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Accent of Women

A program by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

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Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition

This week we listen to a panel discussion hosted by Allies Decolonising.The event, Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition brought together Aboriginal community members to discuss the treaty process and Aboriginal sovereignty. PanelistsLidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, living on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne’s north. She is a community worker, mother and grandmother. Lidia has spent decades fighting for Aboriginal rights and the environment, including fighting to successfully save a million-year-old gorge in Nowa Nowa, East Gippsland and becoming the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Victorian Parliament.Crystal McKinnon is a Yamatji woman who lives and works on Kulin country. She has worked at many universities and Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, and she is currently working at RMIT as a Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow. In one of her projects at RMIT, Crystal is working with a team on an Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Project named: Indigenous Leaders: Lawful Relations from Encounter to Treaty. Her work has looked at concepts of Indigenous sovereignty, Indigenous social movements and protest, and Indigenous resistance through the use of the creative arts, including music and literature.Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman living on Kulin Country. She’s worked in Koorie community arts as an artist & curator & in education at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre at Vic Uni & the Indigenous Arts and Cultural Program at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Her work focuses on self-determination & sovereignty within the arts & is a member of the Blak Brow Collective who edited Blak Brow for the Lifted Brow. Her PhD research focuses on Indigenous women’s disruptions & resistance through art. Her work is based on sovereignty, matriarchy & First Nations ways.Event ModeratorClare Land is a historian at Moondani Balluk at Vic Uni, and author of the book Decolonizing Solidarity which outlines how people like her might emerge towards being less racist, and how she can better use privileges she has access to in support of Aboriginal struggles. Her knowledge and politics have been shaped in particular by Gary Foley, Dr Uncle Wayne Atkinson, and by the Thorpe family.

29 Apr 2019

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East Timor's independence - 20 years on

August 30, 2019 commemorates 20 years since the East Timor referendum on independence. In 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor, beginning a brutal regime of occupation that would last until 1999. More than 200,000 East Timorese died and many more suffered during massacres, torture and starvation.Carla Chung is an organiser with the United Workers Union, she is East Timorese, and an East Timor independence activist. She both grew up in East Timor and is one of the younger generation of activists she says is continuing to fight for East Timor’s future, and she joins me on today’s program.

2 Sep 2019

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Sudan's Uprising and AFP raids

Rai Ismail and Abuk Nyandeng discuss Sudan's uprising & Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, the managing editor at Crikey, looks at last week's AFP raids and their implications for press freedom

10 Jun 2019

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10 year anniversary of the Tamil genocide

May 18 is the anniversary of the Tamil genocide and the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This year, 2019, marks 10 years. On today’s program, we look at the situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka.On today's program, Nilanthi Kanapathipillai, a Tamil activist based here in Melbourne Victoria. and Shivani Jegarajah, human rights activist and barrister in Sri Lanka.

20 May 2019

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Decolonising Environmentalism

The face of the environmentalism movement in Australia is predominantly white. Why is this the case and how can the movement expand to include all voices?The Multicultural Greens Victoria hosted a panel that tackled those exact questions. We also spoke to Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Green's Senator for NSW, about islamophobia, decolonisation and why she continues to speak out against misogyny and racism. Panelists- Dr. Priya Srinivasan, Associate Professor Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization Deakin University- Lidia Thorpe, First Aboriginal Women in Victorian Parliament- Lisa Maza, Professional Actor/Singer and Member of the Blak Greens- Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW

5 Aug 2019

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Trans Day of Visibility

March 31st is Trans Day of Visibility, so today on Accent of Women, we are going to hand over to Sally Goldner, and her show Out of The Pan. On Sunday 31 March, Out of The Pan held a special, Trans Voices of Colour, and that’s what we bring you today.

8 Apr 2019

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Siege on Kashmir

Thirteen million people in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir have spent the last three weeks under a regime of extraordinary repression and collective punishment at the hands of India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government. Freedom of speech and assembly have been abolished, with gatherings of more than four people outlawed. Critics who have denounced the repression to the media have been imprisoned. Public transport has been shut down, and the region’s economy has ground to a halt.  So, what is this dispute about? Hasn’t Kashmir always been contested, isn’t it always highly militarised? To answer these questions, I am joined on today’s program by Kavita Krishnan, leftists and feminist activist in India, and leading member of the Communist Party of India Marxist Leninist

26 Aug 2019

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Let's Talk Love

What comes to mind when you hear the word love? Is it romantic relationships? Friendships? Self-love? Community? Arts and cultural curator Bigoa Choul joins us this week to make sense of a concept that is so polarizing. Today’s episode is inspired by an upcoming event called ‘Let's Talk Love’ hosted by Bigoa Chuol and featuring the contributors of 'Growing Up African in Australia'. The event is part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.Artist bio: Bigoa is an arts and cultural curator, writer and presenter. Her work has featured internationally and in various renowned literature, music and poetry festivals all around Melbourne Australia since 2015. Presently, she is working on (re) establishing cultural connection, re-distributing knowledge and language inter-generationally within the South Sudanese diaspora through different artistic mediums in the co-produced Medida Winter Series. As well as a research project with the University of Melbourne Social Equity School into perceived gender norms among the Nuer. She is the Events Coordinator at Footscray Community Art Centre, a community-engaged contemporary art centre.

19 Aug 2019

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Trans and Gender Diverse communities + 'Flesh, the law, and black humanity’

This week we look at some of the issues affecting trans and gender diverse communities in Australia and play a snippet from the event ‘Flesh, the law, and black humanity’.GuestsAmao Leota Lu is a proud Samoan Fa'afafine and trans woman of color. She is an international speaker, performing artist, writer, activist and storyteller who infuses the intersectionality of gender, culture and life experiences in her performance works and talks.Associate Professor Sandy O'Sullivan is a Wiradjuri (Aboriginal) academic, researcher and creative practitioner. Produced by: Ayan Shirwa

30 Sep 2019

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Hong Kong needs revolutionary leadership

Massive civil society protests have continued in Hong Kong. Commencing on 9 June, we’ve seen millions of people march, originally against the introduction of the extradition bill, but now the movement has raised a number of demands including full suffrage for the people of Hong Kong. Accent of Women first covered this issue in June, and you can go back and listen to that podcast, which is posted to our page on 3CR’s website. Since that broadcast, much has happened in Hong Kong. We’ve seen the formal entry of the workers movement, we’ve seen right wing elements assert themselves in the movement – what happens now is a matter of political analysis. And to have that conversation with me, I welcome back Carol Ng, the elected women’s officer of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

23 Sep 2019

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Siblings of the Yam

This week we bring you some interesting conversations about healing, self-compassion, and healthy egos.These conversations were part of the Siblings of the Yam workshops organized by Aisha Tramabas and Inez Tramabas of Negro Speaks of Books.The workshops are part of a month-long series called Black Tourmaline.

27 May 2019

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Rwandan Genocide and Fighting for Black Issues in a White Democracy

In 1994, close to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus lost their lives in the Rwandan Genocide.  We commemorate the 25th anniversary by bringing you stories of hope and resilience. In the second half of the program, you'll hear a snippet of the event Fighting for Black Issues in a White Democracy , organised by First Nations Workers Alliance and Victorian Trades Hall Council .

8 Jul 2019

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A Voice and a Treaty

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, recently announced plans to introduce an Indigenous voice to parliament. Some embraced the news as a positive step towards self-determination,  while others were more skeptical.On today's episode we ask Gunnai-Kurnai and Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpewhat she thinks about an Indigenous voice to parliament, and also get updates on Victoria’s exciting treaty negotiations. Lidia Thorpe is a human rights advocate and a former greens MP for the seat of Northcote.  If you’d like to know more about treaty, sovereignty and land rights check out 3CR programs, Fire First, Blak 'n' Deadly and Blaknoise!

22 Jul 2019

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Community Activators

This week we speak to Abbey Mag and Awak Kongor about their contributions to the South Sudanese community in Melbourne and the ethical risks of creating for/about community.Abbey Mag is a proud Dinka Bor woman of Junub Sudan, now formally known as South Sudan. Abbey’s interest lay in the use of social media and how it can be utilised as means of telling stories and changing narrative. Awak Rech Kongor is a South Sudanese young black woman in Narrm, Melbourne Victoria. She is the founder of Procrasinated Productions, a South Sudanese, Melbourne based, film and content production company.

25 Feb 2019

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Uprisings in Hong Kong

Two million people took to the streets in Hong Kong last week and they were joined by the organsied labour movement days later, in a general strike on Monday 19 June, in massive protests opposing a proposed extradition bill. These are the biggest protests in Hong Kong with approximately 2 thirds of the entire city participating.But what is the extradition bill, and why has this proposal brought so many people to the streets? What do these demonstrations say about Hong Kong’s relationship to China?To answer these questions, I am joined on today’s program by Carol Ng, the elected women’s officer of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

17 Jun 2019

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Creative producer Daisy Nduta talks about her exciting new show - Assimilate. Assimilate is showing at Darebin Arts as part of Melbourne Fringe 2019. Tickets can be purchased here. Assimilate was created and produced by Daisy Nduta and is performed by Naomi Sepiso, Tamara Bailey, Anyuop Dau, and Daisy Nduta.

16 Sep 2019

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May Day crackdown in the Philippines

Our coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on impoverished communities continues.  Today, we head to the Philippines where we see a similar pattern emerging of the use of Emergency state powers to repress social movements but little if any, genuine government intervention to keep people safe.During this year’s May Day activities in the Philippines, activists were arrested for going out and feeding the poor – yet they were placed in unsanitary prison environments. This week, Accent of Women features Cristina Palabay Secretary General of Karapatan, a national human rights alliance that also works with various social movements in the Philippines.

11 May 2020

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India's Anti-Muslim Pogrom

The situation in India is slowly developing into a state engineered pogrom against muslim people. This has been developing since the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill – now law – tying people’s citizenship to India, to their religion.Workers, students and other parts of civil society have been protesting since November last year in an effort to defeat the legislation. However, some of these protests have been contested by fascist forces and thugs, and in the last week we have seen mosques being burnt down, and heightened communal violence resulting in deaths.

2 Mar 2020

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France's Strike Wave

The economy in France has been crippled by a strike wave that has been ongoing since December 2019.  Initially in response to pension reforms by the Macron Government, the strike wave has affected broad sectors of the economy including postal services, airlines, manufacturing,  schools, hospitals just to name a few.  It’s even included the arts – with actors, writers and other artists participating in the strikes.But are those pensions really the reason for the mass activity on the streets and this level of industrial action, or is there an underlying economic desperation, for which these pensions were just a catalyst?

17 Feb 2020

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Eradicating FGM and the challenges of resettlement

February 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. To learn more about the practice I spoke to health professional Medina Idriess from the Family & Reproductive Rights Education Program.  In the second half of the show, Monica Majak and Adongwot Manyoul from the South Sudanese Mother's Coalition of Victoria discuss the challenges of resettlement.

10 Feb 2020

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