Conference / Keynote Speakers
The keynote speakers were:
- Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand)
- Geetanjali Misra (India)
- Sunil Babu Pant MP (Nepal)
- Annette Xiberras (Australia)
- Professor Marilyn Waring (New Zealand)
- Elizabeth Kerekere (New Zealand)
- Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann M.N.Z.M, J.P (New Zealand)
- Grace Poore (Malaysia)
- Roger To'oto'oalii Stanley (Western Samoa)
- Phylesha Brown-Acton (New Zealand)
Vitit Muntarbhorn, Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, won the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education in 2004, and since that year has been United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea.
With a powerful international reputation, he is a member of the Asia Pacific Forum's Advisory Council of Jurists. He was co-chair of the experts' meeting developing The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Geetanjali Misra is co-founder and Executive Director of CREA, an international feminist human rights organization. She has worked in issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights and violence against women.
She co-founded SAKHI, an NGO in New York committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin. She is on the International Advisory Board for the Global Fund for Women, Cordaid, and on the Board of Directors of Reproductive Health Matters (U.K), Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice (Netherlands), and Mama Cash (Netherlands).
Sunil is an openly gay Member of Parliament in Nepal. He was petitioner of the writ to the Supreme Court against the Government of Nepal demanding that it defend and protect the equal rights of LGBTI people in Nepal. This resulted in the Court making the historic decision to protect and defend LGBTI rights.
Sunil is founder and Executive Director of the Blue Diamond Society, an NGO working on Human Rights, Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS in Nepal.
Sunil's participation is made possible by funding from Rainbow Wellington.
Annette Xiberras is an elder of the Wurundjeri people, whose traditional lands cover the area now known as Melbourne. Since her early 20s, Annette's work has encompassed archaeological investigations, cultural heritage management and protection, reburials, and the preservation of cultural knowledge passed on by her elders. Her standing recently saw her elected as Co-Chair of the Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group, which represents all Traditional Owners across Victoria.
A gay woman who came out in the 1970s, Annette now runs the first, and currently the only, cultural heritage consultancy owned by an indigenous woman in Australia. She and her late partner Cathy Adams have two young children.
Marilyn Waring is a Professor of Public Policy at AUT University, New Zealand. Internationally known for her work in political economy, development assistance and human rights, Marilyn has worked in many countries. She was elected to New Zealand Parliament at the age of 23, and served 3 terms.
She has been a director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and a member of Creative New Zealand. She is treasurer of the Association for Women's Rights in Development and a lay member of the New Zealand Board of Judicial Studies.
She has authored and edited many books, and received one of New Zealand's highest honours, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), for services to women and economics.
Elizabeth has been active in Maori and LGBTFIQ communities for over 20 years with a particular focus on the health and well-being of takat?pui (New Zealand Maori LGBTI people) and queer youth. She has managed her own consultancy in Treaty of Waitangi Relations, founded T?whanawhana in 2001 as a support, advisory and kapahaka group for takat?pui, represented takat?pui on the Lesbian & Gay Archive of New Zealand Board , and run the Maori programmes at OUT THERE! Queer Youth Development Project. Elizabeth is about to embark on the first-ever PhD focused on takat?pui, at Victoria University, Wellington.
Born in Samoa, Karl has a national profile in the Pacific Island community in New Zealand as a pioneering advocate for the health and well-being of Pacific peoples.
He was the first Pacific person to represent Pacific people on the Mental Health Commission. He was founding Trustee of the Pacific Island AIDS Trust, founding Council Member for Manawatu Tangata Pasefika Council, and Mafutaga A Uso Fa'afafine ma Aiga. He was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for his contribution to Public Health.
Grace Poore is the Regional Programme Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. She has been working to end domestic violence and child sexual abuse in the U.S. for over 20 years, and has been recognized for her work by the Sunshine Lady Peace Foundation. Grace has written, directed and produced documentaries that have screened in 18 countries, and won the 2000 Rosebud Award and 2001 Creating A Voice Award.
Grace's participation is made possible by funding from Rainbow Wellington
Roger is known for his human rights activism and advocacy on issues affecting Faafafine and Faatamaloa in Samoa and the Pacific Region.
He is the founder and inaugural President of Samoa Faafafine Association Inc (SFA Inc) since its inception in 2006 as well as a founding member and the Samoan representative on the Pacific Sexually Diversity Network (PSDN). He is also a co- founding Member of the Samoa Aids Foundation (SAF) and was a Board Member for two consecutive terms. He is the Pacific Region rep on the ILGA Board and recently attended and presented a paper to the Human Rights and Gender Identity Conference in Barcelona.
Roger has held the titles of Miss Draq Queen 1994, Miss Tutti Frutti 2006 and Miss Love Life Pacifica 2009. Roger?s passion and future goal is working towards building SFA Inc organisation to become a stronger and better NGO in Samoa and their issues and voices to be included in every laws and legislations and in national plans at the national level.
Roger's�participation is�made possible by funding from�the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Phylesha is Niuean, Cook Island, Samoan and P?keh?. She is a professional Polynesian cultural entertainer, is descended from a line of master weavers and has used and extended this knowledge to produce costumes in the Miss South Pacific beauty pageants from 1995-2000. She has won major awards in several categories at these events.
Phylesha works for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation on their HIV Prevention response for Pacific Peoples. She uses an evidence-based model that builds healthy and strong social environments, and develops strong and supportive communities. She also focuses on peer leadership and developing skills in community members to deliver services and programmes within their own communities
Phylesha's participation is�made possible by funding from�the Kingdom of the Netherlands.