Episode 15: Margrit Shildrick

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In this episode of the Scarlet Letter, Janice Richardson is joined by Margrit Shildrick, Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Stockholm University. Professor Shildrick’s work focuses on bioethics, microchimerism and prostheses, and the discussion in this episode centres around the feminist implications of these topics, and the roles that biology and sexual difference theory play in feminism. 

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Forced Marriage and Modern Slavery

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This 11 minute video on modern slavery features the work of Associate Professor Heli Askola, Feminist Legal Studies Group member, on forced marriage in Australia. In the video, Monash academics from a range of disciplines argue that slavery is not just a feature of history but part of contemporary Australian society.

Dr Askola argues that forced marriage, where young women are coerced into marriage is a form of family violence. She notes in the video that because of a barriers to reporting, we have little knowledge of the extent of forced marriage in Australia. She argues, “Legal solutions can only work as part of an overall strategy based on changing behaviour and addressing the structural barriers involved in forced marriage, human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.”

Dr Askola has also made a written case for the establishment of a modern slavery Act in Australia.  She notes that ‘Modern Slavery Act can be part of that effort, but it must be a part of a broader strategy that recognises states must give effect to all their international commitments relating to the various forms of ‘modern slavery’.’