Public Lecture: Getting Things Done!

Lecture by Sutapa Hawlader
Sutapa Howlader has been based in the West Bank for the past year as the technical adviser for ActionAid in Palestine, where she worked on the Empowering Women in Hebron Governorate project.

The EWHG project was based around building women’s grassroots advocacy on denial of rights such as inheritance, early marriage, domestic violence and the right to work.

Ms Howlader specialises in building community capacity and advocacy for mental health as well as gender based violence and public health initiatives.  She will draw on her experiences to examine community planning and development, asking what works and why.

In her presentation, Ms Howlander will draw on her experiences in Geneva, Fiji, the Northern Territory and the Middle East to explore how community planning and development can meet community needs.

‘Community development professionals around the globe are working on projects to improve individual and community lives, tackling issues that challenge our societies the most,’ she said. 

‘At the same time every culture, indeed every community, is unique. So we must ask ourselves if successful projects from one culture be recreated in another.’ 

Ms Howlader says that when community planning and development is done well it can transform lives.  

‘Magic happens and things get done when you have the right people, regardless of how many sophisticated social planning tools you may create.’ 

Sutapa Howlader will deliver the La Trobe University Arts and Planning Forum, Community Development: Getting Things Done! on 17 October 2013 at the Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo from 6pm

This rare insight into the international world of community development is not to be missed. All welcome on Thursday 17 October 2013 at the Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo from 6pm. Registration is essential as seats are limited. Please contact or 5444 7766. 


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