Newsletter Issue 27, April 2021

Welcome to the April issue of the GPS Newsletter

We begin April with our second GPS webinar of 2021, Hate in the Homeland and Youth Radicalisation with Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss on April 6 at 9:00am. Dr Cynthia Miller-Idriss will focus on the mainstream places and spaces where today’s far-right is engaging and ensnaring young people. Register here.


Last month, Monash GPS together with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Monash Arts stood in solidarity with everyone at the #March4Justice on March 12. Monash GPS marched against all forms of gender based violence and joins thousands in demanding action, respect and equality for all in Treasury Gardens next to the Victorian State Parliament.

Monash University Staff at the March4Justice rally, March 12

Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security

Applications are still open for our Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security for domestic students (on campus or online) and international students (online) in 2021. More information here.

Webinar: Countering Violent Extremism

On March 9, 6:30pm we welcomed Dr. Elizabeth Pearson (Swansea University), Emily Winterbotham (RUSI) and Dr. Katherine E. Brown (University of Birmingham) for their webinar discussing their recent book, Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter. You can find the event recording here.

International Women's Day

Monash GPS Director Professor Jacqui True gave the keynote speech at this year’s Faculty of Arts International Women’s Day breakfast on Friday the 12th of March. Touching on the most important women in her life as well as the leadership of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, Professor True expresses that “Compassionate leadership is effective leadership” and calls upon us to amplify women’s contributions to effective leadership.

Apolitical's Top 100 in Gender Policy

Congratulations to Centre Director Professor Jacqui True on being listed on Apolitical’s Top 100 in Gender Equality for 2020. Apolitical’s list recognises the most influential people in global policy-making in the last year and celebrates the hard work being done on gender policy globally. Congratulations Jacqui! You can view the full list here.

FemiList100 2021

Monash GPS would like to congratulate PhD candidate, Natasha Raghavanshi, for being listed on the Gender Security Project’s FemiList100 for 2021. FemiList100 2021 is a compilation of 100 women from the Global South from the fields of peace and security, development, law, advocacy, activism, and IR / foreign policy. Congratulations Natasha! You can view the full list here.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Not a care in the World: an exploration of the personal-professional-political nexus of international development practitioners working in justice and security sector reform’, in International Feminist Journal of Politics by Briony Jones and Eleanor Gordon.

Preventing Violent Extremism – What has Gender got to do with it? Gendered Perceptions and Roles in Indonesia’ in European Psychologist by Jacqui True and Sri Eddyono.

Book Chapters

“Peace Settlements and Human Rights” by Jenna Sapiano. In M. Weller, M. Retter, & A. Varga (eds.), International Law and Peace Settlements.

Book Reviews

“Global norms and local action: the campaigns to end violence against women in Africa” by Richard Fosu.


‘As the world’s attention and money are absorbed by the COVID pandemic, peacebuilding suffers’ by Eleanor Gordon in The Conversation

Listening to women in grassroots leadership in a COVID-19 world’ by Samanthi Gunawardana and Nedha De Silva in Monash Lens

'We've Had Enough.' Furious Australian Women Force a Reckoning on Sexism After a Rape Allegation in the Government by Amy Gunia in Time Magazine

‘IWD: Australia’s role in holding nations to account on women’s rights’ by Jay Jaeggi and Jacqui True in Monash Lens

‘Struggle continues for women to access affordable, timely abortions’ by Danielle Mazza and Sharman Stone in Monash Lens

‘ELN’s territorial expansion: is “strategic limbo” a window of opportunity?’ by Alexandra Phelan in Small wars Journal

How rape allegations among Australia’s political elite reignited its #MeToo movement’ by Hillary Whiteman in CNN


Eleanor Gordon, “COVID-19 and Conflict: The Impact of Pivoting Attention and Resources away from Peacebuilding,” at COVID-19 and Post-Pandemic Investment and Development Workshop, Tobias Centre for Innovations in International Development, Indiana University, Bloomington, United States of America, 11 March 2021.

Jacqui True, “CVE/PVE in Southeast Asia”, ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Women, Peace and Security, 3 March 2021.

Other resources

Podcast: Eleanor Gordon, “Power, poverty and peacebuilding: the violence that sustains inequalities and undermines peace in Columbia,” on Conflict & Terrorism Studies with Wisdom, 5 March 2021. Watch here or listen here.

Radio: Jacqui True, ABC Radio, International Women's Day from 05:13, 7 March 2021.

Webinar recording: Jacqui True, “International Women’s day: Women in the Era of COVID-19,” at the Lowy Institute, 4 March 2021.

Upcoming Events


Hate in the Homeland and Youth Radicalisation By Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss (American University)

Date: Tuesday 6 April 2021

Time: 9:00am AEDT

Register: here


Women's Rights After War By Associate Professor Marie Berry (University of Denver) and Sinduja Raja (WRAW Project)

Date: Tuesday 11 May 2021

Time: 12:00pm AEDT

Register: here

You can watch previous online seminar’s here.