An intersectional approach to the prevention of violence against women

November 7, 2016

The upcoming 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held over 5-7 December at the Mercure Brisbane.  Dr Adele Murdolo, Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health joins us at the conference as a keynote speaker to discuss ‘Giving a problem a name: An intersectional approach to the prevention of violence against women’.

Dr Murdolo’s paper follows an intersectional approach to discuss effective approaches to preventing violence against women in Australia. Dr Murdolo will discuss the importance of the feminist practice of ‘giving a problem a name’ which as Sara Ahmed has noted, has created a language for women to articulate their experiences of sexism, and to name the harm that sexism creates as a platform to agitate against it.

The paper focuses in particular, on naming the interlocking systems of oppression within which immigrant and refugee women experience their lives and it argues that the fight for gender equality and the prevention of violence against women in Australia must centralise women’s experiences of intersectional gendered inequality in order to be inclusive and successful. The paper acknowledges the leadership of feminist activism and scholarship in the primary prevention of violence against women, and argues that it is important to continue to foster intersectional feminist approaches to the issue.

Adele MurdoloAdele Murdolo is the Executive Director at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, a national centre of health promotion, research and advocacy for immigrant and refugee women.  She is committed to creating positive change for, and with, immigrant and refugee women.

Adele has a background in feminist research, with specific expertise in intersectionality, violence against women and women’s health. She has a PhD in Women’s Studies and History, and her most recent areas of publication include a history of the refuge movement in Australia with a focus on the involvement of immigrant and refugee activists, and an analysis of the engagement of immigrant and refugee men in violence prevention. Adele is a co-researcher on the ASPIRE (Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience).

Adele provides policy advice to government and other stakeholders on the prevention of violence against immigrant and refugee women and sexual and reproductive health, through membership of the ANROWS Practitioner Engagement group, the White Ribbon Policy and Research Committee, The Royal Women’s Hospital Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee and the Victorian Ministerial Taskforce on the Prevention of Family Violence and Other Violence against Women.

For more information on the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference and to secure your registration, please visit the conference website.

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