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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


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. [Image...

Duration: 00:28:01

Handstanding and Grandstanding

As part of programming for International Day of Disabled Persons 2017 which falls this week, artist Larissa Mac Farlane joins me by phone to talk about disability and art practice, disability pride as practice and the hidden joys of handstanding and grandstanding. To see her work, see from this week's show is by Heidi Everett,

Duration: 00:28:04

blak matriachy and Indigenous women make powerful art

On this episode of Women on the Line Thanh Hằng Phạm chats to Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara artist, curator and writer Paola Balla on blak matriachy and powerful blak women making art. We also hear from Māori (Waikato, Tainui A Whiro, Ngaati Tahinga) artist Kirsten Lyttle on indigenizing photography and weaving.*Artwork "Twilled Work" by Kirsten Lyttle

Duration: 00:21:50

Now what? 100 years after the Russian Revolution

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution – a momentous event in human history. In 1917, Russian women garment workers went on strike. They were protesting the desperate poverty caused by the first World War, symbolised in the infamous bread queues. On International Women’s Day, March 8, before the morning was out, tens of thousands of women textile workers were on strike. Joined by housewives, they marched to the metal factories demanding that the (mostly male)...

Duration: 00:27:58

New Media, Hashtags and Activism

New media has been central in modern activism, especially for people of colour who continue to be misrepresented and under represented by mainstream media. We listen to a panel discussion about the prominence of new media in asserting the voices of people of colour from Footscray Community Arts Centre's, 2015 West Writers: Our Stories Forum.We hear from founding editor of Future-Black Linda Kennedy, creative producer of Sovereign Trax Hannah Donnelly, and co-founder of Still Nomads, Samira...

Duration: 00:27:49

Indigenous Solidarity Gathering

On today’s program, we bring you some coverage from the2017 Indigenous and Grass roots Movements Solidarity Gathering. The conference was held in Melbourne Australia, over the weekend of 7 & 8 October, and was hosted by the Latin American Solidarity Network.The two keynote speakers featured on today’s program, are Kristy Lee Horswood - Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) activist and member of the Gamilaraay Nation and Catalina Catrileo - Mapuche activist and sister of Matías...

Duration: 00:27:59

WIRE and Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery

We hear two incredibly fascinating and insightful interviews put together by 3CR’s Tuesday Breakfast team, Ayan Shirwa, Ruby Schwartz and George Maxwell. We first hear from Julie Kun, CEO of WIRE which is a women’s referral service in Victoria. Later we hear from Emma Barnard, who is conducting her PhD at the University of Melbourne on Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery. She - Laura Mvula

Duration: 00:23:09

Vote Yes!

Australia is in the midst of a Marriage Equality postal survey – asking the whole of Australia their opinion about whether people of the same sex are allowed to love each other. The Left and other civil rights activists are mobilising our forces to pull out a Yes vote, so the campaign is on!As would be expected, the campaign has been attacked by the right, but there are also some criticisms of the yes campaign that come from the left. Questions about the lack of intersectionality, whether...

Duration: 00:27:59

January 26

January 26, known officially as Australia Day, marks the beginning of the European colonisation of what would become known as Australia.While the date is celebrated as Australia's national day, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people January 26 holds the significance of marking the beginning of the invasion and theft of their lands by colonisers, and for many indigenous people the day is marked as a day of mourning and resistance.This week on Women on the Line we look at...

Duration: 00:27:47

AMKA - Narratives from the African Diaspora

This week we chat with the inimitable Manal Younus about her work as a writer, educator and performer. We also chat about her upcoming collaborative show 'AMKA - Narratives from the African Diaspora' which is a "journey of being, becoming and existence" that uses spoken word, music, dance, theatre and projection to explore the "awakening of black bodies" from the African diaspora in Australia. AMKA is showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on September 22 and 23. Get tickets to AMKA here,...

Duration: 00:22:06

A Breakfast Current Affairs Selection

This week on Women on the Line we bring you a selection of interviews from 3CR Community Radio’s Breakfast Current Affairs presenters Ayaan Shirwa, Rachida Benamar, and Ruby Schwartz. We’ll hear Ayaan speak with Lara Watson about the First Nations Workers Alliance, and then interview Nyomba Gaṉḏaŋu from the Yolnju Nations Assembly about the impact of more than ten years of the Northern Territory Emergency response. We'll also hear Rachida speaking with Jenny Smith, CEO of the Council to...

Duration: 00:29:57

REPEAT - Women in Detention and Spiritual Healing

This week on Women on the Line we hear a repeat episode from earlier in the year Madhuni from RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees discussed the experiences of women in detention and Aboriginal spiritual healer Miliwanga Wurrben shared the importance of spirituality.This episode was co-produced by Ayan Shirwa.Black Smoke - Emily Wurramara

Duration: 00:25:23

Against the Postal Plebiscite

This week on Women on the Line we look at the postal plebiscite on marriage equality, which is being pushed forward by the Federal Government but is currently subject to not one but two separate High Court challenges. First we speak with Felicity Marlowe, the convener of Rainbow Families Victoria, who is also a litigant in one of the High Court Challenges against the postal plebiscite. Then we hear from Sally Goldner from Transgender Victoria about how the potential postal plebiscite is...

Duration: 00:29:51

The Criminal Injustice System

Indigenous Australians are the most incarcerated people in the world. Nationally, Aboriginal people are jailed at a rate five times greater than black males were under Apartheid South Africa. In Western Australia and the Northern Territory the figure is eight times greater.The disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on Aboriginal people is directly related to this country’s history of colonisation and genocide of Aboriginal people, and the continued subjugation under...

Duration: 00:27:59

Party Drugs and Policy Mugs

This week's show is about upcoming drug law reform around recreational drug use, and what's current in harm reduction approaches.We’ll hear from three guests on this topic, Nevena Spirovska from grassroots campaign High Alert, Stephanie Tzanetis from DanceWize, once a grassroots campaign and now supported by Health Promotion Victoria, and Julaine Allan, an adjunct associate at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Music is by Simona Castricum N.B. The US academic referred to...

Duration: 00:28:05

#WomenHoldingHands & Hepatitis Awareness

Today we hear two interviews by 3CR broadcasters Jiselle Hanna and Hope Mathumbu. First Jiselle speaks with Catherine Barrett of Alice's Garage labout the #WomenHoldingHands campaign. Later we hear an excerpt of a conversation between Hope and Dr Kudzai Kanhutu, Refugee Health fellow at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service about Hepatitis Awareness and how the disease disproportionally affects culturally diverse and Indigenous communities. Estere - Cruel Charlie

Duration: 00:27:21

Apmere angkentye-kenhe

This week on Women on the Line we travel to Mparntwe, also known as Alice Springs, to look at the Arrernte language project Apmere angkentye-kenhe which translates into English as “A place for language.” We’ll speak with artist Beth Sometimes, and hear excerpts from a forum on language held on July 3rd as part of the project to coincide with NAIDOC week, featuring Amelia Turner, Veronica Lynch, Pamela Lynch, Veronica Turner, Felicity Hayes and Margaret Kemarre Turner. The "50 words...

Duration: 00:29:57

Mothers' Ruin - a feminist cabaret history of gin

On this week's episode of Women on the Line, we hear from comedica caberet duo, Maeve Marsden and Libby wood, the creaters of Mothers' Ruin. Equal parts historical and hysterical, all heaving harmonies and tipsy candour, Mothers' Ruin explores the history of gin through story and song.

Duration: 00:27:59

Facing Fascism: Lessons from history

Bernadette McAliskey is a prominent Irish republican socialist political activist and feminist. This week’s Women on the Line is from a speech she gave in April this year in Dublin, Ireland, at the launch of a people’s history magazine marking 80 years since the fascist bombing of the village of guernica in the Basque country, Spain. McAliskey took this opportunity to give a wide ranging and passionate speech about the face of fascism today, which has been edited here for an Australian...

Juliana Huxtable

We hear a discussion between 3CR Tuesday Breakfast’s Ayan Shirwa and Juliana Huxtable. Juliana is a poet, DJ, model, academic and performance artist. Her work explores gender, race and socio political issues. She’s also the co-founder of Shock Value, a nightclub that fosters community and celebrates NYC’s kaleidoscopic nightlife. Lost One - Lauryn Hill

Duration: 00:25:48

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