2020-2021 Podcasts

Intro to IR Theories: What they are and what they mean for nuclear weapons

In our third episode, Lisa Carson (Young WILPF co-ordinator, 33 yrs) chats with Young WILPF Intern Christina (26 yrs) about a few main theories of international relations theories and what these mean when it comes to nuclear weapons. Take a listen to learn more about realism, liberalism and feminism, and how each provides a different lens for understanding nuclear weapons in the real world.

Christina – is completing an internship with Young WILPF. She is in her last semester of a Master’s in International Relations at Melbourne University. And she’s interested in nuclear weapons, terrorism and particularly passionate about studying feminism and a big fan of Cynthia Enloe.

Lisa – is based on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne) but works across Australia. She is the voluntary coordinator of Young WILPF Australia (among other roles) and is a keen advocate of building capacity in younger people to bring about progressive social change.

Photo Source: The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in New York, June 2017. – Credit: David Field

Yasmin Poole: Activism in the spotlight

In our second episode, Romy Nolan (16 yrs) and Esther Abiya (16 yrs) chat with Young WILPF member Yasmin Poole (21 yrs) about her advocacy and activism, including her time on Q&A, work with Plan International, and her past experience as  Chair of the Victorian Youth Congress. Take a listen about how she became involved in activism, the pro’s and con’s of the media spotlight, and what her activism visions are for the future.

Yasmin- is based on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne) and theNgunnawal people (Canberra).Described as a ‘human megaphone for Gen Z’, she’s originally from country Victoria and is currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations at ANU.

Romy- is in year 10 based in Melbourne on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. She’s passionate about philosophy, feminism, activism, and climate action. She is a founding member of her High School feminist collective, a member of YWILPF Australia and School Strike for Climate and in 2018 led the children and youth march for Kids off Nauru.

Esther– is a Congolese Australian based in Brisbane in Queensland on the land of the Jagera and Turbul peoples. Inspired by the adoption of her 11 siblings and her refugee background, Esther is a human rights advocate and activist in her community. This year she founded the Brisbane Youth Refugee Project, she’s also a committee member of Youth Voice Brisbane, a Student Voice Consultant at Brisbane BCE, and a member of Queensland Youth Parliament.

Photo Source: Q&A, ABC

Climate Strike: Get Involved Now!


In our first episode, Romy Nolan (16 yrs) and Esther Abiya (16 yrs) sit down with Sam Pensalfini (13 yrs), an incredible young school striker living in Brisbane, to talk about the upcoming Global Day of Action by School Strike for Climate on Friday September 25th. Take a listen below and no matter your age, get involved, there’s no planet B!

Sam– Sam Pensalfini is a year 7 student based in Meanjin (Brisbane) Queensland on Jagera and Turbul peoples land and is involved with School Strike 4 Climate, Stop Adani, and AYCC.

Romy- Romy is in year 10 based in Melbourne on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. She’s passionate about philosophy, feminism, activism, and climate action. She is a founding member of her High School feminist collective, a member of YWILPF Australia and School Strike for Climate and in 2018 led the children and youth march for Kids off Nauru.

Esther– Esther is a Congolese Australian based in Brisbane in Queensland on the land of the Jagera and Turbul peoples. Inspired by the adoption of her 11 siblings and her refugee background, Esther is a human rights advocate and activist in her community. This year she founded the Brisbane Youth Refugee Project, she’s also a committee member of Youth Voice Brisbane, a Student Voice Consultant at Brisbane BCE, and a member of Queensland Youth Parliament.

Photo source: Julian Meehan, New.com, Nov 30th 2018 (School students striking in Melbourne)