Feminising New Economies and Post-Covid Futures

Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (AEST, Brisbane time)
Location: Online (Zoom)
webinars 2021

In this webinar, NENA's Women in the New Economy Hub will address the role that women and feminised knowledges and wisdoms can play in shaping post-covid futures dedicated to well-being and embedding economies that are life enhancing, not death-making.

Covid has arguably intensified underlying fault-lines in an unsustainable matrix of economy and social-ecological relationships. Rates of gendered precarity in work and housing, and broader historic and contemporary intersectional inequities are cracking the socio-political landscape. Logics of polarisation, hate, division and cruelty are being fostered by powerful political and economic forces.

The women and women-identifying collective of the Women in the New Economy hub, NENA, are committed to nurturing other kinds of caring political-economic futures which tend to ecologies of intimacy, and honour Country and more-than-human and non-human kin. We are led by, and centre, the First Nation foremothers of these lands and bring these wisdoms and lineages into dialogue with our distinct and pluridiverse wisdoms, experiences and knowledges.

The dialogue-webinar will be facilitated by Sara C Motta.

Our invited speakers are all members of the Women in the New Economy Hub and bring together pluridiverse knowledges, expertise and experience with which to contribute to the co-weaving of new feminised and decolonised economies.


- Myfan Jordan
- Kamaljit K Sangha,
- Ybiskay Gonzalez
- Kumari Abeydeera
Hosted by Sara C. Motta


Myfan Jordan is the founder director of Grassroots Research Studio in Na'arm (Melbourne). Her research focuses on gendered ageing, mutualism, (co)housing and women's labour. She is a strong advocate for 'subversive localism' and post-growth economic organisation.

Kamaljit K Sangha has gained skills and knowledge in a trans-disciplinary field of Ecological Economics over the last 20 years. She has been extensively working with the Indigenous communities across northern Australia, especially on linking ecosystem services from rainforest and savanna ecosystems with the well-being of remote communities.

Ybiskay Gonzalez is an indigenous woman from the Global South who holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Newcastle, Australia, an M.A in Participation and Politics from the University of Bradford, and a B.A in Sociology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Her research interests are focused on polarisation, discourse policy analysis and decolonial feminism. She is currently casual academic staff at the University of Newcastle, Australia in the discipline of Politics.

Kumari Abeydeera is a Mother, psychotherapist and researcher who is passionate about co-weaving new economies of care which centre women’s sovereignty and cultural knowing-being. After having worked as an occupational therapist and psychotherapist for two decades in mental health services in London and Sydney, she now lives on Darug and Gundungurra land in the Blue Mountains of so called Australia, where she gathers Mothers in her community and co-weaves containers of emergence which honour women’s wisdom and sovereignty and provides counter narratives to white supremacist, patriarchal, capital, western biomedical hegemony. She is embarking on a PhD journey investigating Mothers reconnecting with ancestral knowledge to improve their wellbeing at the University of Newcastle with Associate Professor Sara Motta.

Sara C. Motta co-founded of the Women in the New Economy NENA Hub; is a mother, poet, political theorist, community educator and head of Politics at the University of Newcastle, NSW with over two decades of experience working with raced and feminised communities co-weaving alternatives to hetero-patriarchal capitalist coloniality. Her latest book ‘Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (2018, Rowman and Littlefield) was recipient of 2020 Best Feminist Kook 2020, International Studies Association.