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Advocating for Change... in conversation with Manasi Pradhan, Nathaniel M. Fields, Rosie Batty AO, and Dr Ghada Hatem-Gantzer.

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Women for Women France invites you to an interprofessional discussion on shifting cultural attitudes towards domestic abuse and advocating for change to domestic violence laws and services. This event will be the first in a series of international conferences, bringing together leading experts from around the world to exchange ideas and lessons learnt.

In this first conference, we will enter into detailed discussions with Manasi Pradhan (India), Nathaniel M. Fields (USA), Rosie Batty AO (Australia), and Dr Ghada Hatem-Gantzer (France), four renowned and celebrated leaders in their respective countries for their outstanding contributions through advocacy, services, and work in domestic violence.

The event will be hosted by Sarah McGrath, CEO of Women for Women France.

Discussions will be in English. A simultaneous live interpretation option in French will be provided by WFWF translators. 

The event will be held via Zoom webinar due to travel restrictions. Zoom link details will be sent to participants the day prior to the event.


Rosie Batty AO  l Domestic Violence Campaigner 

Rosie Batty AO knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence and had intervention and custody orders in place, in an effort to protect herself and her son.

Rosie became an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, which led her to be named Australian of the Year in January 2015. Since then, Rosie has made the most of her position of influence, campaigning and advocating for necessary systemic and attitudinal change, to address the family violence epidemic.

Before her shift to focus on less public-facing advocacy work, Rosie ran the Never Alone campaign through the Luke Batty Foundation. Never Alone led the push for a national change in conversation around family violence to put victims at the centre of all decisions. The campaign also helped deliver several key policy changes around family law issues and respectful relationships education.

Rosie was also Chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council for the Victorian Government, which was in response to the country’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Fortune Magazine named Rosie as one of its top 50 world’s greatest leaders and Rosie was voted the most influential person in the Not for Profit sector on Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list in both 2015 and 2016. She has also been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Rosie received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to raising national awareness and action concerning Family Violence and in 2019 received an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.

She is a Patron for the Australian Childhood Foundation and Doncare Community Services, and is also a Board Director for The Royal Women’s Hospital.

Nathaniel M. Fields  l CEO Urban Research Institute

As Chief Executive Officer of Urban Resource Institute (URI), Nathaniel M. Fields is responsible for leading the organisation’s long-and short-term strategy and the implementation of its vision and mission.

Informed by two decades of practical work and achievement in social and human services, Nathaniel has spearheaded the transformation of URI in size, scope and services for vulnerable populations in New York City, particularly victims of domestic violence. Since taking the helm of the organisation in 2012, he has transformed it into a dynamic, multi-service agency, nearly tripling the budget and building it into the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country.

Under his leadership, Nathaniel has focused on innovation, exemplified by his advancement of groundbreaking programs focused on prevention as well as services, such as People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), Legal Education Advocacy Program (LEAP), Working Internship Network (WIN), Abusive Partner Intervention Program (APIP), and Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) targeting youth and teens. To further his vision, Nathaniel is committed to a Culture of Excellence and an environment with data-driven, measurable outcomes.

Nathaniel serves in leadership roles for numerous organisations and councils, including: the Board of the Human Services Council; NYC Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services 2020 Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council on “reopening” New York City;  the special COVID-19 domestic violence task force of the New York State Council on Women and Girls; the COVID-19 Response Work Group of the New York City Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV); the Fatality Review Committee of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; and the New York City Mayor’s Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council.  He has led the New York City Coalition of Domestic Violence Residential Providers as co-chair for over ten years, and in 2019 was named to the New York City and State “Nonprofit Power 100” list.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a focus on black and Hispanic studies and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, and completed an executive leadership and certificate program in the not-for-profit sector at New York University. Born and raised in New York, Nathaniel has firsthand knowledge of the challenges affecting New York’s most vulnerable communities, as well as the positive work being done to effect structural changes. Working directly with marginalised groups, Nathaniel has seen that when investments are made in communities, they can thrive. At URI, Nathaniel enjoys being part of a community of people committed to improving the lives of others. When asked to identify his vision for URI, he states, “Hope is at the cornerstone of everything we do.”

Manasi Pradhan I Women's Rights Activist

Manasi Pradhan is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the 21st century global feminist movement. She is frequently featured among World’s top activists and authors by prestigious international publications and organisations. In 2016, the New York based Bustle (magazine) named her among 20 most inspiring Feminists Authors and Activists along with Nobel Prize winners Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchu, Malala Yousafzai, Betty Friedan, Naomi Klein, Angela Davis, Kate Millett, and Gloria Steinem. In 2017, the Los Angeles based Welker Media Inc. named her among 12 most powerful feminist change makers. For her exemplary work in the field of women empowerment and preventing gender based violence across the urban and rural spaces in India she has been awarded with the Presidential award (Rashtrapati Award) in India among others. 

She is the founder of Nirbhaya Vahini, Nirbhaya Samaroh, and OYSS Women. She has served on the panel of Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) for India and Inquiry Committee of the National Commission for Women.

Dr Ghada Hatem-Gantzer  l Founder of La Maison des Femmes

Dr Ghada Hatem-Gantzer is an obstetrician-gynecologist, former Head of Clinic for Hôpitaux de Paris, and founder of La Maison des Femmes.

Born in Lebanon, having studied at the Lycée Français in Beirut, she moved to Paris to study medicine in 1977. Dr Hatem-Gantzer then went on to hold the position of Head of Department at the Bluets Maternity and Delafontaine Hospitals and worked at the military maternity department at Bégin Hospital, which allowed her to understand different organisational methods.

Anxious to offer patients the most complete care, Dr Hatem-Gantzer created the first center for medically assisted procreation at the Bluets Maternity Hospital in 1996, then a second centre at Delafontaine Hospital in 2012 where she established a female genital mutilation (FGM) treatment unit, with 14% of maternity patients identified as victims of FGM. Dr Hatem-Gantzer also established a breast cancer care unit in partnership with Institut Curie.

Knowing the significant health impacts of gender-based violence (GBV), and convinced that gynecologists and midwives are best placed to provide care, in July 2016 Dr Hatem-Gantzer founded La Maison des Femmes in Saint-Denis, the first health care facility dedicated to holistic care and management for survivors of GBV.

The Maison des Femmes has been celebrated for its impact, recognised by an IGAS audit in 2017, awarded the Peace Prize by the Brussels University Hospital in 2017, and the European Citizen Prize in 2018. Dr Hatem-Gantzer has also received the Simone Veil Prize from the Île de France region in 2019.


Sarah McGrath l CEO Women for Women France 

Drawing on a career in project delivery and finance, Sarah McGrath developed Women for Women France and rapidly advanced its mission of assisting foreign-born people confronted with domestic violence in France.

Acutely aware of the social, economic, administrative, and legal disadvantages that confront foreign-born people facing domestic violence in France, Sarah has focused on developing programs to address these intersectional factors which impede the different pathways from domestic violence to safety and independence. Sarah has become the leading voice for inclusion through language accessibility, advocating for all services to be made available to all people confronted with domestic violence, regardless of their French language proficiency.

Born and raised in Australia to a refugee-immigrant family, and now an immigrant herself in France, Sarah understands some of the challenges multicultural communities can face in both the French and Australian contexts. 

With a background in sustainability and climate policy, Sarah has been recognised for her expertise in integrating sustainable development goals into organisational strategies, having been invited to speak at European Commission events where she discussed the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster innovation in sustainable development.

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