Voices of Mornington Peninsula presents 'Strong Female Lead' Online Panel - 17 November 2021


A discussion of leadership, sexism and cultural change - from women who are leading the way.

Voices of Mornington Peninsula were excited to present STRONG FEMALE LEAD, an online panel discussion with the filmmaker of Strong Female Lead and a panel of women leaders.

Our panel included Strong Female Lead Writer & Director Tosca Looby, March4Justice Founder Janine Hendry and Women’s Rights Convenor Joanna Hayter, AO.

You can view the trailer here.

Watch Strong Female Lead on SBS ON DEMAND.

The panel

Tosca Looby – Writer/Director, Strong Female Lead

Over twenty years working in factual television, Tosca Looby has honed her storytelling skills on diverse and often difficult subjects, creating complicated thesis dependent works on issues including international child abduction, modern parenting and Asian poaching rings.

Her latest series featuring the work of Walkley award-winning journalist Jess Hill, ‘See What You Made Me Do’, has been called “one of the most important documentaries you’ll ever watch”. ‘Strong Female Lead’ is her original idea and passion project.


Janine Hendry – Founder, March4Justice

Janine is an explorer of places, people and ideas.

Most recently Janine founded the Women’s March4Justice. This campaign saw her manage the organisation of over 200 rallies across Australia bringing 110,000 women and their supporters out of their workplaces, their homes, and their schools to protest against gendered violence. Janine achieved this by amassing and managing a team of extraordinary volunteers who pulled off this feat over a period of 12 days. 


Joanna Hayter, AO

Joanna Hayter, was made an officer in the Order of Australia in January 2018, for 'Distinguished service to women in the areas of gender equality and individual rights through leadership and policy development roles, and to the promotion of global health, peace and security’.

Her career in international development, peace and security spans four continents and 31 countries. She’s been named one of Australia’s 100 women of influence (2013) and inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women (2016). She was the CEO of International Women’s Development Agency from 2010 - 2017.

Today, Joanna is a small business manager and founder of 'Garden Tonic' and the Women’s Rights Convener with Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program.


Voices of Mornington Peninsula 'Big Deal' Q&A - 19 September 2021

Following our exclusive online screening of 'Big Deal', participants joined for a live Q&A hosted by Voices of Mornington Peninsula.

Our MC for the Q&A was former ABC broadcaster and journalist Tracee Hutchison, with guests: film maker Craig Reucassel; ABC Foreign Correspondent Eric Campbell; and Warringah Independent MP Zali Steggall AOM.


Voices of Mornington Peninsula Online Launch - 19 June 2021

Did you join our online community forum to officially launch Voices of Mornington Peninsula? It was a great success with up to 200 attendees, and a palpable energy. 

Our online event began with an acknowledgment of country and yidaki performance by Lionel Lauch from Living Culture. The afternoon was expertly steered by Peninsula's own Tracee Hutchison, former ABC broadcaster and journalist. 

We were energised about the possible positive future for Australian politics and the many and complex factors holding us back as a country, by former Liberal Party Leader (1990-1994) John Hewson. 

Cathy McGowan, former member for Indi, gave us all a sense of hope about the possibilities of a truly representative Australian parliament and how independent federal candidates can lead these outcomes.

Louise Page, Voices of Mornington Peninsula Director and community campaigner, spoke about the strength of community in our local area and the successes that follow when we unite around shared values. Louise also gave an overview of Voices of Mornington Peninsula and our intentions for the movement.

We were also treated to some live music performed by local artist Tim Stout. Tim's cover of Patti Smith's 'People have the power' galvanised the spirit of the afternoon. 

Many thanks to all the hard work of the organisers, and for our guests for generously donating their time to our event.