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Accent of Women is a show by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a commitment to progressive politics. It is aimed at ethnic women and people interested in issues by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Accent of Women is a show by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a commitment to progressive politics. It is aimed at ethnic women and people interested in issues by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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Accent of Women is a show by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a commitment to progressive politics. It is aimed at ethnic women and people interested in issues by and about women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.






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writing from the margins

Veteran broadcaster Namila Benson talks ghost-writing, community radio, and Jack Charles.Later in the show, cultural historian Samia Khatun discusses the inspiration for her book - Australianama.GuestsNamila Benson is a broadcaster, media trainer and national radio producer who works across multiple media platforms. She got her start in radio 26 years ago on 3CR. Most recently, she ghostwrote the memoir of respected actor, activist and Elder - Uncle Jack Charles. The book is called, “Jack...


East Timor's independence - 20 years on

August 30, 2019 commemorates 20 years since the East Timor referendum on independence. In 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor, beginning a brutal regime of occupation that would last until 1999. More than 200,000 East Timorese died and many more suffered during massacres, torture and starvation.Carla Chung is an organiser with the United Workers Union, she is East Timorese, and an East Timor independence activist. She both grew up in East Timor and is one of the younger generation of...


Siege on Kashmir

Thirteen million people in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir have spent the last three weeks under a regime of extraordinary repression and collective punishment at the hands of India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government. Freedom of speech and assembly have been abolished, with gatherings of more than four people outlawed. Critics who have denounced the repression to the media have been imprisoned. Public transport has been shut down, and the region’s economy has ground to a halt. So, what...


Let's Talk Love

What comes to mind when you hear the word love? Is it romantic relationships? Friendships? Self-love? Community? Arts and cultural curator Bigoa Choul joins us this week to make sense of a concept that is so polarizing. Today’s episode is inspired by an upcoming event called ‘Let's Talk Love’ hosted by Bigoa Chuol and featuring the contributors of 'Growing Up African in Australia'. The event is part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.Artist bio: Bigoa is an arts and cultural curator, writer...


Decolonising Environmentalism

The face of the environmentalism movement in Australia is predominantly white. Why is this the case and how can the movement expand to include all voices?The Multicultural Greens Victoria hosted a panel that tackled those exact questions. We also spoke to Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Green's Senator for NSW, about islamophobia, decolonisation and why she continues to speak out against misogyny and racism. Panelists- Dr. Priya Srinivasan, Associate Professor Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and...


A Voice and a Treaty

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, recently announced plans to introduce an Indigenous voice to parliament. Some embraced the news as a positive step towards self-determination, while others were more skeptical.On today's episode we ask Gunnai-Kurnai and Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpewhat she thinks about an Indigenous voice to parliament, and also get updates on Victoria’s exciting treaty negotiations. Lidia Thorpe is a human rights advocate and a former greens MP for the...


Aboriginal Stolen Wages supposed settlement

NAIDOC week was 8 to 15 July. This week on Accent of Women, we bring you the voices of Aboriginal women in struggle. In the second part of the show, we play an exerpt from a public meeting held at Victoria’s Trades Hall. The public meeting was called Fighting for Black issues in a White Democracy.But first up on the show, the landmark announcement about the Stolen Wages settlement. A class action on behalf of an estimated 10,000 Indigenous workers in Queensland who had their wages stolen...


Rwandan Genocide and Fighting for Black Issues in a White Democracy

In 1994, close to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus lost their lives in the Rwandan Genocide. We commemorate the 25th anniversary by bringing you stories of hope and resilience. In the second half of the program, you'll hear a snippet of the event Fighting for Black Issues in a White Democracy , organised by First Nations Workers Alliance and Victorian Trades Hall Council .


Uprisings in Hong Kong

Two million people took to the streets in Hong Kong last week and they were joined by the organsied labour movement days later, in a general strike on Monday 19 June, in massive protests opposing a proposed extradition bill. These are the biggest protests in Hong Kong with approximately 2 thirds of the entire city participating.But what is the extradition bill, and why has this proposal brought so many people to the streets? What do these demonstrations say about Hong Kong’s relationship to...


Sudan's Uprising and AFP raids

Rai Ismail and Abuk Nyandeng discuss Sudan's uprising & Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, the managing editor at Crikey, looks at last week's AFP raids and their implications for press freedom


Stop the genocide in Yemen

Yemen is being described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, but hardly anyone knows or understands what’s going on. The Houthi movement, an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa'dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s, took the capital, Sana’a in 2014. But who are they are? Is the war about them? To discuss this issue and the complexity of the Yemen war and catastrophic humanitarian crisis, I am joined by Kamillia el-Eriani. Kamillia is originally from Yemen...


Siblings of the Yam

This week we bring you some interesting conversations about healing, self-compassion, and healthy egos.These conversations were part of the Siblings of the Yam workshops organized by Aisha Tramabas and Inez Tramabas of Negro Speaks of Books.The workshops are part of a month-long series called Black Tourmaline.


10 year anniversary of the Tamil genocide

May 18 is the anniversary of the Tamil genocide and the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This year, 2019, marks 10 years. On today’s program, we look at the situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka.On today's program, Nilanthi Kanapathipillai, a Tamil activist based here in Melbourne Victoria. and Shivani Jegarajah, human rights activist and barrister in Sri Lanka.


Samsung's Union Busting in South Korea

Samsung is a vehemently anti-union company. It has avoided all attempts to be held to account for the occupational deaths in its factory, a direct result of the chemicals used in the production of microchips that go into its electronic products.A compensation claim that is currently before the courts accidentally revealed that Samsung has been running surveillance on unionists and activists as a part of their union-busting campaign.To talk about all of this, on today’s program I am joined by...


Repression against women in Iran on May Day

International Workers Day – May Day, is both celebrated used as a day of continuing struggle right across the world. In some parts of the world, taking to the streets is, in itself, an act of dissent and of resistance, and workers risk their lives just doing that. Iran is one such country where workers’ organising is heavily and brutally repressed. Hana is a labour movement activist, originally from Iran and now based in melbourne, victoria. She has recently returned from Iran and on today’s...


Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition

This week we listen to a panel discussion hosted by Allies Decolonising.The event, Sovereignty, Treaty and Constitutional Recognition brought together Aboriginal community members to discuss the treaty process and Aboriginal sovereignty. PanelistsLidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, living on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne’s north. She is a community worker, mother and grandmother. Lidia has spent decades fighting for Aboriginal rights and the environment, including fighting to...


Trans Day of Visibility

March 31st is Trans Day of Visibility, so today on Accent of Women, we are going to hand over to Sally Goldner, and her show Out of The Pan. On Sunday 31 March, Out of The Pan held a special, Trans Voices of Colour, and that’s what we bring you today.


Women of Colour Speak Out on Climate Change

Women of Color Speak Out is a collective of five climate justice, racial justice, gender justice and intersectional movement activists that came together in 2015 in Seattle during the ShellNo campaign. Those women formed Women of Colour Speak Out, out of a desire to create a space for women of color in the climate movement which, according to them, is dominated by white, cis men. In December 2015, they spoke at a public meeting.On today’s show, we feature the speeches of Sarra Tekola,...


Community Activators

This week we speak to Abbey Mag and Awak Kongor about their contributions to the South Sudanese community in Melbourne and the ethical risks of creating for/about community.Abbey Mag is a proud Dinka Bor woman of Junub Sudan, now formally known as South Sudan. Abbey’s interest lay in the use of social media and how it can be utilised as means of telling stories and changing narrative. Awak Rech Kongor is a South Sudanese young black woman in Narrm, Melbourne Victoria. She is the founder of...


Defy Your Destiny

On today’s program, we speak with Fiori Giovanni motivational speaker, social commentator, and author of the about to be released life memoir, Defy Your Destiny. Fiori is a woman who uses her own story of survival to help others. Born in war torn Eritrea, in north east Africa, Fiori defies a destiny of being a child bride, being a child soldier, and eventually being a refugee, to make it in Australia.