Senator Marilou McPhedran podcast on sexual harassment, bullying and organisational culture


FEMRAM member Senator Marilou McPhedran was a guest at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary  on Nov. 13, 2018. She presented recent research on sexual harassment and spoke about unwanted sexual attention, bullying and the culture of medicine and science more generally. Listen to the podcast Sexual harassment, bullying and the culture of medicine: A conversation with Senator Marilou McPhedran.

Read the full news item from the University of Calgary here. Read the National Academies report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine here.

Senator McPhedran is a leading Canadian legal advocate for human rights for women and girls.

FEMRAM member Lise Gotell on UN panel



FEMRAM member Landrex Distinguished Professor Lise Gotell was featured on the UN Safe Cities forum. The panel also included Status of Women Minister Danielle Larivee, Purna Sen, Director of Policy at UN Women, and Muriel Stanley Venne, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. CBC Edmonton covered the event in the October 16, 2018 event Edmonton exploring how to make public spaces safer for women.  Continue reading

FEMRAM members join 271 law professors opposing Kavanaugh nomination

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FEMRAM members Professor Joan Meier and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz were among 271 experts on violence and gender who signed a letter to the Judiciary Committee opposing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States without a full investigation of the reports of sexual assault and Kavanaugh’s reflections on the complex issue of violence against women which is one of the important issues considered by the court.

Kavanaugh has been reported by three women for three different sexual assaults. He displayed contempt for women and a belligerent demeanour during hearings before the Judiciary Committee last week.

The letter was delivered to committee members on Friday, September 28, 2018 and became a part of the hearing record.  An earlier version of the letter was posted to the NYT at  & on SSRN at

Read the final letter and full list of signatories here

See Julie Goldscheid’s comments here

Ruth Halperin-Kaddari in the news


FEMRAM member Ruth Halperin-Kaddari was quoted in the 6 July 2018 article UN grills Australia on multiple failures to protect women against violence by Susan Hutchinson.

The article noted Australian cuts to domestic violence services such as women’s shelters, housing, financial, and legal services despite lip service to domestic violence reforms. It also criticised the abrupt decision to merge the Family Court with the Federal Circuit Court when a major review of family law system led by Professor Helen Rhoades is currently underway. The report from the Australian Law Review Commission is due to the Attorney-General by 31 March 2019. The committee backed calls for a Royal Commission into violence experienced by people with disabilities and implementation of the recommendations on violence experienced by Indigenous women and children.

Professor Halperin-Kaddari, an expert on family law and gendered violence, is Member, Chair of the Working Group on Inquiries and former Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She teaches at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, and is the Director of the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University.



Recently published: Resistance and backlash to gender equality: An evidence review

Crime and Justice Research Centre members Associate Professor Michael Flood and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz and Deakin University Honorary Professor Bob Pease recently published Resistance and backlash to gender equality: An evidence review

The report is part of VicHealth’s efforts to promote gender equality in Australia. It informed the campaign (En)countering resistance Strategies to respond to resistance to gender equality initiatives. View the collection of resources at 13 Steps to Tackle Gender Discrimination.

Michael Flood presented the research at the Managing Resistance to Gender Equality for Policy and Practice event, 21 March 2018. Watch the video here.