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Women Making A Difference: How to lead a successful social impact campaign

  • One Roof 81 City Road Southbank Australia (map)
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How can we affect change for good as individuals and as communities? How do activists and campaigners get started and maintain momentum? What does it take to start and lead a social impact campaign?

These are questions many of us ask and this event is a chance for you to get to know the ins and outs of how to run a successful social impact campaign so that you can take action today.

In collaboration with not-for-profit and social enterprise crowdfunding platform, we’re hosting a special event to share the stories and insights of effective social impact campaigners. We’ve brought together three amazing speakers—involved across campaigns for refugee rights, gender equality and the LGBTQI community—to share the biggest challenges they’ve faced, lessons learnt along the way and advice for those wanting to enact change. If you’ve ever wanted to do more but aren’t sure how to get started, or you’re looking for others to join you on the journey, this is a must-attend.

This is an accessible and Auslan interpreted event.

Get your tickets here.

About the speakers


Fadak Alfayadh

Community lawyer, writer, gender equality and refugee rights advocate

Fadak is the head of Meet Fadak: a campaign for a cohesive, united and embracing Australia. Fadak has worked in community law in upholding human rights and ensuring access to legal services for those marginalised. Fadak has previously worked in refugee rights advocacy as well as in settlement services. She has also worked in refugee camps in Jordan and the West Bank, and consulted with NGOs in Indonesia and Turkey around effective refugee settlement. Fadak is an international and local speaker and commentator, and has had her work featured in Al Jazeera, The Age, ABC, VICE Au, SBS, New Matilda, RightNow & Catalogue. Read more about Fadak by clicking here.

Ramya Prabhakaran

Community advocate at Palmera

Ramya is a young person on a mission. While eventually she wants to found her own social cause, she knew that she could learn a great deal by becoming an ally for another. In 2016 at 21 years old she began exploring how to make a difference amongst the Sri Lankan communities that both her husband and Ramya share heritage with. 3 weeks later she’d engaged a movement of 200 young people to raise $30,000 to support a microloan scheme for women escaping domestic violence in Sri Lanka. Ramya has since travelled to Sri-lanka twice to build her skills and knowledge of how to support the community development initiatives she has helped fund.

Shannon Driscoll

Executive Director and Co-Founder of GirlsRock!

Shannon Driscoll is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the registered charity GirlsRock! Melbourne (GR!M), whose primary aim is to address gender inequity in the music industry through the education and empowerment of female, trans and gender diverse youth aged 10-17. Shannon has a BA and Graduate Diploma in Psychology/Art Therapy, Certificate III in Small Business Management, and a background in volunteer coordination, event work, academic research, tutoring, and catering. Shannon played lead guitar for five years in former 60s garage girl group The Reprobettes, and currently plays guitar, drums, and backing vocals, respectively, in The Beat Taboo, Blowers, and Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls.