Women leading and influencing

Jean and Michelle

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Jean Uwesi

Solomon Islands
Bachelor of Law
The University of Adelaide, SA

Jean is passionate about the development and leadership of youth in the Solomon Islands. She believes that education and support for youth at a community level will encourage better decision making and decrease the high level of criminal activity, including theft and community disturbance.

She hopes that participation in the Women’s Leadership Initiative will give her the opportunity to hone her leadership skills in preparation for making a positive impact on her return home. Jean believes being a leader does not require recognition, but the ability to step up and make change wherever one finds themselves.

Michelle Hopkins

General Manager Community Youth Justice, Department of Human Services, SA

Michelle is a Kamilaroi woman and a strong advocate for Aboriginal children and young people, with a particular interest in fairness and justice.

Currently the General Manager for Community Youth Justice for the Department of Human Services, Michelle has previously worked in advocacy roles for victims of family violence, legal representation for children and young people, and First Nations policy development.

She has also presented extensively, written numerous publications, holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies, and is currently undertaking her Master of Philosophy with the University of Adelaide.