Come along and join us to celebrate the importance of gender diversity and the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women!

Celebrate women's voices in writing and journalism.

Morning tea, inspiring speakers and giveaways.

Date: Thursday 7 March
Time: 9.30 am to 12 noon
Location: Chisholm Institute - Auditorium, Building A
121 Stud Road (enter via Gate 2 - Stud Road Entrance), Dandenong.

Register below with your details for catering purposes. If you have any queries, please contact or call 0414 770 772.

For more information on International Women's Day visit the International Women's Day website.


Vikki Petraitis - Author - Crime Writer

Vikki Petraitis has been writing crime books for nearly two decades. Her book on Frankston serial killer, Paul Denyer, has become a classic in the genre. For an extra challenge, Vikki has just commenced a PhD in creative writing.

Laurie Bell - Author - Science fiction and young adult fantasy fiction

Laurie Bell is a once-upon-a-time primary school teacher who now spends her time writing science fiction and young adult fantasy. She is also an active blogger and volunteer at her local theatre company (working in all areas of stage craft - and even getting on stage once!). Her first book, The Butterfly Stone was released in 2018 and her next two, White Fire and Blood Fever, in 2019.

Julia Naughton - Managing Editor

As the Managing Editor - Lifestyle at Nine Entertainment Co, and formerly Associate Editor of The Huffington Post, Julia Naughton is an experienced journalist who has interviewed everyone from Khloe Kardashian to New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian. She is the creator of The Windsors podcast and is passionate about storytelling and reaching new audiences.

Tina Kuek - Freelance writer and social entrepreneur

Tina Kuek is a freelance writer and social entrepreneur, as well as being a Senior Policy Officer at the State Government of Victoria. Prior to her role in government, Tina worked for the United Nations and the Department of Defence. She has also worked as a Humanitarian Case Worker assisting newly arrived refugees with their settlement in Australia. Tina’s personal interests include Instagram, fashion and travel. She has been to all continents except Antarctica and her prized possession is Barack Obama’s business card. Tina speaks three languages, is on the Executive Committee of Girl Guides Victoria, and she is a volunteer for HerSpace, Melbourne.

Our MC - Dr Ilsa Evans - Author and Social Commentator

As well as social commentary, particularly on gender issues, Ilsa Evans has written fourteen books across a range of genres. Two novels, Broken and Sticks & Stones, tell the story of an abused woman and are largely based on the findings of a PhD (on the long-term effects of domestic violence) completed in 2005.