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Forum: ‘Cost of Living: Who pays the price for a society divided?’

“Cost of Living: Who pays the price for a society divided?” is the theme of the annual Rosalie Rendu Forum to be held in Chippendale on October 19.

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is holding the forum during Anti-Poverty Week to hear from female leaders advocating on behalf of the people who are most affected by worsening social and economic conditions.

“The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is encountering increasing need because of dramatic increases in the cost of living,” said the society’s Communications Manager Kate Pascoe.

“Many individuals and families are approaching charities like St Vincent de Paul for the first time. We also know that the people we assist who have experienced great hardship, even in the best of economic times, remain excluded from society.

“The forum will help us to consider how we can best work together for a more equitable distribution of wealth and opportunity and how we can build solidarity back into the structures of society.”

This year’s panel features eminent women leaders in social and economic equality including:

  • Sr Carmel Hanson RSJ,

Walking with people through poverty and hardship

  • Verity Firth, UTS Pro Vice-Chancellor for Social Justice and Inclusion;

Broader costs to society of a growing disparity of wealth and opportunity

  • Joanna Quilty, CEO NSW Council for Social Service

Mapping economic disadvantage in NSW & NCOSS Cost of Living Report

  • Yumi Lee, CEO NSW Older Women’s Network

The vulnerability of older single women in the private rental market

  • Dr Lisa Buxton, EO, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Archdiocese of Sydney


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023

Time: 5.45pm – 7.30 pm AEDT

Location: The University of Notre Dame, 128-140 Broadway Chippendale, NSW

Register at:


The Rosalie Rendu Forum highlights the contribution of women to leadership and social justice.


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