Is every voice, experience and discipline valued in Australian universities?
Gender, Women's, Queer, Sexuality and Diversity studies give a voices to groups who have been silenced by history. Yet they are the first subject areas to be hung out to dry by Australian tertiary institutions.
After more than 40 years, the University of Queensland is set to discontinue the Gender Studies major as of 2013. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence; it was also cut in 2012 at La Trobe University and in 2008 at the University of Melbourne (in 2013 it has been re-introduced at Melbourne due to demand).
Through these cuts, what message is being sent to young people and the value of every voice in society? The struggle for equality is not a myth but it will fast become one unless we stand, defend and fight for these vital disciplines.
Universities Australia & TEQSA must introduce standards and adopt platforms, which directly relate to the range of voices and subjects being taught in universities.
We demand a diversity of choice, a diversity of voices and herstory to be taught. We demand the preservation of gender, queer, sexuality and diversity subjects and reinstated where it has been cancelled. Studies of gender and diversity have a necessary place in any comprehensive tertiary institution.