Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex and feminist activists to address a Melbourne Social Change Conference

A Climate Change Social Change Conference, in Melbourne on September 30 – October 3, will host many feminists and LGBTI activists from around the world, and from within Australia.

Leading grass-roots feminist speakers from Cambodia, Pakistan and Malaysia are traveling to Melbourne to address the Conference.

Ly Pisey is one of three young women speakers from Cambodia. She is passionately working for Social Action for Change (SAC)—an informal group that supports grassroots efforts, particularly advocacy and women’s empowerment. Her main role is to work with the Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), the sex worker’s collective advocating for the right to work and improve their livelihood.

Pisey is also a member of Cambodian Women’s Movement for Social Justice and a volunteer at the Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) working to mobilising lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender (LGBT) people in Cambodia and to raise issues of LGBT, to help Cambodian society have better understanding. Sao Sopheap is another young Cambodian woman working with SAC who will attend and speak at the Conference. Chrek Sophea had been working in a clothing factory until 2005 when she began working for the Womyn’s Agenda for Change (WAC). She will also address the Conference.

From Malaysia, fiery activist Angeline Loh will share her experience fighting for the rights of 100,000 refugees trapped in Malaysia. A veteran campaigner for human rights, Loh has turned her attention to fighting the Gillard governments failed ‘Malaysian solution’ program.

Sonia Qadir is a young woman, active in the fights for wage justice and women’s rights in Pakistan. She is a spokesperson Justice Project Pakistan – an organization fighting for gender and wage justice.

A workshop ‘Global movement for LGBTI rights’ will take place at the Conference with speakers Ly Pisey, Sally Goldner (TransGender Victoria), Simba C Kennedy (YGen), Rachel Evans (Socialist Alliance, equal marriage campaigner).

Come hear these speaker at the Climate Change – Social Change Conference along with
John Bellamy Foster (US); Ian Angus (Canada); S. Arultchelvan, Joethi Sahadevan (Malaysia); Farooq Tariq (Pakistan); Sue Bradford (Aotearoa/NZ); Alex Bhathal (Greens Victoria); Aran Vaganam; Drew Hutton (Lock the Gate); Ben Courtice; Bob McMahon (Tasmanians Against Pulp Mill); Brianna Pike; Cam Walker & Jim Green (Friends of the Earth); Dave Holmes; Gemma Weedall; Graham Matthews; Greg Adamson; Dr Hans Baer; Jay Fletcher; Jess Moore; Dotty Bamblet; Kamala Emanuel; Dr Ken Coghill; Dianne Stokes and Kylie Sambo (Muckaty traditional owners); Nat Wasley; Nic Maclellan; Peter Karamoskos; Pip Hinman; Reham Maklad; Samah Sabawi; Sam Wainwright; Sam Watson; Simon Butler; Simon Cunich; Sue Bolton; Susan Price; Timothy Lawson; Tony Iltis; Trent Hawkins; Zane Alcorn; Dave Kerin; Australia-Asia Worker Links,

Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011 from 7pm on Friday
Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne University and VictoriaTrades Hall corner Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton South

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Green Left Weekly (03) 9639 8622 Rachel Evans 0432 257 723 Peter Boyle 0401760577

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