Newsletter Issue 34, November 2021

We at the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre are excited to have launched a new website titled "Geo-Political Security: Toward Global Responsibility for Afghanistan" in collaboration with the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance. We invite you to explore the website which focuses on current activities and engagements with Afghanistan and Afghans at Monash, demonstrating the global responsibility of the university in the international community to ensure human rights and education for all.

We were also thrilled to resume the Afghan-Australian Intercollegiate Debate Series on Monday 25 October. The new series titled "Toward Global Responsibility for Afghanistan" discussed 'The Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan threatens Afghan women's achievements'. Our adjudicators, Professor Sharon Pickering (Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Senior Vice President (Education)) and Mr Shoaib Rahim (American University of Afghanistan and former Mayor of Kabul) provided inspiring feedback to our debaters. They awarded Best Speaker to Parisa Sekandari (Afghans for Progressive Thinking) and Runner Up Speaker to Ryan Attard (Monash International Affairs Society). Congratulations to Parisa and Ryan.

We hope you enjoy reading about our various engagements and activities over the last month and join us for our upcoming events.

Jacqui True

Director


Holding nations to account for gender-based violence against women: CEDAW and 16 days of Activism

The Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre in partnership with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre are thrilled to host Natasha Stott Despoja AO on Friday 26 November to deliver a keynote speech on gender-based violence to coincide with the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women. In 2021 Natasha was appointed to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Violence against Women (CEDAW). Following Natasha's keynote speech, she will join a panel that will include GPS PhD student Betty Barkha and GPS affiliate Parisa Sekandari to explore current challenges and commitments to ending violence against women in Australia, across the region and globally.

Register here.


The Fourth Reich: Advancing Authoritarianism Besetting Women Peacebuilders

On 2 November, GPS participated in the ‘The Fourth Reich: Advancing Authoritarianism Besetting Women Peacebuilders’ hosted by the Southeast Asian Women Peacebuilders Network on the panel ‘Why we must worry about Afghanistan’.
The event aimed to identify the new women, peace and security (WPS) agenda in light of the existing landscape of extremism, focusing on supporting the women in Afghanistan and empowering those in Southeast Asia.

Watch the recording here.


2021 Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs

Congratulations to Centre Director Professor Jacqui True for being selected as a 2021 fellow with the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). Since 2008, the Australian Institute of International Affairs has annually recognised individuals “with a strong connection to Australia who have achieved a very high level of distinction in, and made a distinguished contribution to, international affairs” by making them fellows of the institute. Professor Jacqui True was one of eight fellows recognised by the AIIA with the full list published on the AIIA’s website.


Recent Publications

Books

'Theories of International Relations', edited by Richard Devetak and Jacqui True.

The 6th edition includes two new chapters on Postcolonialism by Alina Sajed (McMaster University) and Institutionalism by Toni Haastrup (University of Stirling).

Blogs

‘One family’s story of taking flight from the Taliban’, by Sanam Wahidi in Monash Lens

‘Time to Dismantle Structures of Inequality’, by Nedha De Silva in Ground Views

'What bodies and what IPE?', by Aida Hozić and Jacqui True in Progress in Political Economy

Presentations

Nedha De Silva, “Restrictions, Disruptions and Guilt: Conducting Fieldwork during a Pandemic”, Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Monash University, 26 October 2021.

Susanne Kozak, Tobias Ide, Marisa O Ensor and Virginie Le Masson, “The role of gender in the climate-conflict nexus: ‘Forgotten’ variables, alternative securities and hidden power dimensions”, Session 3/Panel 1 – The Dynamics of Peace and Conflict, Australian Political Studies Association, 20 September 2021.

Susanne Kozak, “Feminist Research and remote data collection during Covid-19”, Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Monash University, 26 October 2021.

Alex Phelan, "Non-state Armed Groups and The Process of Legitimation: The Case of Colombia's FARC", Dealing with tensions, crisis and war in accordance with international law and humanitarian principles, International Society for Military Law and the Law of War Conference, Aix-en-Provence 28 October 2021.

Alex Phelan, "Gender and the Far-Right in Australia", Panel: Global Perspectives of the Transnational Far-Right Threat and Response, RUSI's FRET Conference, 3 November 2021.

Christina Schmid, "The adoption and institutionalisation of gender regimes in armed insurgencies", Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Monash University, 26 October 2021.

Jacqui True, “Gender Dimension in Peace and Security”, Peace and Security in Asia and Its Implication to Global, Gadjah Mada University, 8 October 2021.

Jacqui True, “Contributions from feminist theories of international relations”, Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy, National University of Cuyo, 19 October 2021.

Nuri Veronika, “The Subsets of Radicalised Indonesian Women: Recognising Gender-specific Motivations and Roles in Extremist Networks”, Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, Monash University, 27 October 2021.


Upcoming Events

Holding nations to account for gender-based violence against women: CEDAW and 16 days of Activism

Date: 26 November

Time: 
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Register: 
Eventbrite
 

Education for Inclusive Peace: the role of education and research in promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the Nordics.

Date: 29 November

Time: 12:00pm - 16:00 Helsinki / 8:00pm - 12:00am Melbourne (AEDT)

Register: Register here before 23 November.