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Eva Cox - More Civil Societies

enadmin, 22nd May 2014

Having recently taken over CRN’s weekly comment spot - previously presented by long-time National Affairs commentator Mungo MacCallum, who is on extended leave due to illness – Eva Cox’s ‘More Civil Societies’ is a 6-8 minute opinion segment on current social/political issues.

Perfect as a drop-in piece for your station’s Breakfast, Drive program or other suitable timeslot, Eva is an insightful writer, lecturer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator, political researcher, activist and a strong advocate for creating more civil societies.

Born in Vienna in 1938, just weeks before the occupation and annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany, Eva’s Jewish family fled to England where they spent the war years. After the war, her father worked for the United Nations Refugee Association in Rome, where Cox continued her schooling for two years, before joining her mother’s extended family in Sydney in 1948. 

Later in life, Eva found purpose through activism and became involved in the libertarian Sydney Push. In the 1970s she helped establish the Women’s Electoral Lobby, later helping to also found the Women's Economic Think Tank and lecturing at the University of Technology. From 1977 to 1981 Cox was Director of the New South Wales Council for Social Service (NCOSS), and in 1980 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. In 1995 she delivered the ABC Boyer lectures and was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to women's welfare.

Since 2007, Eva has been a Fellow of the independent Centre for Policy Development and a Professorial Fellow at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS. In 2011 she was honoured with her own postage stamp as an ‘Australian Legend’, and she regularly appears on various current affairs programs, including ABC-TV’s popular ‘Q&A’.

Check out: ‘The Endurance of Eva Cox’ by Danielle Chiaverini.

More Civil Socities with Eva Cox is available for local playout to all stations through the Community Radio Network service. It is playing live via satellite Wednesdays at 12:32 EDT and 17:30 EST, and is available for DDN capture. For further information contact CRN staff at the CBAA office on 02 9310 2999 or email [email protected].

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If you need a distraction from the distraction that is Australia's political class, tune in to Alternative Radio and suck up some really interesting and intelligent comment.


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