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Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration


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Celebrate International Women's Day with the Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration.


Held annually by Darebin City Council for over ten years, the Social Justice Oration is a tribute to Darebin resident Molly Hadfield OAM, who worked tirelessly to advance women’s and seniors rights.

This year’s oration is a partnership between FUSE, Darebin’s Equity and Wellbeing team and the Wheeler Centre. Held in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023, with the theme of #EmbraceEquity, the 2023 Oration celebrates shared resilience, reflection and commitment to justice through topical conversation and artistic performance.

The evening’s line-up includes artists and performers from the local multicultural, multidisciplinary arts community, as well as keynote speaker, Namila Benson, and our first teen orator, Zuva Goverwa.

Presented in partnership with FUSE


Wheelchair accessible

Assistive Listening

Auslan Interpreted

Accessible toilets available


Namila Benson

Namila Benson is a Naarm-based/PNG (Tolai) TV presenter, radio broadcaster and media producer at the ABC. Throughout her extensive and ongoing career, she’s worked across radio, television and digital platforms, including on Radio Australia and as a field reporter on ABC TV’s Sunday Arts and Art... Read more

Zuva Goverwa

Zuva is a passionate young creative, with a keen interest in music, writing and public speaking. Winner of the 2021 Plain English Speaking Award State Final, she is a strong believer in the power of young people to change the world – and the necessity of foregrounding their voices in conversat... Read more


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