MIDPA listed as a Top 50 Gender Equality Blog

MIDPA’s past and present Editors, Clemency Amanda Feli and Kathy, have an exciting announcement to share with our community. A year ago we started the MIDPA Blog with the vision of providing a non-bias space where students and like-minded individuals in the development and humanitarian sectors could grow ideas, express frustrations and share their light-bulb moments outside of the academic environment. During this time we have also heard from you, our audience of peers, contributors … Read more…

Development and Academia: experiences of an international convention

The International Studies Association 58th Annual Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland from February 22nd – 25th, 2017. It was organised by the International Studies Association, a premier organization promoting research activities since 1959  through connecting scholars and practitioners in the field of international studies. The theme of the convention was “Understanding Change in World Politics”. The theme resonated with the current political climate in America which impacted the participation of some of the potential attendees … Read more…

From Melbourne to Brasil: pursuing my gender justice goals through an internship of a lifetime

My story began very unremarkably: I applied for a last minute internship opportunity with Oxfam’s gender justice unit that had been created as a result of the Oxfam-Monash partnership. I emailed back with my CV within a few minutes (thank you email notifications!), and was eventually shortlisted for an interview with Kim Henderson, Oxfam’s gender justice lead. I was pretty nervous, but the interview ended up being a casual chat over a coffee in a … Read more…

On the Record: On Gender

On the Record is MIDPA’s freshest segment, combining the art of photography with the practice of development. Following the methodology of photovoice, we ask participants to capture an image on a topic they are passionate about, and then add their voice to these images. The consequent interview adds context to the images, encouraging debate and reflection. In honour of International Women’s Day, our Content Editor, Feli Bran, kicks off this segment with her reflections on gender, beauty, and representation. Q. … Read more…

Think Outside The Box

Imagine you meet a new person – the first information you would share would probably be nationality, occupation, educational background, current living situation and interests or hobbies. Meanwhile, you will probably be silently judging their appearance (whether it is gender, skin color, age) and forming your own opinions. It would only take you a couple of questions to figure out their sexual orientation and religious beliefs. Without being conscious about it, you categorise. You automatically … Read more…

WYLT… Attend this event: An Insight into Women, Diplomacy and Gender Equality?

Speaker: Ms Michele Woonacott, US Vice Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, US Consulate General, Melbourne 18:00 – 19:30 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 AIIA VICTORIA, DYASON HOUSE, 124 JOLIMONT ROAD, EAST MELBOURNE, 3002 Historically, the field of diplomacy has been a male-dominated occupation. Previously barred in some countries from working once married or after having children, women have had to overcome a multitude of archaic legal restrictions in order to realise the same opportunities afforded to their … Read more…