Governor-General David Hurley visits Monash GPS

Last week, the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley met with Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University, Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Professor Jacqui True, Director of Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre, and Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Director of Monash Gender and Family Violence Centre, to discuss recent research on the gendered impacts of COVID-19.

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor Sharon Pickering, Mrs Linda Hurley, His Excellency Governor-General David Hurley, Professor Margaret Gardner, Professor Jacqui True

Image: (Left to right) Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor Sharon Pickering, Mrs Linda Hurley, His Excellency Governor-General David Hurley, Professor Margaret Gardner, Professor Jacqui True

His excellency, Governor-General David Hurley raised concern for the impact of COVID-19 on temporary visa holders, migrant and refugee communities and asked about the impact of the pandemic on domestic and family violence and shelters for women and children in the Pacific.

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor Jacqui True together with Dr. Naomi Pfitzner have released the first report on their research investigating gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria. Responding to the Shadow Pandemic: Practitioner views on the nature and responses to violence against women during the COVID-19 restrictions presents the voices and experiences of 166 Victorian practitioners who provided support to women experiencing violence during the COVID-19 shutdown. The project is funded as part of Monash University's #MelbourneExperiment, which is studying the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on the various functions of the city of Melbourne, with the aim of generating knowledge for increasing the livability and sustainability of cities.

Last month, Monash GPS also released it's first research brief mapping the impacts of COVID-19 on women's rights practitioners in the Indo-Pacific region. It included WPS agencies that advocate and deliver services related to human rights, promote equality, deliver sexual and reproductive health services, support education and economic development, oppose gender-based violence and seek to uphold law and justice. The survey targeted 29 countries, was translated into 13 languages and received 139 complete responses.

The Governor-General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley appreciated Monash GPS and MGFVC for their research on crucial societal impacts of the pandemic.