Speeches and Presentations

International and National Speeches and Presentations,
2000-2017

Most Recent Speech
19 October 2017
Invited speaker on ‘Making the World a Better Place’ at the National History Challenge New South Wales State Presentation 2017,
Jubilee Room, Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW,

International

Invited speaker on ‘Zonta International Projects in Rwanda: The Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and the Gender-based Violence Centre to address violence against women and girls’ at a dinner meeting of the Zonta Club of the New Territories, Hong Kong Bankers Club, Hong Kong, 5 December 2017

Presenter on ‘Global Voices of Women’s Empowerment: Case studies from Rwanda and Australia’, at The Hong Kong Association of University Women 60th Anniversary Celebration Conference: Empowering Women and Embracing the World, Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 3 December 2017

Presenter on ‘Contribution of Women and Girls Sport to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’, at the 13th Women’s Worlds Congress: An International and Interdisciplinary Meeting about Women: Transformations, Connections, Displacements, Florianopolis, Brazil, 30 July- 4 August 2017

Presenter on ‘Case Studies of Women Leaders in Sports Education in the Pacific’ at the Women Leading in Education Across Continents (WLE) Sixth Biennial Conference: From Margins to Centers: at Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22-26 July 2017

Invited speaker on ‘Breaking the Silence on Menstruation’ at the launch of the Exhibition on Menstruation Art, Museum of Women, Mexico City, Mexico, 7 June 2017

Invited speaker on ‘Women say “Yes”’ to Power: Personally, in Rwanda, and Globally’, at the Mexican Federation of University Women Conference on Leadership for Women, Museum of Women, Mexico City, Mexico, 6 June 2017

Invited speaker on ‘Graduate Women International and the Rwanda Association of University Women’ at the Mexican Federation of University Women June Breakfast Assembly, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017, 1 June 2017

Presenter with Professor Jaya Dantas on ‘Global Voices on Women’s Empowerment’, Women’s Studies Class, Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia, USA, 22 March 2017

Presenter with Professor Jaya Dantas on ‘Global Voices on Women’s Empowerment: Narratives from Australia and Rwanda, at Women’s National Democratic Club, Washington DC, USA, 21 March 2017

Presenter on ‘Contribution of Women and Girls Sport to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Focus on Women’s Cricket: Participation and Inclusion in Sport Empowers Women and Girls’ at Parallel event: ‘Health, Education, Sport and Women’s Empowerment: Narratives from Australia, Rwanda and Bangladesh’, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSA61): Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work, New York, USA, 13-20 March 2017

Presenter on ‘The Contribution of Women’s Sport to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Focus on Women’s Cricket: Sport Empowers Women and Girls’ at the Graduate Women International Triennial Conference, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, 24-26 August 2016

Invited speaker on ‘Global Citizenship: Learning to Contribute to and Take Part in the Wider World’ at the Zonta London Southbank Club, London, UK, 19 April 2016

Invited speaker on ‘The Impact of Rwandan Women’s Political Leadership on Democracy and Development in Rwanda’ at the Mokoro Seminar, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 13 April 2016

Invited speaker on ‘Celebrating Leadership Learnings in Education over a lifetime: Experiences of a International Development Adviser – Bangladesh & Rwanda’, at the Spring Seminar of the Special Interest Group on Educational Leadership, Learning and Innovation, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, 12 April 2016

Invited speaker on ‘The Empowerment of Women in Rwanda’ at the Zonta Club of Paris Etoile, Paris, France, 29 March 2016

Presenter with Professor Jaya Dantas on ‘Global Case Scenarios: Implementation of rights based approaches to enhance effective education of women at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60): Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development, New York, USA, 14-24 March 2016

Presenter with Professor Jaya Dantas on ‘Implementing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh and Rwanda: Achieving human rights through education and empowerment’ at CSW60, New York, USA, 14-24 March 2016

Invited speaker on ‘My experiences in Rotary and Work, Vanuatu, Rwanda and Bangladesh’ at the Dinner meeting of the Rotary Club of Dhaka North West, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2016

Invited speaker on ‘Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment’ at the International Older Person’s Day Seminar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5 October 2015

Invited speaker on ‘International Literacy Day’ at the University Women’s Association of Calcutta, Kolkata Meeting, India, 23 September 2015

Presenter on ‘Celebrating Leadership Learnings in Education across Continents: Experiences of an International Development Adviser – Bangladesh and Rwanda’ at WLE Fifth Biennial Conference: Finding and Harnessing the Joy in our Leadership, Hamilton, New Zealand, 31 August-3 September 2015

Presenter on ‘Rwanda Association of University Women and Graduate Women International Advocacy’ to informal dinner meeting with members of Graduate Women International Hamilton, Hamilton, New Zealand, 30 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Highlights in the Life of an International Development Adviser’ at the Graduate Women Manawatu Dinner Meeting, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 27 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Sharing Life Stories of Outstanding Women Leaders in Rwanda and Bangladesh’ at the Zonta Club of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 25 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘The Empowerment of Women in Developing Countries’ at the Zonta Clubs of Dunedin and Metropolitan Dunedin, Dunedin, New Zealand, 20 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Shirley Randell: My Life and Work’ at the Zonta Club of Oamaru, Oamaru, New Zealand, 19 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘The Changing Role of Women in the World: in Education, Politics and Commerce’ at the Rotary Club of Orewa, Orewa, New Zealand, 18 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘The Life of an International Development Adviser’ at the Zonta Club of Auckland North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand, 17 August 2015

Keynote speaker on ‘Gender Mainstreaming in National Development Plans and Policies’ at the First International Conference on Women and Leadership in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8 May 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Women’s Global Leadership: Experiences with Lessons Learned’ at the Gender and Women Studies Banquet, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, 18 March 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Peace Building through Unarmed Civilian Protection at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC, USA, 17 March 2015

Presenter with Dr Linda Wright and Dr Omrana on ‘The Role of Women in Stability and Security: Experiences and Successes with Lessons Learned’ at the Senior Officers Seminar, Dwight D Eisenhower School, National Defence University, Washington DC, USA, 17 March 2015

Presenter with Professor Jaya Dantas on ‘Implementing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: a Comparative Analysis of Achieving Human Rights in Rwanda and Australia through Education, Empowerment and Mentoring’ at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59): Twenty-year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, New York, USA, 9-15 March 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Modelling Rwanda’s Experience in Promotion of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: The Gender Dividend’ at the Government of the Republic of Rwanda Side Event, CSW59, New York, USA, 13 March 2015

Presenter with Dinah Musindarwezo and Megan McCloskey on ‘The Impact of Women in Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Peace and Security in Rwanda’ at CSW 59, New York, USA, 10 March 2015

Invited panel speaker on ‘Political Will and Public Will: Fine tuning for Gender Advocacy’ at CSW 59, New York, USA, 10 March, 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Gender, War, Conflict Resolution and Peace in Rwanda’ at the Bangladesh Rotary Peace Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9 February 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Connecting with Equity, World Wide: Reach Out to Connect, at the Rotary Club of North Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 15 November 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda Women’ Political Leadership in Democracy and Development’ at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency staff seminar, Stockholm, Sweden 29 September 2014

Presenter on ‘Rwanda Women’ Political Leadership in Democracy and Development: Pan-African Perspectives: Governance and Gender: Politics, Power and Patriarchy’, Nordic Africa Days 2014, Uppsala, Sweden, 26-27 September 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Connecting with Equity, World Wide’ at the Women Graduates-USA Annual General Meeting on Reach Out to Connect, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 12 September 2014

Presenter with Dr Jaya Dantas on ‘A Study on Masculinity and Gender-Based Violence in Rwanda’ at the 12th Women’s Worlds Congress: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference about Women, Hyderabad, India, 20 August 2014

Invited IFUWA panel chair and presenter on ‘The Contribution of Education to the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Rwanda’ at the 12th Women’s Worlds Congress, Hyderabad, India, 18 August 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Gender and Post-Genocide Reconstruction in Rwanda’ at the Women in War Inaugural Conference: University of Sarajevo’s Gender Department and the Sarajevo Peace Event, Sarajevo, Bosnia- Herzegovina, 7- 8 June 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Women Empowerment: Gender Equality, Violence Against Women, Discrimination’ at the Istanbul Summit on Women’s Perspectives on the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda, Istanbul, Turkey, 31 May 2014

Presenter on ‘Rwanda Women Parliamentarians and their Contribution to Democracy, Human Rights and Development’ at the Oxford Human Rights Hub Conference on Women and Poverty: a Human Rights Perspective, Rwanda, 30 April 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda after Genocide: Gender in Politics and Leadership’ at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Boston, USA, 26 March 2014

Presenter on ‘The Transformative Impact of Investing in Women & Girls: Learning from Leaders on the Ground: Celebrating Political Empowerment and Education of Rwandan women on the 20th anniversary of the genocide’ at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSA58): Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, New York, USA, 9-20 March 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Sustainable Rural Development in Rwanda: The Importance of a Focus on Women in Agriculture’ at the First International Conference of Institute of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, 27 February 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda after Genocide: Gender in Politics, Education and Leadership’ at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 23 January 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda after Genocide: Gender in Politics, Education and Leadership’ at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 21 January 2014

Visiting speaker on ‘The Rotary Clubs of Vanuatu, Bangladesh and Rwanda’ at the Lunch meeting of the Vancouver Quadra Rotary Club, Vancouver, Canada, 21 January 2014.

Visiting speaker on ‘Gender and Education in Rwanda’ at the Gender and Education class, Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, 20 January 2014

Visiting speaker on ‘Rwanda after Genocide: Social Issues to Social Issues class at the Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, 20 January 2014

Presentation on ‘Local Actors’ Initiatives working on Equity, Empowerment, and Education of Women and Girls’ at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Seattle Branch meeting, Seattle, Washington State, USA, 18 January 2014

Presentation on ‘Education of Girls in Rwanda’ at the Seattle Girls School, Seattle, Washington State, USA, 17 January 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Gender, War, Conflict and Reconciliation in the Great Lakes Region’ at the University of Seattle, 17 January 2014

Presentation on ‘Women in Power: Personally and in Rwanda’ at the Locus Circle meeting, Seattle, Washington State, USA, 17 January 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Political Success of Women in Rwanda, What brought it about and What it means for Policy-making and Institution-building’ at the National Women’s Political Caucus – Northwest, Win with Women, Seattle, Washington State, USA, 15 January 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Sustainable Development through Women’s Empowerment: Reflections from Rwanda, Afghanistan, Burundi, & South Sudan’ at the University of Washington’s Gender, Women and International Economic Development Class, Seattle, Washington State, 14 January 2014

Invited speaker, Women’s Leadership on Conflict Resolution in Rwanda, World Affairs Council Member Lunch, Seattle, Washington State, USA, 13 January 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Gender Policies and Practices for Women and Girls in Science, Technology and Innovation in Rwanda’ at the International Conference on Women in Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, 16 September 2013

Invited speaker on ‘Women’s Leadership, Gender and Education in Rwanda’, 2013 Asia and Pacific Nation Network Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, 14 September 2013

Speaker on ‘Improving Opportunities for Women in Afghanistan’ in Workshop on ‘Ideas For Action: Developing Sustainable Education For Girls And Women in Afghanistan’, IFUW Triennial Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 20 August 2013

Presenter on ‘A Rwanda Approach to Gender-Motivated Crimes: Prevention and Response to Trafficking as a form of Gender Based Violence’ in Workshop, IFUW Triennial Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 20 August 2013

Presenter for Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘Gender & Sustainable Development: Working with Men to End Violence Against Women in Rwanda’, International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Triennial Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 19 August 2013

Presenter for Interdisciplinary Seminar on ‘A Rwanda Approach to Gender Motivated Crimes: Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence’, IFUW Triennial Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 19 August 2013

Lead consultant for Training Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Program (NELSAP) Projects for engineers and social scientists from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, Bujumbura, Burundi, 29 July–1 August 2013.

Interview for Rwanda Television on ‘Women and Education in Rwanda’, Kigali, Rwanda, 11 May 2013.

Organiser and facilitator of a Colloquium on Women in Leadership in Higher Education, IFUW Colloquia Project on ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Female Leadership in Higher Education’, Kigali, Rwanda, 30 April 2013.

Invited speaker on ‘Shirley Randell: Retrospective’ at Goethe Institute Seminar, Kigali, Rwanda, 10 April 2013

Invited speaker on ‘The Role of Women and Education in Post-Conflict Resolution: the case of Rwanda’ At the Oxford University Roundtable, 15th Annual International Symposium on Women and Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 17-21 March, 2013.

Invited speaker on ‘Global Perspectives on Violence Against Women: The Rwanda Case’ at a VGIF Seminar, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57): Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, New York, USA, 4-15 March 2013.

Lead consultant for four Global Rights’ Legal Fellows’ Workshops on Advanced Training and Empowerment on Gender Awareness and the Legal Framework in Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, 15 September to 10 October 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Internships at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development Studies in Rwanda’ to a group of staff and students at the Turin University, Torino, Italy, 12 July 2012.

Invited keynote speaker on ‘Advancing the Status of Women Around the World: a case study of Rwanda’ at the Zonta International Conference, on the occasion of receiving the 2012 Award of International Honorary Member, Torino, Italy, 11 July 2012.

Lead consultant, AMISOM Police-National Somali Police Gender-Based Violence Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya, 11-14 June 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda Post Reconstruction’ and ‘Rotary Clubs of Vanuatu, Bangladesh and Rwanda’ at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Clubs of London East, London North, London Lambeth, London Hyde Park and London Huon, UK, on 12, 14, 16, 19 and 22 March 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Advancing the Status of the World’s Women: Rwanda’s Inspiring Trajectory’ and conversations with 15 students in Residential Learning in Rwanda class as Visiting Fellow, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 22 March 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda, Poverty and Reconstruction’ and ‘Rwandan Women and Power’ and conversations with 150 students in two Women Studies classes as Visiting Fellow, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 21 March 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda Post Reconstruction’ and conversations with five Masters and PhD students in Contemporary Gender Issues in Post-Genocide Rwanda course as Visiting Fellow, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 19 March 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda’s Progress in Health’ and conversations with over 100 students in Community Health Promotion as Visiting Fellow, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 19 March 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘Women Through the Ages and Sustainable Empowerment: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution’ to 50 staff and students of the Africa Institute as Visiting Fellow, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 15 March 2012.

Invited speaker on ‘A Rwanda Approach to Gender-Motivated Crimes: Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence’ at a Bag Lunch Meeting, and conversations with 50 staff and students, Centre for Research on Violence as Visiting Fellow, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 14 March 2012.

Speaker on ‘Gender and Health Issues in Rwanda’ and conversations with 50 students, Global Health Course, Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children as Visiting Fellow at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 12 March 2012.

Speaker on ‘Rural Women and Health in Rwanda’ at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56): The Empowerment of Rural Women and their Role in Poverty and Hunger Eradication, Development and Current Challenges, New York, USA, 27 February-9 March 2012.

Speaker on ‘The Empowerment of Women During and After Conflict Situations: Afghanistan and Rwanda’ at CSW56, New York, USA, 3 March 2012

Invited speaker on ‘She says YES to Economic Empowerment: Economic Empowerment in Rwanda’ at the 7th International Helvi Sipilä Seminar, CSW56, New York, USA, 29 February 2012

Invited speaker on ‘Gender Statistics in Rwanda and at the Kigali Institute of Education: Training and Evidence-Based Research’, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Gender Statistics meetings, Accra, Ghana, 11-16 December 2011

Presentation with Dr Olukemi Asemota on ‘Have Child Friendly Schools improved Girls’ Education in Rwanda? A Case Study Approach’ at Annual IPAR Research Conference: Improving the Lives of Ordinary Rwandans: Evidence for Policy, Kigali, Rwanda, 9 December 2011

Invited keynote speaker on ‘The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution’ at the 34th Convention of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Lagos, Nigeria, 20-25 November 2011.

Speaker on ‘The Foyers Sociaux: An Ambiguous Form of Women’s Promotion during Colonial Times’ and ‘The FAWE/KIE/CGCD Project on Strengthening Gender Research to Improve Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa: The Impact of Child Friendly Schools on Girls’ Education in Rwanda’ at the Symposium on Education and Employment in Rwanda: Applied Gendered Perspectives, Kigali Institute of Education, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali, Rwanda, 10-11 October 2011

Invited speaker on ‘Post-conflict Tensions in Rwanda and Implications for Kenya’ at the Symposium on Poverty as a Human Rights Violation, sponsored by the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and (University of Oslo) and Centre for Human Rights and Peace, Naivasha, Kenya, 26-28 September 2011

Invited facilitator with responsibility for delivering feminist research methodology training at the UN Women / National Institute of Statistics Rwanda Training Program on Gender and Statistics, Musanze, Rwanda, 5-9 September 2011

Invited speaker on ‘The Impact of UNICEF Child Friendly Schools on Girls’ Education in Rwanda: Four Case Studies’ at the Sharing and Dissemination Workshop of the FAWE-NORAD Research Initiative: Strengthening Gender Research to Improve Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 27-29 July 2011.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda’s Centre for Gender, Culture and Development’, Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club Breakfast Meeting, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 5 July 2011.

Speaker on ‘Experiences of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Rwanda in building bridges that use women’s experiences to advance equality’ and Chairperson of a panel session on ‘A Globalised Movement to build bridges and to link scholarship and activism’, at the 11th Women’s Worlds Congress on ‘Inclusions, Exclusions, and Seclusions: Living in a Globalized World’, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, 3-7 July 2011.

Invited facilitator of the ‘Africa Region Security Organs Capacity Building Workshop on Violence Against Women and Girls: Prevention, Response and Peacekeeping’ and speaker on ‘The International Legal Framework for addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence’, with responsibility for developing a regional action plan, Kigali, Rwanda, 20-24 June, 2011.

Invited speaker on ‘The Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of Education’ at the Soroptimist International Union of Rwanda, Future African Federation Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 20 May 2011

Invited speaker on ‘Gender and Leadership’ at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and National Consultative Forum of Political Organizations 2011 Rwanda Youth Party Leadership Academies, Kigali, 9 May and Butare, Rwanda, 14 May 2011.

Speaker on ‘Post-Conflict Tensions: a Comparative Study’ at Focus on Rwanda: a Conference on Gender Research and Activism, Kigali, Rwanda, 11-13 March 2011

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda: Gendering Post-Conflict Tensions’ at the 2nd Biennial War Crimes Conference sponsored by SOLON, Centre for Contemporary British History, Kings College, London, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and the Raoul Wallenburg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden, London, UK, 3-5 March 2011

Invited speaker on ‘Women and Feminism in Rwanda’, London Metropolitan University Occasional Lecture, London, UK, 2 March 2011

Invited speaker on ‘The new Gender Culture and Development Centre and Masters Program in Rwanda’, International Development Centre Masters Program, Sussex, UK, 1 March 2011

Speaker on ‘Women’s Empowerment through Community-based Tourism and Cultural Exchanges: Chances and Challenges of Grassroots Projects’ at the International Conference on Contribution of Tourism to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Great Lakes Region, Kigali, Rwanda, 18-20 November 2010

Speaker with Kagaba Mediatrice Mukabagema at a Seminar on ‘Moving Women into Decision Making: Achieving Equality: Women as Political and Economic Agents in Rwanda: A Global Paradigm of Achieving Sustainable Development through Women’s Empowerment’, 30th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of University Women, Mexico City, Mexico, 5-9 August 2010

Speaker at a Workshop on ‘Networking University Centres for Gender/Women’s Studies to Contribute to Promoting Access to Higher Education: the Growth of Gender Centres in Africa and how they may serve as empowerment tools for the African continent’, 30th Triennial Conference of IFUW, Mexico City, Mexico, 5-9 August 2010.

Speaker at a Workshop on ‘Girls in Science and Technology: Situation and Strategies in Rwanda’, 30th Triennial Conference of IFUW, Mexico City, Mexico, 5-9 August 2010.

Speaker with Rosette Odera at a Workshop on ‘Virtual Networking among Rwandan Women: Rwanda Association of University Women’, 30th Triennial Conference of IFUW, Mexico City, Mexico, 5-9 August 2010

Presentation on ‘Women say “Yes”’ to Power’ to Bris Kanda staff and partners, Lae, Papua New Guinea, 10 May 2010

Chairperson and speaker on ‘The Growth of Gender Centres in Africa: How they may serve as Empowerment Tools for the African continent’ at the Parallel Event Panel Discussion on Networking University Centres for Gender/Women’s Studies to contribute to promoting access to and the advancement of women in higher education, Commission on the Status of Women (CSW54): The Fifteen-year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, New York, USA, 1-12 March 2010

Presentation on ‘Networking Centres of Gender in Higher Education’, at the International Federation of University Women Seminar, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW54), New York, USA, 5 March 2010

Invited speaker on ‘Women Say Yes to Power’, Helva Sipila Seminar, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW54), New York, USA, 1-12 March 2010

Invited speaker on ‘Women and Feminism in Rwanda’, University of Scranton Occasional Lecture, Pennsylvania, USA, March 2010

Panel participant on ‘Shaping Development Agendas in the Global South: Priorities and Challenges’ at an International Seminar on New Global Opportunities Toward Human Rights for Women and Girls: North-South Linkages, Kolkata, India, 19 November 2009

Keynote speaker on ‘Education of the Girl Child in Africa’ (with Diana Gergel) and speaker on ‘Gender Gaps Remain in the Education of Girls in Rwanda and Increase at Tertiary Level’ (with Jennifer Fish), at the Federation of University Women of Africa Annual Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, July 2009

Invited speaker on ‘The Power of Networking’ at New Generation Connect General Assembly, Kigali, Rwanda, 31 May 2009

Chairperson of the Parallel Event Panel Discussion on Centres for Excellence in Gender and Governance and their contribution to equal opportunity for women and men in decision making, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53): The Equal Sharing of Responsibilities between Women and Men, including Caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS, New York, USA, 2-13 March 2009

Invited Panel speaker on ‘The International Federation of University Women: a powerful organisation contributing to women’s movements influencing national, regional and international policy’ at the 11th Association of Women’s Rights in Development’s (AWID) International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development: The Power of Movements, Cape Town, South Africa, 14-17 November 2008

Presenter on ‘The Local Government Barometer: Assessing and Strengthening Local Governance’, SNV Governance Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26 September 2008

Invited speaker on ‘Women’s March Towards Equality in the Olympic Games and in Politics’ at Seminar on the Olympics at the United States Embassy, Kigali, Rwanda, August 2008

Speaker on ‘Promoting the Retention of Women Faculty and Students in Higher Education: The Rwandan Case’ at the Sustainable Higher Education Roundtable, 10th Women’s Worlds Congress International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Madrid, Spain, July 2008

Speaker on ‘Mentoring for Career Development and Management’ at workshops for mentors involved in the RIAM/RAUW/SNV Rwanda Women’s Career Development and Management Project funded by CIDA, Kigali, Rwanda, 2007 and 2008

Speaker on ‘SNV and UNDP Activity Agreement 4: Reinforcing Capacities of Local Governments to integrate Gender in Decentralized Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) Planning in line with the National EDPRS’ at the Pan-African UNDP-SNV Focal Points meeting, Nairobi Kenya, May 2008

Invited speaker on ‘Gender within Governance for Empowerment: Summary of Gender Status within the SNV East and South African Region’ at the Regional Workshop of the Governance for Empowerment Task Force and Local Government Barometer Training, Naivasha, Kenya, November 2007

Invited leader of the Leadership Training Seminar and speaker on ‘What kind of leadership development can make a contribution to leadership in development’ and ‘Geese Leadership’ at the 29th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of University Women, Manchester, UK, August 2007

Speaker at a seminar on ‘Engendering Poverty Reduction Strategies’ at the 29th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of University Women, Manchester, UK, August 2007.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda: Turning Vision 2020 and the Millennium Goals into Reality’ at a seminar of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, August 2007

Invited keynote speaker on ‘The Contribution of Sports to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’ at the International Conference on ‘Women Sports in Rwanda for Gender Equity and Social Change’, Kigali, Rwanda, April 2007

Invited speaker on ‘Gender equality in education in Rwanda: What is happening to our girls’, at the Annual Conference of the South African Association for Women Graduates on Drop-Outs from School and Tertiary Studies – What is Happening to our Girls?’ Cape Town, South Africa, March 2007

Speaker on ‘Media and Campaigning on Gender-Based Violence’ at Pan-African workshop on Strengthening Regional Work on Gender Based Violence, Kampala Uganda, November 2006

Speaker on ‘Gender as a Cross-Cutting Issue’ at the Public Service Induction Training conducted by the Rwanda Institute for Educational Management’, Kigali, Rwanda, November 2006

Speaker on ‘Tools for Mainstreaming Gender: Checklist for Mainstreaming Gender as a Cross-Cutting Issue in the EDPRS’ and ‘Tools of Mainstreaming Gender: Gender Analysis Framework and Gender Planning Tools’ at a national seminar on Moving to Gender-Based Analysis in Constructing Policy in Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, September 2006

Invited speaker on ‘Gender Equality and Millennium Development Goals’ at the Rwanda Rotaract Associations Annual Conference, Butare, Rwanda, May 2006

Maiden Speech on ‘My experience of Rotary in Vanuatu and Bangladesh and my work in Rwanda’ at the Rotary Club of Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda, March 2006

Keynote speaker as Chief Guest and Special Guest at numerous conferences and workshops for Gender and Development Curriculum Courses, Trial Runs of the Bangladesh Gender Training Manual, Training of Trainers Programs in Gender and Development and Domestic Violence Seminars at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy, the Academy for Training and Development and the National Academy for Education Management, Savar and Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004-5


 

Australia

Invited speaker on ‘Achievements in Maternity Care in Rwanda’ at the University of Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery Workshop on Global Initiatives in Maternal Care, New Lambton Heights, NSW, 31 October 2017

Invited speaker on ‘Making the World a Better Place’ at the National History Challenge New South Wales State Presentation 2017, Jubilee Room, Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 19 October 2017

Presenter on ‘Impact of Rwandan Women’s Leadership and Activism on Social Change in Rwanda’ at the Independent Scholars Association of Australia Annual Conference on Revolution, Activism and Social Change, Canberra, ACT, 12 October 2017

Invited keynote speaker on ‘Inspiring Institutions to Capitalise on the Leadership of Minority Women: Case Study: The Leadership of Minority Women in Rwanda’ at The Unique Leadership of Minority Women Conference, Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 27 September 2017

Invited speaker on ‘Report on the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) meeting in New York’ at Zonta Sydney Breakfast Club, Sydney, NSW, 4 July 2017

Invited speaker on ‘ The Education of Girls in Rwanda: Future Girls’ at the Sunflower Foundation Cocktail Event, Melbourne, VIC, 29 April 2017

Invited panel speaker on ‘CSW61 Report Back’ at the International Engagement Forum, Office of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Sydney, NSW, 27 April 2017

Invited speaker at the Preparation meeting for Delegates attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting, Melbourne, VIC, 7 February 2017

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda: An Example to the World’ at the Sydney Rotary Club’s Luncheon, Sydney, NSW, 24 October 2016

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda: A Case Study’ at the Australian College of Educators 2016 National Conference: Changes and Challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire, Sydney, NSW, 27 September, 2016

Presenter on ‘Stories of Rwandan and Bangladesh Women: Advancing Understanding of Gender and Achieving Gender Equality through Education, Empowerment and Mentoring at the Australian Gender and Women Studies Conference: De-Storying the Joint, Brisbane, QLD, 29 June to 3 July 2016

Invited speaker on ‘The Development of Democracy in Rwanda: The Role of Women’ at the International Women’s Day Event, Faith Works Uniting Community, Brisbane, QLD, 27 February 2016

Invited speaker on ‘The Role of Women in Changing Society’ at the University of the Third Age Deepdene Branch, Melbourne, VIC, 20 October 2015

Presenter with Professor Jaya Dantas on ‘Reflections on the Commission on the Status of Women: Gender Equality And Women’s Empowerment’ at a staff and student seminar at Curtin University, Perth, WA, 16 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Global Citizenship: Learning to Contribute to and Take Part in a Wider World’ at the Fifth Annual Perth Modernian Society Oration, Perth, WA, 13 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Stories over Dinner: Sharing Life Stories of Outstanding Women Leaders in Rwanda and Bangladesh’ at the Northern Suburbs Zonta Club Meeting, Perth, WA, 13 August 2015

Invited panel speaker on ‘Power in Transition and Alignment’ at the Power of a Woman Conference: Hear, Feel and Understand the Power of a Woman, Sydney, NSW, 8 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Reinventing Careers: Risks and Resilience’ at the Zonta Sydney Breakfast Club, Sydney, NSW, 4 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Improving Gender Equality and Public Sector Services in Asia Pacific and Africa’ at the Women and Development Group, Sydney, NSW, 3 August 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Community Volunteering’ to the University of New England Alumni Enactus meeting, Armidale, NSW, 28 March 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Global Citizenship’ at the University of New England Graduation Ceremony on the occasion of being awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Armidale, NSW, 28 March 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Global Women’s Leadership: Advancing the Status of the World’s Women through Education’ at the Australian College of Educators Meeting, Armidale, NSW, 27 March 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Leadership, Careers and the Art of Reinvention’ at the Women Chiefs of Enterprise meeting, The Women’s Club, Sydney, NSW, 25 March 2015

Invited speaker on ‘Women’s Global Leadership: Experiences with Lessons Learned’ at the Australian Federation of Graduate Women Southern Highlands Branch Meeting, Bowral, NSW 23 March 2015

Presenter on ‘Globalizing the Gender and Women’s Studies Curriculum in Australian Universities: The Value of Feminist Networks and Developing Expertise in Gender and Development’ at the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Biennial International Conference, Melbourne, VIC, 23 June 2014

Participant in a Question and Answer Panel on ‘Kwibuka 20: Journey of Hope for Rwanda’ with the Rwandan Community of New South Wales at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 10 April 2014

Presenter on ‘The Advice I would give to Myself at 16’ at the Yve Lavine Awesome Women Sweet Sixteen Photo Exhibition, Sydney, NSW, 8 March 2014

Invited speaker on ‘Living a Dream’ at Haberfield Primary School’s Annual Speech Day, Haberfield, NSW, 10 December 2013

Invited speaker on ‘Building Influences in the Not-For-Profit Sector: Rwandan Experiences’ at the 13th Annual National Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Adelaide, SA, 19 November 2013.

Invited speaker on ‘Gender, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Reflections from Rwanda and Afghanistan’ at The Women’s Club monthly luncheon meeting, Sydney, NSW, 18 October 2013.

Invited lecturer at a seminar on ‘Gender, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Reconstruction’ for Gender Studies students and staff at the University of Queensland’s, Brisbane, QLD, 3 September 2013.

Invited speaker on ‘Challenges, Rewards and Implications of Women saying “Yes”’ to Power: Personally and in Rwanda’ at the Women of the World Festival, Katherine, NT, 21 September 2013.

Keynote speaker on ‘Rwandan Women in Leadership: Saying Yes to Power’ at the ZONTA 12th Biennial District 23 Conference, Scarborough, WA, 13 September 2013.

Invited speaker at a Special Seminar on ‘A Conversation with Prof. Shirley Randell AO, PhD on Gender, Health, Human Rights and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Reflections from Rwanda, Afghanistan, Burundi, and South Sudan’, at The International Health Programme, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, 10 September 2013.

Invited speaker on ‘The Story of Bridging Scholarship & Activism at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development’ at an AWAGSA Research Conference, Melbourne, VIC, 18 September 2011

Invited speaker on ‘Women in Rwanda; a Parliamentary Majority’ at Donors and Alumni Meeting of the University of New England, Armidale, Sydney, NSW, 23 September 2010

Invited speaker on ‘Women and Power in Rwanda’ at public lecture for faculty and students at University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, 21 September 2010

Invited speaker on ‘Networking Gender Centres for Gender/Women’s Studies’ at the Australian Gender and Women’s Studies Association, University of Adelaide, SA, June 2010

Keynote speaker on ‘Advancing the Status of the World’s Women: Rwanda’s Inspiring Trajectory’ at the Zonta International Conference on ‘Advancing the Status of Women’, Canberra, ACT, September 2009.

Invited speaker on ‘Stories of Women’s Development in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa” at a Special Event sponsored by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Western Australian Branch of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, Perth, WA, September 2009.

Invited speaker on ‘Rwanda: Turning Vision 2020 and the Millennium Goals into Reality’ at a seminar of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, NSW Branch, Sydney, NSW, May 2007.

Speaker on ‘Transformational Leadership in Rwanda: World Leaders on Women’s Participation in Parliament’ at the Inaugural Conference on Women and Leadership: Changes, Challenges and Choices, Perth, WA, November 2006

Speaker with Grayleen Lapi on ‘Vanuatu Association of Women Graduates: Exciting Beginning in Human Rights Advocacy for a New Affiliate’ at the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) 28th International Triennial Conference, Perth, WA, 4-10 August 2004

Speaker on ‘Creating Educational Awareness on Domestic Violence Court Orders in Rwanda’ at the IFUW 28th International Triennial Conference, Perth, WA, 4-10 August 2004

Speaker with Jeanette Bolenga on ‘Vanuatu Association of Women Graduates: Exciting Beginning in Using Posters for Women’s Empowerment for a New Affiliate’ at the IFUW 28th International Triennial Conference, Perth, WA, 4-10 August 2004

Presenter with Barbara Butler on the Elections Observer Group for the Vanuatu National Elections 2002: The public interest in ethical politics, International Institute for Public Ethics/ Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics International Conference on Ethics and Governance, Brisbane, QLD, October 2002.

Trainer, RIAP, University of Sydney, presented paper on ‘Change Management in the Public Sector: Experiences from a developing country – Niue’ to RIAP Training Program on Change Management for HRD Planning in the Public Sector for Managers from the People’s Republic of China, Sydney, NSW, February 2002.

Trainer, RIAP, University of Sydney, presented module on ‘Human Resource and Change Management Policies for Enterprise Development’ for Indonesia APEC Effective Governance for Enterprise Development Program, Short Course, Sydney, NSW, May 2001.

Trainer, RIAP, University of Sydney, presented module on ‘Managing Development in an International Context’ for Royal Thai Government Short Course, Sydney, NSW, February 2001.

 

Last update – 3 July 2017