A Podcast of One's Own with Julia Gillard
Indira Naidoo on grief and the enduring power of sisterhood
Season 4, Ep. 7
Listeners are advised that this episode contains discussion of suicide. If you need support at any time, please call Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14In this powerful episode, Julia is joined by renowned journalist, radio presenter, and author Indira Naidoo to explore acceptance, grief, love, and the healing powers of nature. During her 30 odd year career, Indira has hosted and reported for numerous news and current affairs shows, becoming a well-known and celebrated personality on Australian TV.Today, you can hear her voice on the ABC’s Nightline program. She will also be hosting two live events with Julia in Melbourne and Sydney this October to commemorate ten years since ‘The Misogyny Speech’. In 2000, Indira branched out beyond full-time news broadcasting to pursue advocacy based around global environmental problems and linking these to conflict, poverty, equity and food security. She has also become an advocate for food-gardening and design, publishing the Edible Balcony and The Edible City.Indira’s latest book The Space Between the Stars is an entirely different offering which provides a deeply personal exploration of Indira’s views of love, loss, and the restorative powers of nature, which she wrote following her youngest sister’s death by suicide. Julia and Indira discuss the incredible bond Indira shared with her sisters, and how the enduring power of sisterhood helped to carry her through life’s most difficult times. You can purchase Indira's book, The Space Between the Stars here.
Lina AbiRafeh on starting where you stand
Season 4, Ep. 6
Dr Lina AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert and gender equality advocate. She has spent more than two decades working to eradicate gender-based violence worldwide, working in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and many more. Lina previously served as the director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University and has worked as an advisor and aid worker for various human rights and development organisations, including the World Bank and several United Nations agencies. In 2018 and 2019 she was listed among the Gender Equality Top 100 most influential people in Global Policy for her research and dedication to gender-based violence prevention.
Amel Karboul on building a democracy in Tunisia
Season 4, Ep. 5
Dr Amel Karboul is an author, politician and business leader. She was the first woman in history to be Tunisia’s Minister of Tourism and was a leading member of the government that led that country’s transition to democracy, after the Arab Spring. Now, as CEO of The Education Outcomes Fund, she is using her skills to build an innovative new approach to making sure every child gets a great education.
Baroness Helena Kennedy on the power of law to drive change
Season 4, Ep. 4
Baroness Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers and has dedicated her more than forty-year career to giving voice to those who have least power within the system. Helena has worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile cases, including the appeal by the Guildford Four, who were wrongly accused and imprisoned for planting an IRA bomb in a pub used by British soldiers. She is also a leading voice for equal opportunities for women working in law and has championed reforms to address the discrimination experienced by women in the legal system, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence.In this episode, Helena shares what sparked her love affair with the law and how she bucked convention to become one of Britain's leading barristers at a time when women were largely excluded from the legal profession. She and Julia discuss her landmark human rights cases, and also delve into her recent work on the #EvacuateHer campaign to provide support to female judges, lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families who were at risk after the Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan.Learn more about the #EvacuateHer campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-afghan-judges-lawyers-womens-activists
Spotlight on Queen Elizabeth II and female leadership
Season 4, Ep. 3
Earlier this month, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. In this special Spotlight episode, we’ll be exploring her historic reign and what it can teach us about gender roles and female leadership. For this conversation, Julia is joined by Anna Whitelock a historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in monarchy. Anna is a Professor of the History of Monarchy at City, University of London, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Monarchy.
Spotlight on the gendered impacts of the war in Ukraine
Season 4, Ep. 2
Our Spotlight episodes take a deep-dive into the latest news, issues and ideas on women and gender equality, and feature incredible researchers from the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London and beyond. In this episode, Julia is joined by Andrea Ellner, a Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London who specialises in gender, war, and security, to explore how the Ukraine war is impacting women and girls. If you would like to support women in Ukraine, you can donate to the UN Women’s emergency Ukraine appeal here: https://www.unwomenuk.org/ukraine
Gloria Steinem on what feminism means today
Season 4, Ep. 1
Julia is joined by feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Gloria has been at the vanguard of the women’s rights movement and has been questioning the status quo and pushing against the patriarchy for almost 60 years. They discuss Gloria’s career as a political activist, journalist, writer, and editor, the erosion of reproductive rights in the US, and what feminism means today.
Spotlight on the Stella Prize – Celebrating women's writing
Season 3, Ep. 24
Now in its 10th year, the Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing and championing diversity and cultural change. To celebrate the 2022 prize, Julia sits down with Evelyn Araluen, this year’s prize winner, to discuss her award-winning debut book, Drop Bear, which weaves together past and present, her personal history and the story of indigenous Australia through powerful lyrical verse. Evelyn shares her writing experience, her journey into poetry and what it’s been like being recognised by the prize. Julia also speaks with Jaclyn Booton, the Executive Director of the Stella Prize, about how it was established and why it is so important to spotlight Australian women’s writing. Evie Wyld also joins this bumper episode to share her experience as the 2021 prize winner and talk about her critically acclaimed novel, The Bass Rock. Show notes Learn more about the Stella Prize at https://stella.org.au/prize/The 2022 Prize winning book, Drop Bear by Evelyn Araluen is available in Australia at https://www.uqp.com.au/books/dropbearThe 2021 Prize winning novel, The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld is available in Australia at https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-bass-rock-9781761045301 and in the UK at https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-bass-rock/evie-wyld/9781784705497
Theresa May and Julia Gillard: an International Women's Day conversation
Season 3, Ep. 23
In this special episode – which is a recording from a live Global Institute for Women’s Leadership event held in London in the week of International Women’s Day, in partnership with Ipsos UK – Julia speaks to Theresa May, who in 2016 became only the second woman to serve as UK prime minister. The two former leaders sat down to discuss their experiences at the highest level of politics, the obstacles they faced, and what we can do to improve gender equality and women's political representation.You can watch the full event at https://tinyurl.com/MayGillardIWD.