Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

August 2022, Issue 14

Kaya GRNers,

Amazingly we are reaching the end of August! In the past few weeks there’s been a lot going on at Curtin at the moment in the area of gender work and research.

The just-closing exhibition at the John Curtin Art Gallery, Soft/Hard: radical love by R. Goo is  representative of the excellent work being done by Jane King, Lia McKnight and Sue-Lynne Moyle and their colleagues to join those across the university who are working to queer their practices. Our jointly hosted lunchtime talk – presented as a conversation between Theo Costantino and Lia McKnight and introduced by Liz Baca – brought this to our attention and consciousness.

The Women’s Report Card was released on 4 August 2022 by Simone McGurk, the Minister for Women’s Interests. The report was produced by Silvia Salazar and Daniel Kiely with the BCEC team and the Dept of Communities. In the Report they drew our attention to two concerning areas: the gender pay gap in our state is 21.2% and the greatest in Australia; and Family and Domestic Violence-related assault with a female victim sits at 1,254 per 100,000, which again is the highest in Australia.

As the GRN Academic Leads we were honoured to be invited to contribute to the Expert Roundtable to inform the release of the 2022 Report Card. With industry colleagues across WA we interrogated the data and raised questions around intersectional reporting and how future work in this area might pay attention to intersectionality and diversity to ensure that future report cards can present a more complete and fulsome picture with meaningful data for policy, research and program directions.

As the GRN Academic Leads we have also been involved in some work being undertaken by the Managers of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging on how gender identity of staff and students might be recognised. We have also participated in the work on thinking about what an Inclusive Language Guide for Curtin might look like. The excellent work done at ECU in this area can be reviewed in Past Gender Research Network Events.

Following the feedback in the General Meeting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals the GRN might align with, we have also met with Jessie Parrish, Project Manager UN Sustainable Development Goals, Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, to discuss the work she is doing to draft the Curtin Sustainability Strategy. We raised the place of SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls in the university strategy and how that work might look. With the GRN Research Champions we provided similar feedback on the necessary place of gender equity in the university strategy and we look forward to the launch of the Curtin 2030 Strategic Plan.  

We have also been thinking a little around what casual sexism looks like in the university, what actions are taken to raise awareness about unconscious and conscious bias and the avenues available for raising concerns in these areas. The discussions we have participated in draw attention to the need for structural reform and change at the institutional level – better mechanisms available for concerns to be raised and action to ensure that strategies are directed at holistic cultural change. We agree with our colleagues that Curtin should be a leader in this area.

As you scroll through this newsletter you will also see that there is a section celebrating the achievements of colleagues in the network, we know that there are more of these – please send them to us! We also invite you to make suggestions for seminars and presentations for 2023 as we will start organising the schedule now. We are also interested to organise a symposium for next year. We have started connected with our gender research colleagues at universities across Australia and also in the wider world and hope to organise an event or discussion to draw these colleagues together and to raise common issues.

We hope you are well, and stay well. These months have felt like an endless flu and Covid season – hopefully that is drawing to a close. Liz is off to Europe for a month and her role will be filled by Kelly Bailey, a current HDR, while she is away. We wish Liz a wonderful time – and please come back!

Very best wishes,

Samantha, Therese and Liz

Gender Research Network events

GRN Seminar Series: Gender Diversity and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: International evidence.
The Curtin University Gender Research Network invites you to a seminar presented online by Associate Professor Nigar Sultana.

Workforce diversity has been advocated as leading to better organisational outcomes and by far gender diversity is the most common diversity measure in place internationally. Countries around the world have implemented policies or regulations promoting greater gender diversity in boardrooms. We investigate whether gender diversity on boards leads to higher Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) disclosures using 16,659 firm-year observations across 42 countries. Although gender diversity has been examined within a corporate social responsibility and ethical, social and governance lens, this examination needs to be extended to the SDGs given the latter’s multi-year horizon and involvement from governments, the private sector and a very broad cross-section of the global community. We also answer a call from accounting researchers who seek more research into factors driving SDG disclosures given the significance from policy implications and impact on organisational responsibilities. In addition to providing useful comparative information on the countries, legal jurisdictions and types of SGDs currently being disclosed, our analyses reveal that gender diverse boards are associated with greater levels of SDG disclosures with such disclosures even more significant when there is more than a single female board member. We also find that women board members are associated most with the PEOPLE and PLANET groups within the SDGs and our results are robust to additional analyses and endogeneity concerns. Consequently, our results reinforce calls globally for increasing gender representation at the highest levels of organisations given that women at senior levels of leadership are better able to meet the expectations of a greater range of stakeholders in terms of SDG disclosures

Date: 16 September 2022, 2:00-3:00pm, via Teams. To register your attendance, email

GRN Gender Reading Group
The Curtin University Gender Research Network (GRN) Gender Reading Group seeks to encourage a culture of reading and critique, to help develop connection and community amongst GRNers across Curtin campuses. The group will meet monthly online to engage in friendly discussion on seminal and more contemporary works on gender from a range of disciplines.

To register your interest for the next session, email

Recent achievements

Congratulations to Mx Misty Farquhar for their involvement in the new Diversity & Inclusion in Practice credentials, created by the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education. This credential is the first in a series of three where you can discover how to bring human rights into practice by exploring what diversity and inclusion means at a practical level and how you can embed them as part of your workplace culture.

Learn more and register your interest via Curtin Credentials.

We would like to congratulate Dr Hannah McGlade for her recent article published by National Indigenous Times, 'Denigrated by the patriarchy, Indigenous women hold their heads high for culture, country and children'. 

"In my Noongar language in Australia, mother and sun are the one and same word: Ngaarnk, signifying the interrelationship of women with land and environment. We are the daughters of Mother Earth, obligated to take care of the earth and its resources. Unfortunately, women’s rightful role in land preservation is often unrecognized and overlooked, placing at risk Indigenous lands and cultures."

Access the full article via NIT.

We are pleased to share that two projects that GRN member Dr Peta Dzidic is involved with have received Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation) funding to tackle the issues of youth mental health and consent. Dr Dzidic, along with Curtin's Dr Elizabeth Newnham and Dr Roanna Lobo, and Australian Red Cross' Leanne Kelly, will work to co-design a youth mental health intervention. She will also work with Curtin's Dr Elizabeth Newnham, Dr Jun Chih, Dr Kelly Prandl, along with National Louis University's Associate Professor Bradley Olson, and Guildford Grammar School's Sarah Langley to co-design a student-led consent and healthy relationships initiative.

Congratulations to all involved. 
Recent publications

WA Women’s Report Card 
The 2022 Women’s Report Card was launched by the Minister for Women’s Interests on 4 August 2022. The aim of the report is to track WA’s progress towards gender equality and raise awareness of the barriers that still exist for women. It also provides an evidence base to support program evaluation as well as development of policy and services.

The seventh edition of the Women’s Report Card was produced by the Department of Communities in partnership with Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. It is available as a data insights platform and a summary report, together with a fact sheet on each of the four priority areas: health and wellbeingsafety and justiceeconomic independence and leadership. The priority areas and indicators in the Women’s Report Card align with those in Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality.

Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia
Nothing to Hide is the first ever anthology of Australian TGD writing. In recent years, there have been several successful anthologies of LGBTQIA+ Australian writing, including Growing Up Queer in Australia, Queerstories and Going Postal. These collections include TGD contributors but to date there's been no dedicated anthology to give voice to this marginalised and diverse community.

Nothing to Hide aims to fill that gap with a pioneering contribution to Australian letters. It will showcase the creativity and diversity of the TGD community, whilst also providing opportunity for cisgender Australians to gain a window onto the challenges and joys of trans experience.

Pre-order via Booktopia.
Internal events

Gender and Digital Media Cultures, Lunchtime ACAT research presentation
Please join the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) members at the September ‘double-bill’ ACAT research presentation with Amy Dobson, Sam Morris and Kiah Hawker.

Date: 16 September 2022, 12:00pm-1:30pm (AEST), Buildling 210.104 Elizabeth Jolley Case Study Room, Curtin University. RSVP to or attend online via WebEx.
External events

Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar
Ereni Putere, Rau mōrehu ki te ao, rau mahara i te pō: Navigating history and the lives of Kāi Tahu; and Ahinata Kaitai-Mullane, Power, Positionality, Perspective: Unpacking colonialism in contemporary pornography.

Date: 7 September, 12:00pm-1:00pm NZT, via zoom. Further information and registration via NZHA.

Writing Aslant: Karel Schoeman and Genealogies of Queer Writing in Afrikaans
The Fay Gayle Centre for Research on Gender Lunchtime Seminar Series presents Writing Aslant: Karel Schoeman and Genealogies of Queer Writing in Afrikaans by Professor Andrew van der Vlies.

Date: 9th September, 12:00-1:00pm (ACST). Further information and Zoom link via The Fay Gayle Centre for Research on Gender.

2022 Indonesia Update – Gender equality and diversity in Indonesia: Identifying progress and challenges
Over the past 20 years, gender relations and the expression of power and authority between men and women in Indonesia have been shaped by the forces of reformasi, decentralisation, a reassertion of central power, and economic transitions. These changes have given rise to policy reform, an increase in women’s political representation, and new expressions of diverse gender identities. But to what extent has the “gender order” of the New Order, where women’s role as a mother was the basis of citizenship, been challenged or just found new articulations? What shape do contemporary contestations to gendered power take? This update will reflect on the 20 years since the last Indonesia Update on gender, bring to the centre stage gender relations in Indonesia, and present an overview of the political, economic, social, and cultural progress and barriers in achieving gender equality and diversity.

Date: 17 September 2022. Further information, session times and registration via ANU.

The Ethics Centre presents Festival of Dangerous Ideas
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is a disruptive festival that encourages debate and critical thinking. This year's program includes The Last Taboo presented by Joanna Bourke (17 September) and A World Without Rape presented by Joanna Bourke, Jess Hill, and Saxon Mullins, and chaired by Sisonke Msimang (18 September).

Dates: 17 & 18 September 2022. Further information and tickets via Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
External CFPs, submissions and opportunities

The reality of forcibly displaced LGBTIQA+ persons in Australia
This survey by the Forcibly Displaced People Network aims to collect information about the experiences and barriers of LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced people in Australia so we can advocate for more welcoming and inclusive support. LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced person means an asylum seeker; a refugee; or a migrant (both temporary and permanent) who is from a non-Western country and who was not able to safely live there as an LGBTIQA+ person in their country of origin. This is a very important survey. Such comprehensive information has not yet been collected in Australia.

Further information and survey via SurveyMonkey.

Critical Diversity and Sport Conference: Playing with/as the political: Sport as a field for politics, power, difference and resistance
Sport is normatively cast as virtuous; something to view, enjoy, participate in, develop community around, and distract from the realities of everyday life. Throughout history, in its various forms and practices, sport has been exalted as a portentous and unifying experience for communities and nations. Sport, however, like all social and cultural phenomena, is deeply implicated in power relations. This conference looks forward to opening critical conversations about the forms of dominance, resistance and subversion that operate in the fields of sports and leisure while also considering the socio-cultural transformative contribution of these activities in society and across social imaginaries. We invite conversations on how, through sport, the narratives on gender and sexuality across diverse geographies and topographies have generated multiple forms of discourse, resistance and agency to unpack rights, duties and voices of socially, culturally and sexually marginalized communities.

Abstracts due 31 August 2022. Further information via Critical Diversity and Sport Conference.
Past Gender Research Network events

Navigating the academic journey as a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) woman presented by Professor Jaya Dantas and Dr Siddier Chambers
Watch the WebEx recording.

Understanding Gender Diversity summary (written by MX Misty Farquhar)
Please email to request a recording of the seminar or the slides.

In conjunction with Global Campuses Brown Bag Seminar Series: Capitalising on Board Gender Diversity: The Mediating Effect of Board Capital Diversity on the Relationship between Board Gender Diversity and Firm Performance presented by Dr Tien Nguyen
Watch the WebEx recording.

Changing the academic gender narrative through open access presented by Dr Katie Wilson
Watch the WebEx recording.

A Conversation on Emotional Silence presented by Dr Sally Lamping and Dr Saul Karnovsky
Watch the WebEx recording.

In conjunction with Athena SWAN: Career Break Management presented by Professor Helen Hodgson – ATHENA Swan Provost Fellow
Watch the WebEx recording.

Gender Through the Ages presented by Dr Joanne McEwan
Watch the recording.

Mauritius: A Gendered Landscape presented by Dr Myriam Blin
Watch the recording.

A Conversation with Professor Iain McCalman and Professor Andrea Gaynor
Please email to request a recording of the seminar.

"Finding Comfort Through Discomfort", Isaac Julien at the Perth Festival presented by Mandy Downing, Peta Dzidic, P. and Samantha Owen at the John Curtin Gallery

Including trans and gender diverse experiences in our approach to gender equality presented by ECU's Professor Braden HillDr Fiona Navin and Mx Stevie Lane
Watch the recording.
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