Sanctioned violence: what does it do to our society and relationships? That’s the title of an address Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters, will deliver in Sydney next month.
Clare’s address is part of “RightsTalk”, a series of public discussions on topical human rights issues hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Previous guest speakers in 2014 have included Juliana Nkrumah AM, Mabel Mali Isoli, the Hon Fred Chaney AO, Professor David Kinley, Tarik Abdulhak and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.
In her address, Clare will reflect on what underlies violence in human relationships and our interactions with one another.
“Here in Sydney, each morning, the media reports on the preceding night’s acts of violence and as a society we rightly deplore such criminal acts. Yet, some violence is sanctioned – on sports arenas, in films, electronic games and in the home,” said Clare.
“Violence is not only physical it can also be emotional and psychological. It erodes the fabric of a civilised society and our human interactions.”
In December last year, Clare was awarded the 2013 Human Rights Medal. She is an educator, advocate and administrator with a strong focus on the needs of those most disadvantaged in society and on the Catholic Church’s social justice mission.
Clare has been a member of the Good Samaritan Sisters for over 40 years and its leader since 2005. From 2008 until 2010 she was the elected President of Catholic Religious Australia, the peak body for more than 180 religious congregations of sisters, brothers and priests in Australia. Prior to her election as leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters in 2005, Clare was Chancellor for Stewardship of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
“RightsTalk” is free and open to the general public, but spaces are limited to 100.
Presenter: Sister Clare Condon SGS
Topic: “Sanctioned violence: what does it do to our society and relationships?”
Date: Wednesday August 13, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney