Learning & events

Resolution Institute's special event | Online | International Women's Day

with The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone, Ana Lenard and Amber Williams

Monday 8 March 2020 | 12 - 1.30pm AEDT | 2 - 3.30pm NZDT | Online

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of women who changed history, and those who will advance gender equality into the future. International Women’s Day is an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise for meaningful change.

Join us for an International Women’s Day lunch hour discussion featuring guest speakers with unique experience in negotiating and deflecting conflict in their day to day interaction with women and advocating for their rights.

Please note: Online photos may be taken during the event for use of Resolution Institute. If you wish not to be photographed, please write to groups@resolution.institute.

Registration fees will be donated to relevant organisations.


About the presenters

The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone

Professor Stone has made it a career and life long goal to find new ways to advance the rights of vulnerable, disempowered minorities, in particular women and girls. In her twenty years as a Federal MP representing one of the poorest regional electorates, she focused on equity issues, sexism, women’s rights and choices. Her international commitments included her serving a three year term until 2020 as Australia’s Global Ambassador for women and girls. She was an advisor to the IPPF, a global federation providing sexual health and rights services and advocacy, and is now an advisor to SPHERE, a Centre for Research Excellence focussing on Australian women’s reproductive health access and choices. Dr Stone currently works as a Professor of Practice in Gender Peace and Security at Monash University. Her publications include a seminal work on Australian race relations and government policy, community development in regional settings, environmental degradation and its impacts on community.

Ana Lenard

Ana is a barrister and law lecturer at the University of Auckland Law School where she has taught dispute resolution and legal ethics. Ana founded the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine, which is an academic journal that publishes work about gender justice in the law and advocates for progressive law reform. Through her work at the Journal she became one of the leading voices of the Me Too movement in the legal profession in Aotearoa New Zealand. Currently, she is taking her LLM at Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar and Ethel Benjamin Scholar, where she researches access to justice, alternative and indigenous dispute resolution, critical legal theories and legal education.

Amber Williams

Amber is an experienced executive with a diverse background in both the private and public sectors across a number of industries. Amber was appointed as CEO of Resolution Institute in November 2019. Prior to her appointment she was the Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales Law Enforcement Conduct Commission having led the development and implementation of that Agency. Prior to that Amber was Chief Human Resources Officer for the New South Wales Department of Justice. Where her responsibilities included the operational delivery of significant business projects, government reforms and workplace changes across the Justice Cluster of Agencies and providing high level advice and support to the Department Secretary and Ministers.

Before joining the NSW Government, Amber held a number of roles in the private sector across the health and fast-moving consumer goods sectors.

Amber holds a Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Macquarie University. She is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amber’s role as CEO is to work with the Board in setting and delivering the strategic direction of Resolution Institute to ensure the future success of the organisation, and to work in the interests of members to grow services and expand the profile of Resolution Institute and dispute resolution within the community.

'In the spirit of reconciliation Resolution Institute acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.'