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Happy International Women’s Day! David and Sue talk to Ro Allen, Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner who talks about being the commissioner, International Women’s Day 2019 with a particular focus on trans women and employment opportunities, chillout festival and the religious exemptions changes. Ro also talks about the work being done on family violence issues within the LGBTI community. Ro also picks four favourite inspirational women but you’ll have to #ListenNow to find out who they are!

Ro Allen was appointed Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner in 2015. The Commissioner will champion the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians within the Government.

Ro is an effective, experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTI Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors. They have been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI  Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009. As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving them a particular understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas. Ro currently chairs the Adult, Community and Further Education Board and is a former Chair of the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and former member of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee.

They have been recognised for their community service: in 2003 they received a Centenary Medal and in 2009 they were inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll.

 

About the author: Pete

 

Pete helps JOY with podcast coordination and is the podcaster for the "David & Sue" drivetime show and the GLLO show and a daytime MMUMM presenter on JOY...

 

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