Social Science Group

HASS Successfully Hosted a Workshop on Women’s Empowerment in Patriarchal Societies


A workshop aiming to support women’s empowerment in patriarchal societies was held at UNSW Canberra on the 20th June 2018. This workshop was the first of the coming Social Sciences Research Group workshops at HASS. It  was organised by Dr Minako Sakai (Director of Social Sciences Research Group)  School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), UNSW Canberra,  in partnership with Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge, Chair of the Gendered Violence Research Network) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), UNSW Sydney.  UNSW experts including Professor Anthony Burke (HASS), Dr Felix Tan (Business), Professor Louise Edwards (FASS), and Professor Anthony Zwi (FASS) attended as speakers and discussants, alongside practitioners in gender issue, represented by Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and Care Australia.  Three research students from Southeast Asian Social Inquiry at HASS also participated in the workshops.

The workshop involved a series of insightful presentations delivered by the practitioners and scholars on the topic of women’s empowerment and its implications on gender relations and gendered violence. For instance, from practitioners’ side, Care Australia provided a report on their work in supporting rural women’s participation in coffee business in Papua New Guinea. From academic side, Dr Sakai delivered her study on how Muslim women can be successful in business amidst the patriarchal society of Indonesia. According to Dr Sakai, the exchange of knowledge between scholars and practitioners is intended to facilitate knowledge exchange on the issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment, one of the pressing issues highlighted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  This cross-faculty research workshop aimed at fostering research excellence and building long-term broader collaborations titled Gender, Human Security, Social and Technological Development @UNSW among UNSW academics, practitioners and policy makers in bringing more gender equality in patriarchal societies.

DrSakai and A. Prof Breckenridge Opened the Workshop on Women's Empowerment at
HASS, UNSW Canberra

Presentations and Discussions by Scholars and Practitioners

Prof Anthony Burke, Associate Head of Research, HASS UNSW Canberra, gave a token of Appreciation to Care Australia