Causindy Online


The fourth and final instalment in the CAUSINDY Online webinar series focused on equality, empowerment and intersectionality. The panel of speakers included Dr Annisa Beta (Cultural Studies Expert, University of Melbourne), Dr Dina Afrianty (Founder and President of the Australia-Indonesia Disability Research and Advocacy Network, or AIDRAN), and Beau Newham (co-Founder of Queer Indonesia Archive), and was moderated by CAUSINDY CEO Balawyn Jones.

Focusing on gender advocacy, the panellists discussed equality and empowerment from a range of intersectional perspectives, including disability and queer advocacy.

The CAUSINDY Online Gender Panel was held on Wednesday, 16 December 2020. Missed the panel? Listen to the webinar recording on demand on our Spotify page, or view the panel below.


Dr Annisa R Beta

Dr Annisa R Beta is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne. Her research is broadly concerned with youth, new media and political subjectivity in Southeast Asia. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, from 2018 to 2019. Her forthcoming articles will be published in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Continuum. She has also published her writing with South China Morning Post, The Jakarta Post and

Beau Newham

Beau Newham (he/him) is the co-founder of Queer Indonesia Archives, a community focused and volunteer run digital archiving project committed to the collection, preservation and celebration of material reflecting the lives and experiences of queer Indonesia. Outside of his work with the archive, Beau has worked in the sexual health and HIV and LGBTIQ+ activism space in Indonesia for the last 5 years.

Dr Dina Afrianty

Dr Dina Afrianty is a researcher in the field of women’s rights and disability rights in Muslim societies, and currently a Research Fellow, Law School Operations at La Trobe University. She completed her PhD at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne, in 2011. Dina published her first book on Women and Sharia Law in Northern Indonesia: Local Women’s NGOs and the Reform of Islamic Law in 2015 with Routledge. She is the founder and current President of Australia-Indonesia Disability Research and Advocacy Network (AIDRAN), which is supported by a multi-year grant from Knowledge Sector Initiative, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and implemented in partnership with Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency.


Balawyn Jones

Balawyn Jones is the CEO of CAUSINDY, and currently holds the positions of Research Fellow at the Institute for International Law and Humanities and Teaching Fellow (Human Rights and Global Justice). She completed her PhD at the Asian Law Centre and Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne. She researches across the fields of Indonesian law and human rights, in particular with respect to gender, religion and law. She has an interest in the protection of women’s rights in developing jurisdictions and her doctoral thesis examines criminal justice responses to domestic violence.