2020 Fanny Reading Human Rights Lecture

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Join us for our 2020 Fanny Reading Human Rights Lecture "Surviving to Thriving: Out of the Shadow of Sexual Abuse + Violence".

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In Conversation With Iris Stern Levi

Join us for a very special opportunity to hear our 2020 Fanny Reading Human Rights lecturer Iris Stern Levi on Zoom from Israel.

Iris is an Israeli social activist focused on issues of women's and human rights. After working for 16 years with victims of sexual abuse, Iris co-founded non-profit organizations Her Academy (2016) and Turning the Tables (2011), both of which work to provide occupational training for women who are survivors of prostitution and violence.

Watch Iris Stern Levi in conversation with Jodie Lee, a journalist and reporter with 7News Melbourne, who has a keen interest in matters of gender equality and Jewish community engagement.

They'll cover topics such as:

  • Iris's experiences at Tel Aviv Rape Centre
  • Why she started Her Academy 
  • The importance of human rights + women’s empowerment work in the current times
  • The Law of Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services approved in Israel on July 2020

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 9 December

Time: 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Location: Free via Zoom

** This event is delivered as a free webinar. However, if you would like to make a donation to support NCJWA Vic's advocacy work, we would greatly appreciate it.

NB: Donations for advocacy are not tax deductible. **

Her Academy

"When Women Support Women, Wonderful Things Happen!"

Her Academy was founded by Stern Levi and Tal Hamoui Granot in 2016. Their vision is that every woman deserves the opportunity to earn a dignified wage, acquire a profession and build a new life for herself. The college's approach has been recognized as unique in the world and their ground breaking model provides vocational training and life skills for women seeking to return to the workforce after years in prostitution.

Turning the Tables

Together with Lilach Tzur, Iris established Turning the Tables in 2011. It is a vocational training project, business incubator and a social business for trafficked women and those exiting the cycles of addiction and prostitution.

Questions for the Q+A

We would be delighted to accept questions for our 2020 Fanny Reading lecturer prior to the event. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions on the night. Email us your questions -

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