Prime Minister Conference Program

Please click here to view the program outline*

The program is designed to include a range of engaging formats in which to explore the themes of the conference:

  • Keynote addresses from international and Australian experts
  • Keynote addresses from government advisers and policymakers
  • Pre-Conference Masterclasses with keynote speakers
  • Interactive Panels stimulating thought, debate and discussion
  • Workshops with sector innovators

A new research paper by Professor Donna Chung, Understanding the Statistics about Male Violence against Women, has been launched in the lead up to the International White Ribbon Conference. It  reviews the various statistics concerning male violence against women in Australia and can be read here.

*Program outline is subject to change, please check back for updates.

   Social Program 


Welcome Reception
The Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Army are proud to host the conference Welcome Reception on board HMAS Choules at Garden Island, Sydney.  Transport to and from Doltone House will be provided. Photo identification will be required for security purposes. Dress code: smart dress. We advise female guests to be aware that due to the nature of the flight deck, high heeled shoes may present a trip hazard and flat shoes are recommended.

After a full program of social policy debates and forums on prevention strategies and goals, catch up with fellow delegates for an evening of entertainment, relaxation and a delicious meal. White Ribbon Ambassador, ABC Local Radio NT and Grandstand commentator, Charlie King, will MC the evening and White Ribbon Ambassador and Seven Network presenter Andrew O'Keefe, will join us as guest speaker. Dress code: smart dress.

 Keynote Speakers 

The conference will feature innovative and powerful presentations from field leaders, and our esteemed keynote speakers include:                  


Dr Michael Kaufman (Canada): Keynote Title: ‘Men and Primary Prevention: Our Future Has No Violence Against Women - Global to Local.’

Dr Kaufman is an educator, writer, and consultant, renowned for his innovative approaches to engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and transforming their lives. He has worked extensively with the United Nations and with governments, non-governmental organisations, corporations, professional firms, trade unions, universities and colleges. He is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign.


Dr Jackson Katz (United States): Keynote Title ‘Preventing Men's Violence as a Political Priority.’

Dr Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally recognised for his groundbreaking work in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He is co-founder of the mixed-gender, multiracial Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in university and professional athletics in North America, as well as in all branches of the U.S. military.  He is also one of the original architects of the popular "bystander" approach to prevention in school, sport, and military cultures.


Dr Michael Flood (Australia): Keynote Title: 'Involving men in ending violence against women is hard - facing challenges and making change.'

Dr Flood is a researcher, educator, and activist. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and his research addresses men’s violence against women and its prevention, heterosexual men’s sexualities, fathering, and pornography. Dr Flood made a significant contribution to both scholarship on and community understanding of violence against women. He has published a wide variety of papers on violence against women, men’s roles in prevention, and a range of other topics. Dr Flood also is a trainer, community educator and activist. He has worked with sporting organizations, community services, and governments, participated in international expert meetings, and contributed to social change campaigns.

Other keynote speakers include:
Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie AC DSC CSM (retired) 
White Ribbon Chair
Andrew O'Keefe
White Ribbon Ambassador and Seven Network Presenter
Libby Davies
White Ribbon Australia
Heather Nancarrow
Director, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
Liz Forsyth
Lead Partner, Social Policy, KPMG
Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards AO
Chair, Centre for Excellence to Reduce Violence against Women