In 1990 WATAC NSW decided to hold a celebratory luncheon at NSW Parliament House each year with a significant speaker addressing a meaningful theme. WATAC has always invited young people from schools to join us at this luncheon. It is always an informative and enjoyable event as well as a symbolic gesture, since women are gathering in the place of government where decisions are made and we are speaking out on issues which concern us as women.

The 2012 WATAC Luncheon at Parliament House was held on 9th May and our speaker Rosemary Breen addressed the theme ‘Acting Now to Change the Future’.

  • Read Rosemary’s talk ‘Acting Now to Change The Future’
  • Read a Report on the 2012 Luncheon
  • Check out photos of the 2012 Luncheon

Some of the speakers and themes they have addressed are:

  • Ilona Lee AM
    Theme: “A Voice We Need to Hear”
  • Professor Larissa Behrendt
    Theme: “Our Time is Now”
  • Bishop Pat Power
    Theme: “Futuring Now – Today’s Challenge”
  • Ann Gilroy rsj
    Theme: “Women Celebrating the Spirit”
  • Libby Rogerson (Loreto Sister) and Clare Arnott (Yr 11 Loreto Student)
    Theme: “Women Seen and Heard”
  • Geraldine Hawkes (Chair CACW)
    Theme: “Women of Hope and Vision”
  • Pauline Rae smsm and Hanade Tawil (Muslim Promoter of Inter-Faith Issues)
    Theme: “Women of Compassion and Peace”
  • Rosemary Breen
    Theme: “Cultivating Peace”
  • Patty Fawkner sgs
    Theme: “Women Can Change the World”
  • Shirley Wood
    Theme: “While Women are Exploited No Woman is Free”
  • Maree Kennedy and Therese Vassarotti
    Theme: “Speaking As If We Had the Strength of a Million Voices”

Some of these talks are available on our Resources page.

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