Monash women helping change the world as we #PressforProgress this IWD

forProgress as part of International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8. Three Monash experts are using their research and lending their voices to help shape the debate.

1. Women the key to fighting terrorism: Study

New research by Monash Professor Jacqui True identifies the vital role women can play in preventing terrorism. Prof True found that in their roles as mothers, carers and confidants women were identifying early signs of extremism. The research also showed that “promoting gender equality” within the family and community was potentially the most powerful way of counteracting extremist views.

About the expert: Jacqui True is Professor of Politics & International Relations and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Monash University, Australia. She is a specialist in Gender and International Relations.

About the expert: Dr Nicole Kalms is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and founding director of the XYX Lab which leads national research in Space, Gender and Communication.

3. A simple inhaler could be a lifesaver for millions of new mums

A new way to deliver a common drug could be a lifesaver for millions of new mothers in the developing world. Monash University Associate Professor Michelle McIntosh is leading the trials to deliver oxytocin, which can prevent potentially fatal haemorrhages during or after delivery of new babies, via inhalation instead if injection. Inhaled oxytocin helps avoid key risks in the developing world such as scant refrigeration, lack of trained staff and blood-borne diseases.

About the expert: Michelle McIntosh is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Assoc Prof McIntosh has an international reputation in the fields of pulmonary delivery and global health.

To find out more about any of these projects, or to arrange an interview with one of the experts, please contact Monash Media on (03) 99038404 or

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