Catch up on our Gender Card podcast

The Gender Card is a podcast series produced by Griffith Univeristy's Gender Equality Research Network.

You can stream all episodes below or follow the series via SoundCloud.

Meet presenter Nance Haxton

Our Gender Card podcasts are produced and presented by multi-award-winning journalist Nance Haxton.

Nance has twice taken out Australian journalism's most prestigious honour, winning a Walkley Award in 2001 and again in 2012. She's also a dual winner of the Clarion Award for excellence in Queensland journalism.

With a focus on social justice and a passion for uncovering the untold, Nance is also currently researching her PhD, which looks into threats to press freedom in Australia.

Episode 15: The Gender Card with Natasha Stott Despoja

Today we talk to former senator Natasha Stott Despoja about her appointment to a top United Nations role and ending discrimination against women. In January, Natasha starts her four-year term as one of 23 independent experts monitoring the effects of countries around the world to improve gender equality. In this interview, she tells us how the need to protect women’s rights is even greater in the wake of coronavirus, and how she keenly feels her responsibility in her new role as the only expert on the committee from the Oceania region. After Natasha’s interview, we are joined by Professor Susan Harris Rimmer, who tells us how significant it is that Natasha was chosen as the first Australian in 28 years to join the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

This interview coincides with the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

Episode 14: The Gender Card in violence against women

Please note: This podcast includes graphic conversations about sexual abuse and violence. The conversation is disturbing and may cause distress. Please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) if you need to seek counselling, information or support services.

This episode of the Gender Card comes at a crucial time, at the start of a global campaign of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The International Women's Development Agency is calling on us all to add our voices to this global movement by challenging attitudes that perpetuate, rationalise and normalise violence against women, and deny women's right to safety.

Two Griffith University researchers—Phyu Phyu Oo and Tristan Russell—are doing groundbreaking work highlighting the dangers and discrimination that women face in two of our closest Asian neighbours—Myanmar and Thailand. Phyu Phyu Oo is investigating how structural violence and gender inequality is embedded in conflict-related sexual violence and how this prevents effective prosecution and prevention of these crimes. Tristan Russell's research explores gendered pathways to prison in Thailand, with violence against women being a prominent theme. Many of these women experience myriad abuses throughout their lifetime, ultimately leading to their incarceration.

Episode 13: The Gender Card in supporting women over 50 in business with Dhara Shah

While many social equity programs have had to pause or stop altogether this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one vital Griffith University project has found a way to continue. On this episode of the Gender Card, presenter Nance Haxton explores The Sisters Support Business Together—a project empowering women over 50 years of age to break the cycle of underemployment and homelessness, with older women now the age group most at risk of suddenly losing their home. The program created by Dr Dhara Shah is cross-disciplinary, bringing business and social welfare experts together to tackle the underlying issues behind these statistics. And by giving older women the training and confidence to start their own businesses, it's resulting in remarkable outcomes that couldn't have been achieved otherwise.

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Episode 12: The Gender Card in maternity care with Jenny Gamble

In this episode of The Gender Card podcast, Nance Haxton speaks to Professor Jenny Gamble, the head of midwifery at Griffith University and director of the Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative. Jenny leads innovative research on the principles of gender empowerment and gender equality that crosses traditional boundaries and aims for a complete redesign of the maternity care system. Despite overwhelming evidence showing its benefits, few women have access to the ideal model of midwives providing continuity of care. Professor Jenny Gamble hopes this project changes that, giving women more choice and control over how they bring their babies into the world with better health outcomes for all.

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Episode 11: The Gender Card in COVID-19 and domestic violence

During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has significantly increased. And with the restrictions, many victims are finding it that much harder to reach out for help because they are trapped at home with their abuser. In this episode of The Gender Card podcast, presenter Nance Haxton speaks to three esteemed scholars in the field: Zoe Rathus, Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz.

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Episode 10: The Gender Card in COVID-19 response

In February 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming clear, a small group of academics came together from public health, international relations, public policy and development economics to analyse and address the gendered effects of COVID-19 and government responses to the outbreak. After publishing a highly influential commentary on COVID-19 in The Lancet, the team expanded to become an international gender and COVID-19 working group, which now has more than 300 expert members. In this episode of The Gender Card, presenter Nance Haxton speaks to three esteemed members of this working group: Dr Julia Smith, Professor Sara Davies and Dr Clare Wenham about how this research is informing global public health response to the pandemic.

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Clare's BBC interview

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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Contact us

If you'd like to know more about our network or get involved, contact Program Co-Convenors: Sara Davies and Susan Harris Rimmer.