The podcast aims to talk to leading activists and researchers who work on questions and issues related to gender, so it can be brought to a wider audience
The Engendering Change Podcast is hosted by Niamh Maguire (senior lecturer in law) and John O’Brien (lecturer in sociology) and produced by Rob O’Connor from the Department of Computing and Mathematics.
Gender is fundamental to self-identity, to social roles, to forms of inequality and privilege, it has been at the centre of the past at present and is being re-examined, along with questions inclusion, representativeness, rights and recognition today.
In the podcast, they look at questions about how the law has historically been something that underpins patriarchy and listen to experts about how law can be developed in a way that is emancipatory.
Chatting to researchers
The podcast also engages with activists who are campaigning for social change including greater equality between the sexes in work, employment, welfare and in social and civil rights. They talk to researchers who have explored how gender structures the marginalisation experienced by different groups and individuals.
Open the conversation
John explained that their motivation for the podcast was "to foster an open conversation about identity, difference and inequality. Intersectionality is a buzzword about how our opportunities in life are shaped by a variety of cross-cutting identities, such as sexuality, ethnicitiy and socioeconomic position. Gender is a central part of this mix. These identities structure our lives for good or for ill, and we to have open and informed conversations about them to do better in law, social policy and work.
"We have been hearing a lot lately about what was hidden in the more closed society that Ireland used to be, so it is important to continue to try to talk and shine a light on such questions."
To raise awareness
Niamh added that: her motivation for starting this podcast series comes from what she sees as a "general lack of awareness and understanding in Irish society around how gender structures our lives, experiences and choices."
“The hope is that talking about gender in an informed way, and from several different perspectives, will stimulate the emergence of a better understanding of the many ways in which gender structures our lives, how we feel about ourselves and how we interpret the world we live in and the choices we make.
“While the key audience is our immediate academic community, including our undergraduate and postgraduate students, and colleagues across all Schools at WIT, I hope that this gender podcast series will resonate with members of the public too."
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