SHIBANO Kiyosaku<br/>
<em>To the sea</em> (1930) <!-- (recto) --><br />
<em>(Umi-e 海へ)</em><br />
poster: colour woodblock<br />
91.0 x 62.0 cm (image and sheet)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2018<br />
2018.1506<br />


Asia Society at NGV: Disrupting Gender Bias in the Region Disruptive Asia: Women and Girls Launch

Thu 15 Sep 22, 5.30pm–8pm

SHIBANO Kiyosaku<br/> <em>To the sea</em> (1930) <!-- (recto) --><br /> <em>(Umi-e 海へ)</em><br /> poster: colour woodblock<br /> 91.0 x 62.0 cm (image and sheet)<br /> National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br /> Purchased NGV Foundation, 2018<br /> 2018.1506<br /> <!--138257-->
Past program

Free entry

NGV International

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter north entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt)
Ground Level

Hearing loops and accessible seating are available.

Asia Society Australia and NGV present a special after-hours event at NGV International to launch Asia Society’s Disruptive Asia Publication – Women and Girls edition.

How are women and girls disrupting status quos across the Asia Pacific region? Why is empowering women and girls essential to Australia?

Advancing women’s equality in countries across Asia Pacific unleashes new opportunities for economic growth and social development. Yet, deep-rooted gender biases dampen our regional efforts to promote women’s empowerment and threaten the “foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world”.

Celebrate women who are breaking biases across three key pillars – economic, political, and social. Through shared stories, we will delve into the current challenges of being female and what still needs to be done to help women realise their full potential.

Includes an opportunity to view NGV’s Asian Art Collection from 5.30pm, with the discussion taking place from 6–7pm.

Following the discussion, audiences are invited to continue the conversation with our guest speakers at an intimate cocktail reception until 8pm.


Yasmin Poole is an award-winning board director and youth advocate. She is Plan International’s National Ambassador and champions the importance of young women being heard in Australia’s political conversations. She has also appeared on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project. Yasmin is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity and YWCA, a national feminist organisation that has supported women and girls for 140 years. Yasmin’s other advocacy work includes being the former Chair of the Victorian Government’s Youth Congress, representing over 1 million Australians, and speaking at forums like APEC and the G20. In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians. In 2021 she was named The Martin Luther King Jr Center’s Youth Influencer of the Year and became the youngest ever inductee into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.


Sunita Lewis is Curatorial Project Officer, Asian Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). She contributes to the thoughtful development and management of the NGV’s Collection and helps to present Asian art to a broad audience through exhibitions and displays. The NGV’s Asian Art collection aims to inform and inspire a greater understanding of the region’s cultural and artistic practices, charting more than five thousand years of history, from the ceramics and jades of the Neolithic age to the work of leading contemporary artists and designers. Sunita has practiced as an illustrator and artist for several years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). More recently, she completed a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation degree at the University of Melbourne, while participating in a range of collection and exhibition management projects.

Div Pillay is CEO and Co-Founder of MindTribes and an experienced and respected diversity and inclusion practitioner, leader, researcher and advocate for over 25 years. Her speciality focus is on race and cultural inclusion, and is backed by her personal experience of living under racially segregated apartheid laws, before migrating to Australia; and her behavioural psychology background. Div leads, MindTribes and social enterprise, Culturally Diverse Women (CDW). She is also the Chair of the D&I Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce, Australia and is a Board Director at VicHealth. Prior to founding MindTribes in 2012, Div held senior human resource leader roles, working across Africa, Australia and Asia. Div’s impact is well recognized – she is one of the 100 Women of Influence, named by the Australian Financial Review, 2018; she is recognised by AACSB, the world’s largest business education alliance as one of two Australians in a Global List of 25 Influential leaders in 2021; and she has recently won the SME Business Leader of the Year in the Outstanding Leadership Awards, in July, 2022.

Robyn Mudie is First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Australian Ambassador to Vietnam (2019-2022). She has previously served overseas as Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives (2012-16); Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Geneva); First Secretary, UN Permanent Mission, New York; and Second Secretary, Hanoi. In Canberra Mudie was the inaugural Executive Director of the DFAT Diplomatic Academy (2016-2018) and has served as Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy Branch; Assistant Secretary, Information Resources Branch; and Director, Strategic Policy Section. She holds a Master of Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Hull; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Adelaide; and a Graduate Diploma (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from the Australian National University (ANU). Mudie is a Vietnamese speaker who has studied Vietnamese at the RAAF School of Languages (1992), the Foreign Languages School, Hanoi (1993) and the Diplomatic Academy (2019).

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