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Amidst the stature and elegance of The Establishment Ballroom, we invite you to join us for the very first High Tea to be hosted on Sunday 12 November in Sydney.

Between sips of perfectly blended tea, mouthfuls of deliciously handcrafted sweet treats and playful fundraising antics, we begin our exploration of the very serious issue of forced and early marriage in Australia.

Forced and early marriage affects millions of girls, women (and boys) globally, and unfortunately Australia is no exception. You will hear from a panel of three experienced speakers offering their unique perspectives on the issue and how we can address it.

This event is an opportunity for men, women and children to come together to learn and grow as a community, for without the respect of all who live and love, we will not see change.

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Venue:                        The Establishment Ballroom, Sydney

Time:                           1pm – 4pm

Ticket Price:         $95 per person | $85 for children*

                                          $720 for a table of 8

Inclusions:             Glass of champagne on arrival PLUS                                               tea, coffee and a delicious display of                                               sweet and savoury treats

Attire:                        Your Sunday Best 

* Please note, children must be over the age of 12 and accompanied by an adult.


MEET OUR PANELISTS

LAURA VIDAL National Projects Co-ordinator at The Freedom Partnership- to end modern slavery and early & forced marriage specialist Laura Vidal is a Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy, a Churchill Fellow and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. For eight years, she has dedicated her time to supporting men, women and children who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia, with a current focus on developing best practice solutions for individuals facing early and forced marriage. She worked as a social worker developing and delivering support programs to survivors at The Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House for four years, before taking on the position of National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership-to End Modern Slavery in 2014. During this time, Laura also travelled to Jordan on assignment with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to provide technical assistance and training for government, embassies and community organisations working with exploited migrant domestic workers.

LAURA VIDAL

National Projects Co-ordinator at The Freedom Partnership- to end modern slavery and early & forced marriage specialist

Laura Vidal is a Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy, a Churchill Fellow and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

For eight years, she has dedicated her time to supporting men, women and children who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia, with a current focus on developing best practice solutions for individuals facing early and forced marriage.

She worked as a social worker developing and delivering support programs to survivors at The Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House for four years, before taking on the position of National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership-to End Modern Slavery in 2014.

During this time, Laura also travelled to Jordan on assignment with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to provide technical assistance and training for government, embassies and community organisations working with exploited migrant domestic workers.

HELEN THURLOE Writer | Poet | Author Helen is an award-winning Australian writer. Promising Azra is her first novel, and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016. Based on extensive research, interviews, legal cases and anecdotes, the story explores the issue of forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, through the eyes of a fictional girl, Azra Ajmal.  Azra is a sixteen-year-old with a particular talent for science, whose final years of high school are derailed when she learns she is about to be married to a cousin overseas. Promising Azra was shortlisted for a 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Helen has worked in many fields, from politics to PR, and has also taught creative writing to students at Birrong Girls High School in Sydney. Her poems, essays and blogs have won various national awards. Helen is currently working on her second novel, about women and malaria in 18th Century England.  

HELEN THURLOE

Writer | Poet | Author

Helen is an award-winning Australian writer.

Promising Azra is her first novel, and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016. Based on extensive research, interviews, legal cases and anecdotes, the story explores the issue of forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, through the eyes of a fictional girl, Azra Ajmal. 

Azra is a sixteen-year-old with a particular talent for science, whose final years of high school are derailed when she learns she is about to be married to a cousin overseas. Promising Azra was shortlisted for a 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Helen has worked in many fields, from politics to PR, and has also taught creative writing to students at Birrong Girls High School in Sydney.

Her poems, essays and blogs have won various national awards. Helen is currently working on her second novel, about women and malaria in 18th Century England.

 

OUR THIRD PANELIST IS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

OUR THIRD PANELIST IS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

Watch a recent video produced by SBS Viceland on the 1 August 2017 to learn about the issue as it affects girls living in Sydney.

OUR SPONSORS

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OUR SUPPORTING BRANDS

We would like to thank the many companies and brands that have generously donated products, services or their time to help make the day an unforgettable experience.

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WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO

All proceeds from the event will be donated to our Australian Impact Partner, The Salvation Army's Trafficking and Slavery Safe House

The Safe House was established in 2008 in response to growing concern about the increasing number of women being brought to Australia for the purpose of exploitation and slavery across a range of industries. Since that time an increasing number of girls and young women have been seeking support in an effort to escape forced or early marriage. 

Women and young girls are assisted to overcome extreme disadvantage through a comprehensive supported accommodation service, complex case management and given help to navigate complex systems and social structures.

Case managers work with individuals to empower and strengthen their abilities, working toward a full realisation of their human rights. The Safe House simultaneously advocates for systemic change to decrease the barriers faced by individuals following exploitation; utilising a unique survivor led movement to do this.

Case Managers resource and guide clients to learn living skills, navigate complex legal and migration situations and break down language, employment and education barriers—in turn reducing vulnerability to further exploitation

"Leaving my home and family was a very difficult decision to make. I felt lonely and did not know what I was doing, but I knew I owed it to myself to have a life that I am proud of and makes me happy."

"I still miss my family and hope that one day they will be different, but I know that I will be ok if they are not."  

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