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Community radio's national women's current affairs program. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).

Community radio's national women's current affairs program. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).
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Community radio's national women's current affairs program. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).




PO Box 1277 Collingwood Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA 3066 +61 3 9419 8377


Race and Community Care

On this episode of Women on the Line we look at race and community care. We chat with Caroline Ridler who is the Coordinator for the Queer Trans Indigenous People of Color (QTIPOC) project at Switchboard Victoria. Caroline chats with us about the upcoming panel she is coordinating and moderating, 'The Qtipoc project presents:Race and Community Care'. She shares with us her insights into anti-racism training and community sector issues when working with queer, trans and Indigenous people of...


Forced divorce, sex worker rights and the Nordic model and exclusion zones for abortion clinics: three legislative perspectives

This week on Women on the Line we feature three perspectives on legislation that has a significant impact on people's lives.Jiselle Hanna speaks with Sally Goldner of Transgender Victoria about the end of forced divorce laws for transgender people in Victoria in the wake of marriage equality.Emma Hart speaks with Jane Green of Vixen Collective about recent decisions made by the Victorian Liberal Party in relation to sex worker rights and the Nordic Model. Anya Saravanan speaks with Adrianne...


Feminist mentors and writers

On this episode of Women on the Line we chat with two feminist writers of colour about mentorship and writing feminism. We chat with Natalie Kon-Yu about the Feminist Writers Festival, mentorships in the australian literary industry, academia and motherhood. Later in the show we chat with Shu-Ling Chua about memoir writing, mothers and writing sexuality.BiosNatalie Kon-Yu is a creative writer, editor and academic, with a particular focus on creative writing by women and feminist literary...


Women and The Criminal Justice System

Today we look at violence against women and the response of the criminal justice system. The community response is often surrounding the need for greater police responses and a tougher approach on the perpetrators of these violent crimes. But is it within our criminal justice system’s interest to support and empower women?


Negro Speaks of Books

This week on Women on the Line we chat to Inez Trambas about Negro Speaks of Books.Negro Speaks of Books is an online platform created to host conversations about books written by authors of Colour. Taking its name from the poem ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ by Langston Hughes, Negro Speaks of Books celebrates the diversity of Bla(c)k literature across the Diaspora, and recognises the necessity of Bla(c)k literature in our struggle for liberation.We discuss black literature, authors who...


SESTA – FOSTA & All Sex Workers Go To Heaven

On this episode of Women on the Line we look at the recent Trump legislation SESTA/FOSTA and how it impacts sex workers and internet censorship. We chat with Daisy who is the co-founder of All Sex Workers Go To Heaven (ASWGTH) and Sandy who who is a cam model and freelance artist who has studied performance and video art. They chat with us about representation of sex workers on the internet, in feminism, community and in art and how SESTA/FOSTA is impacting them. BiosDaisy is a queer brown...


Medically Supervised Injecting Centres

Medically Supervised Injecting Centres have been proven to be an effective way of preventing deaths from from drug overdoses, and helping people to access safe injecting equipment and support services. Late last year a trial of a medically supervised injecting centre for North Richmond in Melbourne was announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and is due to start in June this year. This week on Women on the Line we hear from Dr Marianne Jauncey, the Medical Director of the Uniting...

REPEAT: The Call for Female-Only Mental Health Wards

Mental health advocates have increasingly called for the need to reinstate female-only psychatric wards. These campaigns are about improving the safety and experience of women in crisis, including reducing incidents of sexual assault.This week’s edition of Women on the Line features an interview by Hope Mathumbu with Prof of Psychiatry Jayashri Kulkarni, director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. Aoife Cooke speaks to campaigner Sue Armstrong, a Melbourne based activist with...


DIY Culture, Zines and Print Production

On today's Women on the Line we head to the Bay Area in California and Hong Kong to hear from two artists chat about zines, DIY culture, and making art in their respective hometowns.Multidisciplinary artist and curator Renae Moua chats with us about their art practice, DIY culture, their teaching philosophy and zines! Later in the show, we hear from Elaine W.Ho who chats to us about Display Distribute, hand-to-hand courier services, zines and print culture in Hong Kong.Music from this...


The Language of Distance

On Women on the Line we look into the language of distance. How do we navigate both visible and invisible borders? Where is home and who gets to feel at home? We chat with artist and curator Talia Smith about her upcoming exhibition,I Can See for Miles, held at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Later in the show, we hear from artist Lana Nguyen who walks across invisible borders everyday. She chats with us about her essay Mapping the Supply’s Chain featured on Chart Collective....


Image Based Abuse

Today on Women on the Line, we look at some research that’s being done in the space of revenge porn, more accurately labelled, image based abuse.Recent research has found that one in five australians has experienced image based abuse, mostly in an online environment. 20 per cent had experienced the non-consensual creation of nude or sexual images11 per cent had experienced the non-consensual distribution of nude or sexual images9 per cent had experienced the threat of distributing those...



Her Sound, Her Story is a documentary about the personal experiences, histories, and the significant social impact of women in the music industry across Australia, featuring many well-known names and influential artists. Made by Michelle Grace Hunder and Claudia Sangiorigi Dalimore,Claudia joins us for Women on the Line this week to tell us how it's made and what she learned from the process.Later on the show, we stay with the theme of women’s access to the music industry and we’re joined...


The Beast and the Garden

On this week's Women on the Line we chat with Annie Humphrey, Anishinaabe singer and song writer living on Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Annie chats with us about her latest album "The Beast and the Garden", music and activism, the impact of line 3 pipeline on Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and whether or not she has hope for the future. You can listen and support her latest album at anniehumphreymusic.com.Music from this week's show is "Strong Wind" and "The Wizzard" by Annie...


Women on the Line - Sound and Spoken Word

This week we bring you a very special episode of Women on the Line featuring selections from our annual fundraiser held in late 2017 at the Yarra Hotel in Melbourne. You’ll hear from musicians and poets who performed in support of the show, including P-Unique, Soreti, Manisha Anjali, Infraghosts and Hardata.P-UniQue https://soundcloud.com/p-uniqueSoreti https://www.facebook.com/soretik/Manisha Anjali https://www.manishaanjali.com/Infraghosts https://www.facebook.com/infraghosts/Hardata...


Protest Australia Day

Today on Women on the Line, highlights from the Melbourne Invasion Day Rally. The 26th January, 2018 saw some of the biggest rallies across Australia in solidarity, defence and struggle with Aboriginal people. You’ll hear the following voices, in this order:Aunty Jenny Monroe, Gwenda Stanley, Aretha Brown, Ruby andCeleste Liddle


Black Quantum Futurism

We speak to Rasheedah Phillips and Moor Mother from Black Quantum Futurism about the intersections of justice and science fiction as well as the beauty of community building through an Afrofuturist lens. Moor Mother - KBGK


Rainbow Futures

As we move into 2018, and the dust settles on the Marriage Equality Bill which has now moved into law, and a few more wedding bells have started ringing, this week’s show looks to what’s next for LGBTIQ plus communities across Australia, and the campaigns, struggles and celebrations ahead.We speak to Karen Field from Queerspace on future health campaigns for LGBTIQ+ communities, highlighting links between recent public discourse and mental health and a new focus on family violence.Lee...


Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Australian -founded International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Norway on International Human Rights Day on December 10th. Australian campaigners and supporters gathered in Melbourne Town Hall to celebrate and watch the ceremony. In this week’s show, we’ll first hear from The Nobel Prize chairperson Berit Reiss-Andersen. 3CR’s Judith Peppard then speaks to ICAN Australia’s Outreach Coordinator, Gem Rumold, outside Melbourne Town Hall....


Trump, Jerusalem & the State of Palestine

Palestinian activist Mai Hamed helps us unpack the recent statement US President Donald Trump made about Jerusalem becoming the capital of Israel. This statement was met with outrage from European and Arab leaders for its boldness, carelessness and the danger is poses.Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movementAustralians for Palestine Al Kufiyyeh 3arabeyyeh - Shadia Mansour


Odissi Dance, Sthithi, and Mapping Melbourne

On this episode of Women on the Line, Thanh Hằng Phạm chats with Odissi dancer and teacher Monica Singh Sangwan and her student, Yee Wen Soo about classical indian dance, passing on tradition and knowledge and how a classical indian art form should grow beyond its origins. Monica Singh Sangwan teaches the Sohamasi Odissi dance group at Dancehouse in Carlton. Catch the Sohamasi group's upcoming performance "Sthithi" at Mapping Melbourne on the 16 Dec. Check out the facebook event here....