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International Women’s Day: Power and Politics


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On International Women’s Day, join three powerhouse women for a galvanising conversation exploring politics and power through a global feminist lens.


On International Women’s Day, three powerhouse women come together for a galvanising conversation exploring politics and power through a global feminist lens.

Bestselling Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto has spoken around the world about women in leadership, the role of violence in politics and the challenges of democracy, sharing her personal experiences growing up in a political family shadowed by violence. Author, journalist and artist Shokoofeh Azar sought political asylum in Australia after being jailed three times in Iran while covering stories about Iranian social and human rights issues. Her novel The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the International Booker Prize.

With journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe, they’ll share their personal and professional experiences as creative women in public life. Together, they’ll interrogate the importance of freedom of speech and agency for women around the world, reflecting on the most pressing global issues affecting women and how feminist innovation can create a better, equal future.


Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.


This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


Wheelchair accessible

Accessible toilets available

Auslan Interpreted

Open Captions

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Official Bookseller

The official bookseller for this event is Amplify Bookstore.


Shokoofeh Azar

Shokoofeh Azar is an Iranian-Australian journalist and author, living in Australia since 2010 as an asylum seeker. She is the author of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree which was published in 2017 by Wild Dingo Press in Melbourne. This debut novel was nominated for the International Booker pr... Read more

Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up between Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, was long listed for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the memoir about her father’s... Read more

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a filmmaker, historian and author, whose work explores settler colonialism, slavery, and post-colonial migration in Australia. Chingaipe’s first book of non-fiction detailing the untold stories of convicts of African descent is forthcoming, and the critically acclaimed and aw... Read more


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