Newsletter Issue 33, October 2021

Welcome to the October edition of the GPS Newsletter

In late September, we were incredibly relieved and delighted to welcome to Monash University 11 members of Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT). Monash GPS together with the Monash International Affairs Society assisted these young scholars to evacuate from Afghanistan and come to Australia and to Monash. It was quite the journey for them through Kabul and Taliban checkpoints to the airport, a camp in Dubai and then finally quarantine in Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.

We look forward to resuming the 'Toward Inclusive Peace' debate series in October as APT scholars in asylum around the world are very keen to carry forward this series mindful of their obligations to family and colleagues in Afghanistan. You may be interested in learning more about their stories here and contributing to Monash's urgent appeal to support these scholars.

Professor Jacqui True

Crisis and Depletion: Emerging Practices in Regeneration

On the Thursday 9 September, Monash GPS and Warwick University's WICID hosted the first webinar on Crisis and Depletion in the series on Emerging Practices in Regeneration: A Symposium on Feminist Alternatives to Depletion.

Professor Shirin Rai of Warwick University began the event with her keynote speech by discussing regeneration as a response to crisis-fuelled depletion. The panel included Rachel Dore-Weeks (UN Women), Dr Maria Tanyag (Australian National University), Dr Chrisanta Muli (One Girl) and Lakmali Hemachandra (Independent lawyer based in Sri Lanka).

Facilitated by Monash GPS’s Dr Samanthi Gunawardana, the roundtable explored the impact of multiple crises on women and girls in Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Sri Lanka. In particular, the panel discussed the impacts of current crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, economic collapse, and conflict on areas of social reproduction. The panel further explored the broader global conversation about feminist regenerative alternatives to the harms experienced by women and girls through the lack of social, political, or economic support for unpaid labour (e.g. care work, volunteering, food provisioning), in times of multiple global crises.

Following our first event, we are accepting submissions for case studies on strategies, practices, and research on regeneration in social reproduction for the next two parts of our series. For more information and to contribute a case study, please visit the Emerging Practices in Regeneration page.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Positions

Join the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre team! We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to the Centre’s research and post-graduate education program.

We are interested in applicants with research interests in gender and violent extremism or terrorism, gender and peace processes, sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, fragile or humanitarian contexts and ideally, area studies-based knowledge of the South-East Asia or Pacific regions. Applications close on Thursday 14 October. For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit the Monash careers page.

Challenges of the Age Webinar

On 5 October, Professor Jacqui True was invited to speak as the Monash expert at the second of the Vice-Chancellor’s “Challenges of the Age” webinar series with Professor Jeffery Sachs. The webinar focused on Geopolitical security – the second of the three Challenges in the new Monash Strategic Plan 2030. View more information on Monash University’s strategic plan and the challenges of the age here.

Recent Publications


‘I knew I’d just saved lives’, by Carly Douglas in The Australian Jewish News featuring Edward Lichtig from the Monash International Affairs Society

‘Can the Victims Speak? Locality in Conflict Resolution in Papua’, by Irine Gayatri in Kyoto Review Trendsetters

‘Memajukan Indonesia yang Inklusif’ [Advancing on Inclusive Indonesia], by Irine Gayatri in Newsletter Setara

‘Monash University helped eleven young Afghan academics escape the Taliban’, by Carol Saffer in The Advocate featuring Jacqui True


‘Women’s Rights Under the Taliban’, Interview with Irine Gayatri, FixJakarta, 18 August 2021.


Irine Gayatri, “Confronting Intolerance, Religious Extremism, and Violence”, Global Conference on “Fratelli Tutti-Ukhuwwah Insaniyyah: Building Bridges for Human Solidarity” workshop series, Tangaza University College, Kenya (Africa Hub), Umma University, Kenya (Africa Hub), Harmony Institute, Kenya (Africa Hub), Islamic State University ‘Sunan Kalijaga’ Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Southeast Asia Hub), Global Ministries University, California (North America Hub), Yogyakarta, 20 August 2021.

Irine Gayatri, “Information sharing on lessons learned and best practices on PVE through the Human Security Approach”, GUYUB Project, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),UN Women and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Jakarta, 24 August 2021.

Irine Gayatri “The Importance of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: The development of the international world”, OptShe, live on Instagram, 25 September 2021 Watch here: Instagram Story

Irine Gayatri, “The strengths and opportunities of having/not having National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security”, Second meeting of the Study Group on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Indonesia, CSCAP New Zealand and CSCAP USA, Jakarta, 23 September 2021.

Eleanor Gordon, “Transitional Justice, Gender and Intersectionality”, DCAF, UN Women and OSCE ODIHR webinar, London/New York/Melbourne, 14 September. Watch here: Transitional Justice - YouTube


T and Jacqui True, "My Afghanistan escape - just a body, not a soul, or a heart (Part 2)", ABC News, 3 October 2021.

Upcoming Events

13 – 14 October

Asia-Europe Forum on Women, Peace & Security.

One of the official side-events of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) Summit.

Register now.