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Professor Cathy Richardson on women’s health in the context of colonialism, capitalism and social inequality

20 May @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Indigenous Australian woman smiling off camera. Behind her is bush land.

Professor Cathy Richardson is visiting the UTS Faculty of Health and will present on response-based, women-centered and Indigenous understandings of social interaction, highlighting the importance of human dignity, acknowledging resistance and the need for accurate descriptions of women’s experience.

In this talk

Cathy will be providing a response-based framework for understanding and analysing women’s health and wellbeing in the present-day context of colonialism, capitalism and social inequality. She will discuss the importance of affirming dignity, understanding resistance to mistreatment, righteous indignation as a response to sexism and critical use of accurate language, particularly in relation to descriptions of violence. Cathy will discuss some current conceptualisations of violence against women in relation to extractive industries and Indigenous land, citing parallels of how women and Earth are treated. Finally, she will provide some examples from activism that celebrate women’s collective political action and commitments to social and gender equity and just co-existence.

About the speaker

Professor Cathy Richardson is a senior academic, counsellor and advocate who has spent many years advocating and working with marginalised people. She is an Indigenous woman (Metis with Cree, Dene and Gwichin ancestry). Cathy’s research priorities are issues of violence perpetrated interpersonally and by the state. In Canada where Cathy is located, she also studies the context of violence against Indigenous peoples, situated within a larger epistemological framework of understanding the interconnectedness between personal, collective and ecological wellbeing, in alignment with an Indigenous worldview.


20 May
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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