Two leading Melbourne women join the Victorian International Women’s Day Honour Roll

March 16 / 177

Cathy Humphreys (left) and Mary Kenneally
Cathy Humphreys (left) and Mary Kenneally

Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work at the University, and Mary Kenneally, researcher and teacher in the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, were inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women on International Women’s Day recently.

They join more than 550 outstanding women who have been inducted to the Roll since it first began in 2001.

Professor Humphreys’ work in child and family welfare has made an important contribution towards ensuring the safety of women and children within their families as well as in institutional care. Her contributions are embedded in Victorian practice and will have far-reaching implications for generations of women, children and families throughout Australia and the world.

From 2006 to 2011, Professor Humphreys served as Alfred Felton Chair at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Social Work and then continued as a professor of social work. During her time as Chair, Professor Humphreys led a collaborative program of high-quality research with Victorian community sector organisations, in the areas of out-of-home-care, domestic violence victims and child abuse.

Professor Humphreys was an active board member at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare for almost a decade, and is involved in numerous reference groups which inform government policy in the area of family violence and the vulnerable children, youth and families sector.

Mary Keneally is a Melbourne comedian who came to prominence in the mid 1980s as the much-loved character Debbie, an inner-urban, radical, feminist activist and partner to Tim in the ABC sketch comedy series Australia You’re Standing In It.

Ms Kenneally is an external teacher and researcher in the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation working on an ARC Linkage project documenting the history of women’s comedy 

Read more about Ms Kenneally’s research here.

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