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    UTS International Women's Day 2024

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    View the livestream here (broadcast starts at 10am, Fri 8 Mar)

    Wifedom: Exposing the workings of patriarchy 

    'To examine a marriage of eighty years ago involves the faux-comfort of distance (surely we are more evolved than that?) along with the frisson of horror: things have not changed nearly enough... Things in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear.' 
    Anna Funder, Wifedom

    In a patriarchal system, women’s relationships transform into a role – Mother. Wife. – that erases their individuality and signs them up to a motherload of unpaid labour.

    In Australia, women do more than nine hours more unpaid work and care each week than men, and do more unpaid housework than men even when they are the primary breadwinner. Nowhere in the world is this trend reversed. Women’s domestic labour upholds households and economies but is too often devalued and unacknowledged.

     It’s a bargain few people, including men, want to be part of. Yet it stubbornly persists.

    Join Anna Funder, award-winning writer and author of Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life, as she unpacks how the patriarchy continues to maintain the status quo – using the extraordinary lives of Eileen O’Shaughnessy and George Orwell to show it in microcosm.

    The event will also feature a panel discussion with A/Prof Ramona Vijeyarasa and Prof Peter Siminski, where our speakers will share insights and expertise on how we can move towards more equitable models.

    This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

    Event details

    The event will also be live-streamed, so you have the option to attend in-person or tune in online!

    9.45 am: Doors open
    10.00 am:
    IWD presentation commences
    10.10 am:
    Keynote presentation
    10.30 am:
    Panel session
    11.30 am:
    Event concludes

    Keynote speaker

    Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers. Her books Stasiland and All That I Am are prize-winning international bestsellers and translated into many languages. Her book, Wifedom, is hailed as a ‘masterpiece’ and was chosen as a Notable Book of 2023 by the New York Times and a Book of the Year by The Times, The Economist, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph (UK) and The Telegraph (UK). Anna’s signature works tell stories of courage, resistance, conscience and love, illuminating the human condition in times of tyranny and surveillance. Anna is a University of Technology Sydney Luminary and Ambassador.


    Associate Professor Ramona Vijeyarasa is a legal academic and women’s rights activist. She is the Chief Investigator behind the Gender Legislative Index, a tool designed to promote the enactment of legislation that works more effectively to improve women’s lives. Ramona’s academic career as a scholar of gender and the law follows ten years in international human rights activism, which has informed her impact-driven approach to research.

    Professor Peter Siminski is an applied microeconomist. He has over 20 years of policy-oriented research experience and is the Head of the Economics Department at UTS. Peter’s work applies modern impact evaluation techniques to estimate the effects of Australian Government policies and programs on people’s lives. The measurement of inequality and intergenerational economic mobility is a key theme of his work.

    Amy Persson (MC and moderator) is the interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Justice and Inclusion) at UTS. Amy is a public policy specialist who has worked across the private, public and not for profit sectors and was Head of Government Affairs and External Engagement at UTS. Previously, she held Senior Executive roles in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and also ran the Behavioural Insights Unit and Office of Social Impact.

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