29 April 2013
The head of Sisters Inside Inc, a group advocating for the rights of women in Queensland’s criminal justice system, will give a free public lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, Tuesday 30 April, from 2-3pm.
Debbie Kilroy, CEO of the independent community organisation, is a former prisoner who is now an activist for the implementation and monitoring of human rights within women’s prisons.
She advocates against discriminatory and oppressive practices, has participated in international human rights forums and is the first woman in Queensland to be admitted to practise law after being convicted of a serious criminal offence.
Her USC lecture, “Why are women and girls Australia’s fastest growing prison population; and why should you even care?”, will examine social, economic and political contexts and impacts on women and children in the criminal justice system.
USC Associate Professor of Social Work Christine Morley said the free lecture in LT1, Building K, would be presented by USC’s Social Work and Human Services programs.
“These University programs foster critical thinking and transformative learning with students and demonstrate a commitment to a social justice and social change agenda,” Associate Professor Morley said.
— Julie Schomberg