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Jess Hill & Sanam Maher

Jess Hill and Sanam Maher, expert journalists on gendered abuse, come together in a cross cultural discussion to unpack male entitlement and female vulnerability.

Hosted by Gina Rushton.

In the Utzon Room

“We need to think about his actions as much as we think about hers”

Jess Hill

Getting to the roots of gendered abuse

Whatever country or culture you belong to, gendered abuse and violence is found across the world. In Australia, one in four women has experienced violence from a male intimate partner. In Pakistan, "honour killings", where women are killed by male relatives, are still occurring. Jess Hill's new book, See What You Made Me Do, is a four year investigation which focusses on the actions of the abusers rather than the victims has shifted the the national conversation. Sanam Maher's investigation into the 2016 murder of Pakistan's first female internet celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, is a fascinating and devastating look at violent patriarchal systems in Pakistan. Join these leading journalists for a cross cultural conversation about the universal emergency of violence against women. 

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Jess Hill

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed in Foreign Policy's Top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards.

Sanam Maher

Sanam Maher is a journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. For more than a decade, she has covered stories on Pakistan's art and culture, business, politics, religious minorities and women. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Caravan, Roads and Kingdoms and Buzzfeed. A Woman Like Her is her first book.

Gina Rushton

Gina Rushton is a reporter at BuzzFeed News where she covers issues that affect Australian women. She is a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Media Excellence Award winner and Australian Human Rights Commission media award finalist for her coverage of reproductive rights. Gina is an inaugural Our Watch fellow, a program administered by the Walkley Foundation to help improve reporting on violence against women and children. Gina has previously worked as a journalist for The Australian newspaper and her writing has been published in The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. Allen and Unwin and Brow Books have published her essays in anthologies.

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