Panel Event: Daughters of War – The Changing Role of Women in Modern Warfare

Panel Event: Daughters of War – The Changing Role of Women in Modern Warfare

On the 5th of October, 2016, students and friends of the PPE Society gathered together at a La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia to talk about the changing role that women play and have played in conflicts. This event was inspired by the article published on the PPE Society Website, Daughters of War (click here to read it).

The panel included Dr Jasmine Kim-Westendorf from La Trobe University, Captain Angela Madden and Corporal Danielle Gill from the Australian Defence Force. The introduction was delivered and panel discussion moderated by Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate Alison Cheney.

Summary from the Event Description:

We live in a new era. We fight wars like we never have before, we are learning new tactics to use with new alliances against new enemies.

Women are finding themselves in new roles in this new world order. The days of women as peripheral support alone is over. Women transcend the boundaries of wife, sister and mother in modern warfare. But what to?

Women have found new roles as intended targets and victims of a range of injustices across the globe. They have also found new opportunities as aggressors and protectors.


Dr. Jasmine Kim-Westendorf – Lecturer of International Relations at La Trobe University. Recently published her book “Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War”, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015.

Australian Defence Force – A small panel from the Australian Defence Force will be attending to talk about the history and the role women play in the Australian military today.

The event was filmed and edited by Thomas Edgoose (@tomedgoose – Twitter), graduate of a Bachelor of Media: Screen and Sound at La Trobe University and friend of the PPE Society.