during the 2018 elections. Luci is passionate about her community and determined to see a more diverse representation of age, gender and ethnicity in leadership roles across all levels of Government. In her day-to-day life, she studies Marketing and Communications at UniSA while currently completing placement as a marketing intern.

Luci credits her 2-year school-based traineeship with the City of Unley for sparking her interest in Local Government and encouraging her to pursue her interest in community service. With her adult life and career ahead of her, she is eager to see where the future leads, and how she can further contribute to creating a more just, equal and progressive society.

Manal Younus

Manal Younus

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism.

Manal has performed slam poetry around Australia and internationally including at the Sydney Opera House and in the 2013 national championships and while she no longer competes Manal travels around the country to perform and facilitate workshops and conferences with young people.

Kelly Vincent

Kelly Vincent

Between 2010 and 2018, Kelly was a Member of the Legislative Council for the Dignity Party, making lasting changes for disadvantaged South Australians. Some of their achievements include reforming the justice system for vulnerable victims of crime, establishing a treatment centre of excellence for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, improving access to public transport, and removing barriers in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Kelly has worked in the Education Department supporting neurodiverse students and they now work as Access and Inclusion Coordinator for the 2020 Adelaide Fringe. They are studying Psychology and Sociology and they like cats. One in particular named Daisy.

Event details

Join us in the iconic surrounds of Ayers House as we celebrate our past and present and envision our future.

Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Location: The Conservatory at Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Accessibility Information

This is, of course, an accessible event! The event will be Auslan-interpreted and the venue is accessible. For full accessibility details, please visit our website.

Have a question?

Contact us on [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer any questions!

Please note that the YWCA Australia Annual General Meeting will be held immediately prior to this event from 5.30pm – 6.30pm. If you would like to join us for the AGM but aren’t currently a YWCA Australia member – good news, membership is free!

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