Businesswoman delivers memorial lecture 


Darwin businesswoman Penni Tastula will deliver the Alicia Johnson memorial lecture at the International Women’s Day Colloquium at Charles Darwin University on March 10.

Ms Tastula has been a leading figure in the Territory tourism industry for many years, and is a nominee for the annual Tribute award announced as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations.

She is a director of the Northern Gateway travel firm and a member of the CDU Foundation.

Ms Tastula will talk about her life and career in delivering the lecture, which honours the memory of lawyer Alicia Johnson, a passionate advocate and activist for women’s rights who campaigned against domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Colloquium will feature a series of guest speakers who will talk about their own lives and experiences in Building 39 on the Casuarina campus.

Among the issues explored will be Aboriginal identity, memories of a suffragette grandmother and women’s peace-keeping efforts in major war zones. Although the lectures will be delivered by women, the series is designed to appeal to both men and women.

The Colloquium will be opened at 9.10am by Hon. Marion Scrymgour, Minister for Women’s Policy. It will run until 2pm.

A free lunch will be provided in the Chinese gardens behind Building 39. Entry is free.