Newsletter Issue 30, July 2021

Welcome to the July issue of the GPS Newsletter

UNDP Oslo III Digital Conference

On Tuesday June 15, Centre Director Professor Jacqui True spoke on a panel for the United Nations Development Programme’s Oslo III Prevention of Violent Extremism Digital Conference. Professor True spoke on the panel ‘Misogyny: The Extremist Gateway?’ which focused on the centrality misogyny plays in violent extremist groups and ways in which development actors can address it in policy and programming. You can watch the full recording of the session here. You can watch all sessions from the three day conference here.

Women's realities as victims, supporters and preventers of violent extremism in North Africa conference

On June 10, Centre Director Professor Jacqui True presented insights from the findings of Monash GPS research conducted in 2019 in Libya, Morocco and Tunisia with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and UN Women. Professor True shed light on the use of gender and socially constructed masculinities and femininities by violent extremist groups in the region as well as shared the findings from primary research in various regions of Libya.

Call for Participants

Dr Samanthi Gunawardana and Dr Eleanor Gordon are seeking to engage with development practitioners to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment/working conditions, and the skills, experience, and competencies needed by practitioners in the sector. More information here.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

‘How the persistence of patriarchy undermines the financial empowerment of women microfinance empowerment of women microfinance borrowers? Evidence from a southern sub-district of Bangladesh’, by Tunvir Ahamed Shohel, Sara Niner, Samanthi Gunawardana in Plos One


‘Vaccine Inequality and the Cost to Garment Sector Workers’, by Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, Samanthi Gunawardan and Buddhima Padmasiri in Groundviews

‘Avoiding Necrocapitalism in Sri Lanka’s Free Trade Zones’, by Samanthi Gunawardana and Buddhima Padmasiri in Groundviews

‘Curated Reading list on Women, Labour and Work’, by Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, Samanthi Gunawardan for Everystory Sri Lanka


Irine Gayatri, “Assessing the Embedding of Terrorist Labels on the Papua Freedom Movement Organisation: Solutions or Problems?", LP3ES (Institute for Research, Education and Information on Economy and Social Affairs), 7 May 2021.

Irine Gayatri, “Leadership and Mediation in Protracted Conflicts – Connecting the Ground Situation to High-Level Talks”, Regional Forum Of Woman Peace Negotiators and Mediators, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the Southeast Asian Network of Women Peace Irine Gayatri, “Combating Violent Extremism and Other Trans-National Threats”, U.S.-Indonesia Security Dialogue, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia and Pacific Forum, 4 June 2021.

Irine Gayatri, “Study Group on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)”, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), CSCAP New Zealand and CSCAP USA, 11 June 2021.

Irine Gayatri, “Breaking away from the domination of intolerant movement after the implementation of the Indonesia government regulation 2/2017 on Mass Organisation”, by INFID, 15 June 2021.

Negotiators and Mediators (SEANWPNM) in collaboration with Women in International Security (WIIS) Italy, June 24, 2021.

Eleanor Gordon, “Not a Care in the World: An Exploration of the Personal-Professional-Political Nexus of International Development Practitioners Working in the Justice and Security Sector”, Twenty-first International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, University of Curacao, 3 June, 2021

Eleanor Gordon, “Caring for Carers Toolkit Launch: Building Success in Development and Peacebuilding by Caring for Carers: A Guide to Research, Policy and Practice to Ensure Effective, Inclusive and Responsive Interventions”, 17 June, 2021.

Eleanor Gordon, “Careless Interventions: Security Knowledge and Security Practice in Post-Conflict Environments”, European International Studies Association (EISA), European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Researching Security Communities of Practice: Ethical Concerns, Challenges and Coping Strategies, Brussels, 1 July, 2021.