Women Who've Had Enough
Anita Heiss + Mehreen Faruqi + Fiona Stager
Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
What are women – especially Indigenous women, and women of colour – still asked to tolerate in 2022? In their work, these women explore and document lines that have been crossed, and share how they show up, speak out, remain defiant and retain integrity.
Panel: Anita Heiss, Mehreen Faruqi
Chair: Fiona Stager
Dr Anita Heiss is the award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, children's novels and poetry. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation, and a board member of University of Queensland Press and Circa Contemporary Circus. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the GO Foundation. Anita is currently adapting her novel Tiddas (S&S, 2014) for the stage. Her latest novel is Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens' senator for New South Wales. She is a civil and environmental engineer and life-long activist for social and environmental justice. In 2013, she joined the NSW Parliament, becoming the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament. In 2018, she became Australia's first Muslim senator. She has been a passionate advocate against racism and misogyny.
Since emigrating from Pakistan in 1992 Mehreen has worked in leadership positions in local government, consulting firms and as an academic in Australia and internationally. This includes her roles as Manager of Environment and Services for Mosman Council, Manager of Natural Resources and Catchments for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies (UNSW) and an Associate Professor in Business and Sustainability (AGSM, UNSW).
While in NSW parliament, she introduced the first ever bill to decriminalise abortion. Mehreen has been a leading voice in opposition to the greyhound racing industry, privatisation of public transport, and removal of laws that protect native vegetation. Since joining the federal senate in August 2018, Mehreen has been an outspoken advocate for public education, anti-racism, social housing and animal welfare.
Fiona is the co-owner of Avid Reader and Where the Wild Things Are which are two leading independent bookshops based in the heart of West End Brisbane. She is a life member of the Australian Booksellers Association and a regular literary judge.