Welcome to the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR)

  • The Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research comprises Monash Arts staff with expertise in feminist social sciences and humanities research. The Centre fosters research and teaching collaborations that address women’s equity and produce knowledge about women’s lives and status in society, and the dilemmas and contradictions in gender relations, gender equality outcomes and sexualities in all societies. The teaching, research and outreach activities of the Centre are all informed by the belief that all social processes are ‘gendered’, and that feminist analysis and knowledge is crucial in understanding social processes, power and participation. 

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  • Under the auspices of the Monash Warwick Alliance, Professor Jacqui True (Monash), Dr Juanita Elias (Warwick) and Dr Nicola Pratt (Reader, Warwick). hosted a two day sponsored workshop (April 9-10) on new approaches to violence against women. Rethinking Violence Against Women- Comparative and Transnational Perspectives brought together key gender researchers including early career and doctoral researchers from the two institutions with two key objectives. 1) Explore ... Read more
  • Neeti Aryal Khanal (MA Women’s Studies 2010) was recently awarded an Australian Alumni Excellence Award by Austrade. The award is given to those graduates of Australian universities who make outstanding contributions in thier home country. Neeti’s academic, activist and public intellectual contributions were recognised in this award: our sincere congratulations to her.    Read Neeti’s latest contribution to ... Read more
  •     Staff from the Centre and School of Social Sciences attended the lunch and the presentation by Captain Jennifer Wittwer CSM RAN,  Director of the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for the Australian Defence Force. Captain Wittwer outlined the  National Action Plan and ADF strategies to integrate a gender perspective into its peace and security ... Read more

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  • Prof Jude McCulloch The School of Social Sciences is one of the largest Schools of social sciences nationally. It has approximately eighty academic staff and enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate students annually. In addition to undergraduates academic staff supervise more than one hundred and fifty post -graduate students in the Graduate Program for Political and Social ... Read more
  • Gender research is a recognised strength in the Faculty of Arts, and the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) will further strengthen this research environment in the form of five new research clusters. Each research cluster brings together innovative Monash research and offers a new research platform for interdisciplinary research teams. 1. Gender, Human Rights and Violence Professor Jacqui True and Dr Linda ... Read more
  • Warmest congratulations to Professor Jacqui True, whose book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, (OUP, 2012), has won the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Best Book Award. The citation prepared by the judging committee reads as follows: ‘After reviewing 23 books, which were published in 2012, members of the American Political Science Association Human Rights ... Read more
  • Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic will be travelling to Doha, Qatar in December 2013 to participate in the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2013. WISH 2013 will feature a distinguished audience of decision-makers and health experts from across the world, convening to discuss practical, lasting and innovative solutions to global healthcare challenges. This high-profile event, which ... Read more
  • “The Labor government’s changes to immigration policy show a singular focus on stopping people seeking asylum in Australia and destroying the business of people smugglers. But unhappy prospects await the women and children who have fled conflict zones to seek asylum in Australia and find themselves in Papua New Guinea. The allegations of widespread sexual abuse within the ... Read more
  • Post-conflict peacebuilding processes present major opportunities for advancing women’s rights and gender equality. But a gender perspective needs to be more effectively operationalised in post-conflict institutions and peacebuilding processes. A key challenge for the United Nations (UN) and its member states in progressing the women, peace and security agenda in post-conflict settings is bridging the ... Read more
  • Consuming Families: Buying, making, producing family life in the 21st century (Routledge 2013)  This book is just published by Associate Professors Jo Lindsay and JaneMaree Maher, drawing on a decade of gender, family and consumption research.    Consumption is central battleground in public debates over morality, excess and gendered responsibility. These contests are particularly critical for contemporary families in Western nations, where ... Read more
  • The Report was commissioned by the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention & Peace Forum and United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York. The authors are Jacqui True, Nicole George, Sara Niner and Swati Parashar of Monash University and the University of Queensland. This paper examines current patterns of women’s political participation in the four subregions (Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, ... Read more
  • Associate Professor Suzanne Fraser (Curtin University), Professor Jan Wright, Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher, Professor Alan Petersen and Dr Claire Tanner   Contemporary medicine is locating the origins of common health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer earlier and earlier in the lives of individuals. As a result, scrutiny of the diet and lifestyle of ... Read more
  • Following the completion of the Parliament ofVictoria Law Reform Committee’s Call for Submissions for their Inquiry into Sexting on 15 June 2012, Dr Amy Shields Dobson, Dr Mary Lou Rasmussen and Dr Danielle Tyson  were invited to attend and present to the Committee on this issue based on their submission document on Monday 10 December ... Read more