The Gender Card

The Gender Card is a series produced by Griffith Univeristy's Gender Equality Research Network. You can catch our episodes here or follow the series via Soundcloud.

Episode 9: The Gender Card in coronavirus with Sara Davies

The worldwide health implications of the coronavirus pandemic are well known and discussed at length. But what are the ramifications for society, as countries grapple with the many dilemmas we face battling the disease's spread? Griffith School of Government and International Relations Professor Sara Davies is urging us to consider these impacts on the wider community, saying it's not just health experts who should be at the decision-making table. Her research and books such as Containing Contagion focus on how humans face immense challenges such as massive disease outbreaks. On this episode of The Gender Card, Sara warns that to ignore the wider societal implications of coronavirus puts at risk the health warnings themselves, as not everyone is in a position to act.

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Episode 8: The Gender Card in musical traditions with Catherine Grant

Ethnomusicologist Dr Catherine Grant has travelled the world in her efforts to save dying musical traditions and instruments. She was so struck by the haunting sounds of the Cambodian chapei that she learnt how to play it herself. By doing so she came to a much deeper understanding of this traditional music that is so intertwined with the social justice and human rights fabric of Cambodia. In this episode of The Gender Card, Catherine explains how she borrowed tools from linguistics to gauge the health of musical traditions and how inseparable music and cultural sustainability are.

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Episode 7: The Gender Card in criminal violence with Robyn Holder

Domestic violence remains a scourge of society, with shocking attacks and brutality continuing on thousands of women around Australia. Griffith Criminology Institute's Robyn Holder is hoping to help change that by exploring the role of victims in criminal justice and giving them a voice in the often fierce policy debates about what rights are owed them. In this episode of The Gender Card, Robyn tells how she's combined 20 years of public policy experience with academic research to hopefully change the system and bring more justice to the victims of gendered violence.

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Episode 6: The Gender Card in orphanage trafficking with Kate van Doore

Human trafficking is a term we are now familiar with as a present-day form of slavery. But what about orphanage trafficking? On this episode of The Gender Card podcast, international children’s rights lawyer and Griffith Law School lecturer Dr Kate Van Doore, tells how Australia is one of the first countries in the world to recognise orphanage trafficking as a modern worldwide problem. Her research has found that around 80 per cent of children living in orphanages are being exploited, as they have at least one living parent, but are kept in institutions to attract international volunteers and investment. And while general knowledge of this trend is growing, Dr Van Doore is urging all of us to not be caught up in benevolent harm, where our good intentions are used to keep children enslaved. Her organisation Forget Me Not aims to stop the demand for ‘orphans’, through grassroots education and empowerment programs, and reunifying displaced families in Nepal, Uganda and India.

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Episode 5: The Gender Card in women's finances with Tracey West

Household finance. It’s something we all have to deal with, but are woefully underprepared for by the education system and power networks in society. On this episode of The Gender Card podcast Griffith University Business School lecturer and member of the Gender Equality Research Network Dr Tracey West explains how her research has found the accumulation of wealth depends on our ability to make informed decisions on saving and investing. Which leaves women, and those on low incomes, generally the worst off. She’s looking into why this is the case, with reasons such as being excluded from money conversations at home, ongoing impacts of the gender wage gap, and low levels of financial literacy.

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Episode 4: The Gender Card in human geography with Natalie Osborne

We know what geography is, but what about human geography?
Griffith School of Environment lecturer and Urban Research program researcher Dr Natalie Osborne investigates the links between the person, the society and physical space around us, and how women are often left out of planning. She focuses on social and environmental justice in human settlements and the development of more just, resilient and sustainable futures. And she’s finding there’s more than just history and politics at play when it comes to gender politics in this realm.

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Episode 3: The Gender Card in Women's Solo Travel with Elaine Yang

Women travelling alone are a growing demographic, but many assumptions are still made about their motivations and why they like travelling solo. Griffith Institute of Tourism lecturer and researcher Dr Elaine Yang has studied this phenomena. The expert in gender based tourism tells this episode of The Gender Card podcast how tourism companies can better support women who choose to travel on their own.

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Episode 2: The Gender Card in Sport with Adele Pavlidis

Today we look at how gender plays out in sport, and how that affects the society in which we live. Dr Adele Pavlidis is a Griffith University social scientist and specialist in the politics of gender on the sporting field. On this episode of The Gender Card, she tells how she started her academic career by joining a local roller derby, to totally immerse herself in her PhD research. Now having graduated with her PhD in Sport and Leisure Management, she understands how increasing female participation in contact sports can not only better reflect society on the sporting field, it can also influence society’s attitudes towards women far more broadly.

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Episode 1: What is the Gender Card? With Susan Harris Rimmer and Sara Davies

Imagine for a moment if you will, what the world would look like if all genders were equal. What would that mean for society, for work, and play, and for women’s place in those structures? That’s what this podcast, The Gender Card, is all about.

In this first episode of The Gender Card, we find out why and how women win or lose in big transitional periods, both on a global scale, and in their own personal lives.

And we discover what brought together our esteemed experts Griffith Law School Associate Professor Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer, and Griffith Business School Associate Professor Dr Sara Davies, to start a radical research network for gender equity at university level.

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For more information about GERN, contact Program Co-Convenors: Sara Davies and Susan Harris Rimmer.