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Weekly wrap-up: 2018 November week 2

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On BroadAgenda this week: Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific region. Some progress on gender equality, but do the formal agendas actually reflect and recognise the diversity of Pacific women?  And a must-read on gender innovations: Australia once proudly set the global model for gender budgeting, before ceasing the practice in 2014. Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer and Professor Miranda Stewart provide a comprehensive overview of the concept and its global impact.
A busy week in Gender News again: They marched, they ran, and they won; A night of historic firsts as diverse women break barriers in the US midterm elections; “A women’s place is in the elected office”: Theresa May hosts 100 female MPs from around the world. However, not a great week for research news: Survey shows that prejudice against female leaders more common than we think; and a wake-up call for Australia as the country’s largest-ever survey shows that sexism is still rife in the society. Kate Jenkins on the workplace sexual harassment in the Northern Territory; Marginalising women in combat roles – the gaps between policy and practice; and thousands of Google staff across the world stage demonstrations targeting workplace culture. ‘Male genius’ as an excuse for bad behaviour – time to stop lamenting the lost opportunities for those who squandered the privilege of that position in the first place, argues Clementine Ford; and “Bad boys” climbing back after a fall from grace – why we should be wary of ‘comeback kings’.  
Lastly: Gender equality remains a distant goal, but those fighting against racism can actually learn a lot from the gender equality movement.

EVENT: 50/50 Foundation Advisory Council member, Her Excellency Menna Rawlings, British High Commissioner will give a live broadcast address at the National Press Club, Wednesday 5th December. Luncheon 11.30am for 12pm-1.30pm. We hope to see you there! Book quickly here via the NPC.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 November week 1

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BroadAgenda this week: Where are the women? Dr Bec Strating and Dr Jasmine Westendorf tackle the exclusion of women from foreign affairs discourse. Why, despite a plethora of women in this field, are their voices shut out?

A busy week in Gender News“If you’re trying to be a man, it’s a waste of a woman” - former Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop talks up the necessity of transformative female leadership; these 10 countries all have cabinets that are at least 50% female, with Ethiopia the most recent addition; the current US midterm elections rate as one of the most diverse elections in US history; while the rate of women in Australian state politics is growing as fast as slow grass, from 29.7% in 2005 to 32.6% now: begging the question (again!) could gender quotas help the Liberal Party with its ‘women problem’?

A fascinating read on the leader of ‘Proud Boys’  with warnings as to why Australia must be wary of this self-described “proud Western Chauvinist” who is on his way here.

In Business leaders are still challenged when it comes to overseeing inclusive workplace culture. In science, only 13% of STEM graduates are female – is this gender gap damaging Australia’s prosperity? And new research utilising crowd-mapping technology explores women’s safety in public - how can this research help planners and architects develop more inclusive public spaces?

And finally to our favourite story of the week - the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s very own Director Virginia Haussegger has been named ACT 2019 Australian of the year! Everyone at BroadAgenda and the 50/50 Foundation is so proud of Virginia, and thrilled to see work in the gender advocacy space being so prominently honoured. Onward and upward!

Event: She’s unfettered and alive – Author talk with Dr Anne Summers AO at the National Library in Canberra on 8 November. Book your tickets here.

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Weekly wrap-up: 2018 October week 4


On BroadAgenda this week: Kerryn Phelps’ recent victory in the Wentworth bi-election - do unaligned women speak more directly to local community concerns? Journalist and political advisor Tony Nagy suggests Australian democratic innovations may favour female independents. Also, a deep dive into violence against women in refugee camps. Are we hiding behind the ‘firewood’ solution? Researcher Romy Listo unravels uncomfortable truths.

In Gender News: Senator David Leyonhjelm wants an Office for Men: Larissa Waters reminded him we have one – it’s called ‘Parliament’! In the US, are female political candidates still unicorns? Quite possibly! On the positive ledger -  the number of women on Commonwealth sector public boards is finally approaching parity; not so positive - women in science are facing high levels of discrimination. In business news - research suggests women are likely to be punished for traits that help men succeed; Sheryl Sandberg argues progress towards gender parity in corporate America has not only slowed, but stalled; Stephanie Denning agrees progress remains glacial but believes authenticity and support in leadership provide key solutions. Lastly, more on the staggering economic costs of gender inequality, as Fairfax Media’s Mark Kenny opines on our recent ‘In Conversation’ with World Bank Gender Director Dr Caren Grown.  Plenty more at www.broadagenda.com.au/gender-news

Finally, happy news out of BroadAgenda’s hometown this week, with the announcement of all-female ACT nominees for Australian and Young Australian of the year (including our very own 5050 by 2030 Foundation Director Virginia Haussegger - congratulations!)

Event: She’s unfettered and alive – Author talk with Dr Anne Summers AO at the National Library in Canberra on 8 November. Book your tickets here.

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Weekly wrap-up: 2018 October week 3

shutterstock shutterstock 11230969221On BroadAgenda this week: Women’s economic exclusion is costing around $160 trillion globally in lost economic growth. Fairfax Media’s National Affairs Editor, Mark Kenny reflects on the dangers of the 'market distortion' embodied in female economic exclusion. We also take a look at violence against women in politics. What exactly is ‘political violence’? And finally, Australia likes to boast that in 1902 it became the first nation in the world to give women the right to vote and run for federal parliament. But, strictly speaking, this is not correct, argues 50/50 by 2030 Foundation Director Virginia Haussegger.
In Gender News: First, a lot of new research in the gender space – and the results are not encouraging. Australian study reveals the dangers of ‘toxic masculinity’ to men and those around them; Sexism, abuse and violence against women widespread in parliaments across Europe; women in Australia’s screen industry are finding it difficult to juggle work with their caring responsibilities; and while research shows that gender-diverse investment teams lead to better returns, women in the industry report being subjected to sexist and unequal treatment. Moving on to the state of public discourse: ‘Horseface’, ‘lowlife’, ‘fat’, ‘ugly’ - President Trump has a history of attacking women by demeaning their looks; Amazon’s now abandoned AI recruitment tool was discriminating against female candidates – but the bias was totally unsurprising; Would you work for $2.50/hour? The ‘punishing disincentives’ confronting mothers returning to the paid workforce; Construction is Australia’s ‘biggest boys’ club’, and government can do more to shake things up.
We do have some good news as well: Astronomer Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith named Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador; and the Australian Financial Review Women of Influence 2018 category winners revealed – a timely reminder of all the people working tirelessly to change the society for the better.
Event: She’s unfettered and alive – Author talk with Dr Anne Summers AO at the National Library in Canberra on 8 November. Book your tickets here.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 October week 2

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On BroadAgenda this week: The kindness and power of women. We talk to the award-winning journalist and author Catherine Fox about the myths and facts of women supporting one another. We also take a look at the cost of global gender inequality and sexism, and share some highlights from our special ‘In Conversation’ with Dr Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender at the World Bank Group and Virginia Haussegger AM, Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation.

In Gender News, a weekend of interesting reads: Why is it so hard to eliminate gender-based inequality in Australia? A thorough evaluation of the state of play by Professor Beth Gaze; Slight changes to how employers respond to sexual harassment, can #MeToo be an ignition for lasting change?; Australia likes to boast that it was the first nation in the world to give women the right to vote and run for federal parliament –  but strictly speaking, this is not correct argues Virginia Haussegger; The top jobs in Australia as tightly controlled, and occupied, by men as they ever were; but behind Australia’s music scene a small group of women in powerful leadership positions; Women don’t win science Nobels; and yet some dare to claim that male scientists are the actual victims of gender discrimination; Bill Shorten declares tackling the gender pay gap would be the hallmark of a future Labor government; and definitive proof of the popularity of women’s sport in Australia, as record numbers tune in to watch women’s cricket.
Must Read: If nothing else – read this! In typical Boris Johnson style this argument explodes with male bravado, but lands a heavy punch in its clear eyed, unequivocal clarion call: “So bring on that tide of holy feminist rage…”.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 October week 1

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On BroadAgenda this week: Violence against women. The statistics show that most domestic and sexual violence in Australia is by men and against women – but it is actually linked to biology? We take a look at  ‘the crisis of masculinity’, and the links between traditional gender norms and rage and violence.  And drawing on the work of the controversial French psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan, Mick Chisnall explores how a Lacanian approach might help prevent such violence in the future.  
In Gender News: And then there were three. Associate Professor Donna Strickland becomes the third woman ever to win a Nobel Prize in Physics in the 117-year history of the prize; A win for women’s groups as states and territories finally agree to axe the ‘tampon tax’; Fury is a political weapon and women need to wield it – What the Kavanaugh case tells us about who gets to be angry in public; and in shocking yet unsurprising news, Donald Trump openly mocks Dr Christine Blasey Ford at a political rally; Senior women in the public service on how to call out inappropriate behaviour in the workplace; And on dismantling oppression: the effect of intersectionality in the workplace. The complexities of super – why ‘choice’ and ‘financial literacy’ won’t be enough to fix the gender gap in superannuation; Gender pay gap widens for the healthcare and social assistance sector; More men than women still being promoted to highest levels of Queensland’s public service; and Julia Gillard urges the Liberal Party to re-examine quotas.
Lastly, while women risk getting ‘mummy tracked’ at work after having children, research confirms the ‘Fatherhood Wage Premium’ aka the ‘Daddy bonus’. Yet another argument in favor of transparency in remuneration?    

Special event: We are delighted to invite you to join us for an cocktail event and insight into global perspectives on gender equality from the World Bank.

The cost of gender inequality and global sexism: The World Bank’s Dr Caren Grown In Conversation with Virginia Haussegger
Date: Tuesday 9th October
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm
Venue: Ann Harding Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra
RSVP: Essential, limited seating. Please click here to register.
Cost: Free

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 September week 4

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On BroadAgenda: How to get men on board with gender equality? A simple enough question, if it didn’t refer to three billion individuals. Rick Zedník, CEO of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum takes a look at how to develop a nuanced approach to involving men. We also take a look at Australia’s global mining footprints in the world, and the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on women in low income countries.   

In Gender News: Gender pay gap features heavily this week. Gender gap in graduate salaries still significant, with engineering the only area of study offering more money to female graduates; Young women leaving STEM because of the pay gap, new study finds; Scott Morrison ‘open-minded’ about increased pay transparency, but concerned about potential conflicts in the workplace; however, keeping the facts hidden will do nothing to improve the gap. New report from the ABS shows that big challengesremain for gender equality in Australia; Young women more likely to be exploited at work than men; and on sexism in the workplace - do any women actually enjoy being called ‘a chick’ or ‘a babe’?;  Women and men have widely different views on the progress towards gender equality – we need to talk about why; Corporate gender equality ‘won’t happen without the quota’; and while quotas are not pretty, they do work; Australian mining’s macho image worsens labour shortage; and finally, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern makes history with baby Neve at UN general assembly.

Special event: We are delighted to invite you to join us for an exclusive cocktail event and insight into global perspectives on gender equality from the World Bank.

Gender Equity Economics and the cost of global sexism: The World Bank’s Dr Caren Grown In Conversation with Virginia Haussegger
Date: Tuesday 9th October
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm
Venue: Ann Harding Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra
RSVP: Essential, limited seating. Please click here to register.
Cost: Free

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 September week 3

shutterstock shutterstock 3333831On BroadAgenda: Public support for gender quotas is increasing, fuelled in part by the recent upheavals in Australian politics. However, despite the mounting evidence of their effectiveness, not everyone is convinced. Associate Professor Tony Krone argues that to address the persistent gender inequalities in political representation, we need to reconfigure our whole electoral system. And on another divisive subject matter, we take a look at the concept of choice, and the financial implications of staying at home to look after children.  

A mixed bag in Gender News this week. First the positives: Citizens’ jury gives a thumbs-up to gender quotas for public sector leadership positions; Labor pledges $400m superannuation boost for women to close the retirement gender gap; Slight progress in gender pay gap as more women with children remain in the workforce; but moving on to the bad news, the gap between what men and women earn, per hour and over a career, still significant. Ending gender inequality by 2030 at risk as new  gender index shows profound data gaps; Progress on gender equality has stalled according to new advocacy group; Women leaders are often ‘hidden in plain sight’ due to how confidence is traditionally defined and measured – but the answer is not to ‘fix women’; and the new Higher School Certificate physics syllabus for NSW will contain no mention of the contributions of female physicists. So much for celebrating women in STEM?  

Ending the week with two long, but equally important reads. Sage words of wisdom from the former prime minister of Iceland: “Give women a chance, and they will change the world”. Iceland has ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index for nine years in a row, so we would do well to listen.

And finally, being a difficult woman in a difficult world: Virginia Trioli’s honest and heart wrenching speech at the Women in Media Conference last week.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 September week 2

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On BroadAgenda this week: The political ‘muppet show’ may be over according to Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but the issue of parliamentary bullying is still simmering. What can the Australian parliament do to improve what is increasingly referred as a “toxic” workplace culture for women? And to what extent is this a gendered issue? We also reflect on some of the alarming findings from our new research report From girls to men: Social attitudes to gender equality in Australia and ask, is it foolish to stay optimistic about the future?

In Gender News: Global eyes on Australia’s political arena this week as the discussion on sexism in Parliament continues; but while ‘slut-shaming’ may be a new term, it is in fact an ancient practice in Australia argues Julia Baird; Coalition MPs admit female representation in their federal party is a problem, but do not believe that quotas are the answer; However, Julia Banks argues that quotas are “only resisted when they relate to gender”; New study suggests the Coalition parties have little incentive to introduce quotas, as conservative voters fail to see gender as an obstacle; Labor says Australian women would get better policy outcomes if women led economic agencies; Carnival Australia’s executive chairman Ann Sherry on unconscious bias and the benefits of ‘blind shortlisting; The Australian Council of Trade Unions lays out a reform package to target bias against women in the workplace; and finance industry lacking in C-suit promotions for women.

Finally, did you miss our report launch last week? Check out this Channel 9 News segment featuring our new research.  

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 September week 1

 shutterstock shutterstock 4704601191A big BroadAgenda week! We launched our landmark national survey into gender equality attitudes. ‘From girls to men: Social attitudes to gender equality in Australia’ provides a comprehensive snapshot into how Australians really feel and think about gender equality - and the results are concerning. Do gender equality strategies in the workplace take men into account? Fairfax columnist Jenna Price discusses some of our report findings here. And another comprehensive summary of the key findings can be viewed here.  Also on BroadAgenda this week, Sustainable Development Goals and the catch-cry ‘Leave no-one behind’. Hannah Gissane and Susan Hutchinson put a gender lens on the Australian Government’s first report on the implementation of the SDGs.

Another packed week in Gender News. The focus on women and politics continues: Julie Bishop criticises the ‘appalling behaviour’ of her parliamentary colleagues; more on the glass ceiling, merit and the Liberal party; Liberal frontbencher Sussan Ley says it’s time for her party to consider gender quotas; Gillard’s impassioned speech: women can’t sit back and wait for a more equal world; but is ‘Leaning in’ a la Sheryl Sandberg the answer? Not according to these researchers. On the heels of the Equal Pay Day last Friday: 100% pay gap in some areas as our best sportswomen play for free; but waves set to become more equal as World Surf League closes its gender pay gap. More women leading Australian companies; but no gender balance in nursing, as more than nine out of 10 of Australia’s nurses are female. And finally, calls for more workplaces to allow men access to flexible hours and paid parental leave to address the unequal sharing of caring duties.

Access the full report ‘From girls to men: Social attitudes to gender equality in Australia’ on the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s Report Hub.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 August week 5

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On BroadAgenda:  A truly disgraceful week in Australian politics. First the leadership spill, which led to Julie Bishop resigning her position as Australia’s Foreign Minister, and her role as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party.  Why did the top job once again go to a man? Is this a yet another manifestation of the glass cliff? Over the years, Bishop has resisted the label ‘feminist’.  Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo from Monash University puts a gender lens on her resignation, and asks, ‘Is it time yet for feminism?’ Labor MP Emma Husar also announced her resignation this week. Dr Lauren Rosewarne takes a look at the insidious practice of ‘slut-shaming’ and the double standards in Australian politics. Finally, a slightly different take on power and gender, as we explore the theatrical challenge of David Ives’ play ‘Venus in Fur’.    

In Gender News: Unsurprisingly, women and politics have dominated the news this week. But is it a ‘woman problem’? Or do the Liberals have a ‘man problem’; And on the double standards in Australian politics, why are men just ‘playing tough politics’, while women are compared to Shakespearean murderers?; Julie Bishop saved her best one-liner for last; ‘Slut-shaming’ used as a method of torture: Emma Husar on why she quit politics; Julia Banks’ parting words calls out sexism in Australian politics; A record number of women running for the Senate, the House and governorships in the US, but harassment and threats now an everyday occurrence; Why women stay out of the spotlight at work;  People who see men and women as fundamentally different are also more likely to accept workplace discrimination; and the NSW government’s ambitious plans for tackling gender inequality.

Finally, it’s Equal Pay Day today, and the gender super pay gap remains the elephant in the room.

A special announcement: The 50/50 by 2030 Foundation has conducted a landmark national survey, ‘From girls to men: Social attitudes to gender equality in Australia’, with the full report to be launched on Wednesday 5 September at the Old Parliament House, Canberra. Stay tuned for more details!  

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 August week 3

Enloe1On BroadAgenda: A must watch video of Professor Cynthia Enloe’s speech ‘Patriarchy is bigger than Donald Trump’. We also take a look at how organisations can overcome ‘gender fatigue’, and move from gender parity to gender equity. Another timely reminder that while numbers are important, they don’t tell the full story, as Julia Brown provides an anthropological perspective on gender and mental health. Finally, what does the term ‘family-friendly’ mean, and how does the higher education sector stack up? A sobering account on the myths vs reality.

It’s been a busy week in Gender News: Some good news first, as Australia’s gender pay gap its lowest levels in 20 years, according to the WGEA; However, a fact check confirms that equality for Australian women has fallen since the beginning of this decade; Diversity policies in legal organisations have failedbecause they’ve not addressed the underlying structural issues; New study on ASX 201-500 companies shows that female representation on boards greatly declines beyond the ASX 200, but newer companies more likely to have a greater gender diversity; How to capture the diversity dividend;  Is cyber security a man’s world? Only 10% of people working in Australian cyber security are female; and schools have an important role to prevent gendered violence, argues Natasha Stott Despoja.

Finally, time to put the tired claim that girls aren’t good at maths or science to rest – and acknowledge that it’s maths and science that haven’t been good enough for girls.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 August week 1

shutterstock shutterstock 11371859061This week on BroadAgenda: For the first time in history, women are verging on parity in diplomatic leadership in Australia. However, the rapid increase in women leaders does not automatically guarantee that the positive trajectory will continue. What do we need to do to ensure that gender equality becomes the norm in international relations? We also conclude our exclusive series ‘Has democracy failed women?’ with a thoughtful essay from Dr Clare Woodford. Does posing the question actually miss the point in the first place? Is it even possible for democracy to fail anyone?

In Gender News, a weekend of interesting reads: This year’s HILDA survey reveals a striking gender and age divide in financial literacy; More women than men now hold a university degree, but gender pay gap and unequal division of unpaid work remain unchanged; 37 Australian women have been killed by violence this year - practical things parents can do at home to help prevent violence against women; Why doesn’t Australia have paid domestic violence leave yet?; Merit is a hot topic in the APS – is it the next frontier for gender equity?;  Only two women in the 22-member federal partyroom, yet Nationals deny a women problem in parliament; Australia’s action on Women, Peace and Security agenda - 2018 progress report; Cricket Australia fires an employee for tweeting about access to abortion in Tasmania; The toxic effects of workplace sexism; and it’s time we started taking women seriously.

Lastly, while the rhetoric of inclusion in Hollywood may be changing, the numbers are not. Across 1,100 popular films in the last decade, little change in representation for women, racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQI community, or people with disabilities, new report finds.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 July week 4

shutterstock shutterstock 2350017851This week on BroadAgenda: Sexism and politics. Italy’s new populist ‘government of change’ wants to revolutionise politics and improve the quality of life of all Italians – but what exactly does this mean for women? The increasing digitisation of our everyday lives is generating both new opportunities and challenges for a gender equal democracy. Hans Asenbaum from the University of Westminster in London argues that now more than ever, democratic theory is in need of feminist expertise.  

A bumper week in Gender News: The UN delivers a scathing review of Australia’s failures to protect and promote the rights of women and girls; Fear is holding back gender diversity in the workplace, employers need to be more supportive of men who want to work flexibly argues Libby Lyons; How the AFP responded to staff pushback against gender equality measures; Corporate leaders’ failure to explain to their employees the financial benefits of having women in leadership positions hurts diversity efforts; Female entrepreneurs breaking ground in the blockchain sector; Women dominate both full and part-time job market growth in Australia; and a positive development as women running office are finally claiming motherhood as a political asset.

Finally, ‘Guys, this isn’t funny’: Strong words from Jane Caro as white male wit reigns supreme on Channel 10’s new comedy show project.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 July week 3

shutterstock shutterstock 10176739691This week on BroadAgenda: Love, war and dirty dishes. China has the worst gender imbalances in the world, with the number of ‘surplus’ men projected to reach 48 million by 2030. What’s love got to do with it? Associate Professor Jane Golley takes a look. And rewriting the rules for the next generation of female leaders, two young visionaries listed on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2018 discuss the political futures in Australia.
Busy week in Gender News: Is 2018 shaping up to be the best ever year for women in power? – A comprehensive look at the numbers around the world; A line has been drawn for gender progress in leadership – but more needs to be done; Women of colour don’t lack agency or capability – they lack opportunity; Tech companies under pressure to commit to diversity and inclusion, but do their efforts actually solve the problem? Women keep volunteering for ‘non-promotable tasks’ because of social expectations, research shows, onus on management to distribute tasks more equitably; Flexible work is boosting productivity and women’s participation in the workforce, saving the government millions annually; An increase in companies paying superannuation during parental leave, but many Australian women still missing out.
Finally, a reminder that gender equal representation is not just about the numbers, as male panellists on Q&A’s ‘People’s panel’ given more opportunities to speak, while women continue to be interrupted more.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 July week 2

shutterstock 493652551 1This week on BroadAgenda: Could The Handmaid’s Tale really happen? We continue our exclusive series ‘Has democracy failed women?’ and take a look at the situation in Poland.  It’s not all bad news, however, as women all over the country continue to fight back. And in the world of science and technology, all eyes on Australia as the global race to build a quantum computer intensifies. 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons talks to Virginia Haussegger about her career, ‘the space race of the computing era’, and encouraging more girls to take up science.  

In Gender News: NAIDOC week celebrations - Indigenous women leading the way in gender equity on boards; social justice commissioner June Oscar calls for a greater role for Indigenous women in decision-making; and Tanya Hosch appointed as the first Indigenous BoardLinks Champion to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women on government boards. NSW’s top female leaders in public sector honoured and recognised for their work; diversity on Australian boards on the riseaccording to the AICD’s latest figures; and the New Zealand government prepared to force private businesses to appoint more women directors. Kate Jenkins calls for submissions to the national inquiryinto sexual harassment; Bill Shorten under pressure to take on Labor Right ‘boys club’mateship campaign featuring only white men under review; women in politics scorecard shows that progress has been patchy at best; and the outrage ignited by Senator Leyonhjelm sexist slur is years overdue.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Plan International Australia survey finds girls and young women reluctant to pursue a career in politics, citing sexism as key reason.  

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 July week 1

shutterstock shutterstock 6129801771This week on BroadAgenda: Australia’s record on women’s rights under the microscope in Geneva, as UN Committee reviews the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)  – and it’s not all good news. We also kickstart our new series ‘Has democracy failed women?’. Assistant Professor Jean-Paul Gagnon sets the scene in Australia, and argues that to improve women’s political representation, there’s a lot that we could learn from the Global South.  

Another bumper week in Gender News: ‘Because of Her, We Can’ – Naidoc acknowledges the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to Australia;  In times of crisis, big Australian companies promote “old white men”, discarding commitment to gender equality and diversity; PM&C investigates why men continue to dominate the top jobs, and accidentally finds that women are in fact outperforming men - what’s preventing the promotion then?; Australian leaders urged to confront resistance to advancing women; New quotas for female barristers; Sarah Hanson-Young speaks up against Senator Leyonhjelm’s appalling sexist slur in parliament; and the long history of sexist abuse in Australian politics.

Finally, do only men embody the spirit of ‘mateship’? The ‘Mateship program’ run by the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC certainly seems to think so!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 June week 5

shutterstock 2791120101This week on BroadAgenda: “Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights!” Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election, but her greatest campaign against misogyny is yet to come, argues Tony Nagy. No one is immune to self-doubt. But sometimes, no matter how successful we get, we still feel like a fraud. ACT Woman of the Year, Ashleigh Streeter shares her honest and personal account of dealing with impostor syndrome.

A bumper week in Gender News: UN set to review Australia’s record on women’s rights – and may find it wanting; Alarming pushbacks against women’s rights globally, UN experts warn; and Women, Peace and Security finally on ASEAN’s radar. Sexism in sports rears its ugly head again, with man’s prize cheque worth twice the value of woman’s (maybe she surfed on a different, easier ocean?); The World Cup has kept us glued to the screens, but we forget that ‘football’ here actually means ‘men’s football’; however, we’re increasingly not willing to put up with sexism in sport anymore. Sexual harassment is an economic issue, says Kelly O’Dwyer; and cultural change needed as Coalition women struggle be heard.  Finally, are women biased against other women at work? ‘Leaning in’ will not fix gender inequalities; we need to recognise the ways that bias and discrimination impact women in the workplace, rather than internalising it.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 June week 3 and 4

Untitled design 91On BroadAgenda: Women do 76% of the unpaid child care in Australia. Yes, that’s three quarters! BroadAgenda asks why we foolishly refer to ‘working mothers’ as distinct from ‘paid to work’ fathers. Dr Pia Rowe argues it’s time to change the discourse. And on the topic of women, work and corporate sexism Virginia Haussegger asks - Is diversity the new devil? Her Excellency Menna Rawlings, British High Commissioner, and Her Excellency Unni Kløvstad, Norwegian Ambassador, recently spoke at the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s ‘Women in Leadership’ symposium. We share some of their key messages here. And catch the rest of the highlights from the event here.  

It’s been a busy past fortnight in Gender News: Minor improvements in the corporate sector as women now account for 27.7% of ASX200 board positions (we can only hope that they got there on merit!); The double standards of ‘merit mania’ and the difference that gender makes; Can automation improve gender equality at work?; More women than men in top Queen’s birthday honours; and Spain shows us how to do it, with women now outnumbering men in the Cabinet. Switzerland joins the quota push as Parliament says yes to women’s quotas as top levels in business; despite new tax cuts, women still face high effective marginal tax rates#TimesUp comes to the freelance revolution; Australian Human Rights Commission to launch a national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace; and finally, should female doctors hide their titles? #ImmodestWomen say no!

And a big thanks to all those who came along and participated in our inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium. We’re already plotting a bigger, bolder affair for next year!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 June week 2

Jessa RogersThis week on BroadAgenda: Love, loss and dirty lucre! Or the lack of it. Yes, time to get angry about the Gender-Pay Gap. Read Virginia Haussegger’s commentary published by the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, about how the UK is publicly ‘naming and shaming’, and you’ll wonder why on earth we don’t have the courage to do the same here.

A mother’s love over decades and across continents filled the ANU auditorium when Sarah Ferguson (ABC 4 Corners) sat down with Virginia (50/50 by 2030 Foundation) to talk about her new book ‘On Mother’. Listen to their deeply personal and heartfelt conversation here. In the spirit of the 2018 Reconciliation Week’s theme ‘Don’t keep history a mystery: Learn. Share. Grow’, we share the story of Dr Jessa Rogers. A Wiradjuri trailblazer, she works tirelessly to empower Indigenous women and children. Finally, our colleagues at NATSEM launched a new report ‘Hidden disadvantage among women in the ACT’. To mark the report's launch, BroadAgenda brought together a formidable group of experts to discuss the underbelly of wealthy cities and how they hide poverty.

A bumper week in Gender News: The CEO of Qatar Airways takes us right back to the 1950’s with his shocking statement: “Of course [the airline] has to be led by a man, because it is a very challenging position.”;  How far have we actually come when it comes to women on boards?; Forbes’ Top 100 highest-paid athletes of 2018 was an ‘all-male affair’; Is Australia too conservative to put more women in power?;  Labor labels the government’s personal income tax cuts unfair to women, while Treasurer Scott Morrison rejects a ‘pink and blue’ tax system.

SPECIAL EVENT: Join us on Thursday 14th June for an exceptional line of speakers at the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s Women in Leadership Symposium.  A special discount for BroadAgenda Subscribers – $195 (full price $395) … subscribe to BroadAgenda here… and book with your special discount for the Symposium here.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 June week 1

shutterstock 118194805 1This week on BroadAgenda: Paid Parental Leave – let’s face it, Australia hasn’t got much to shout about in this regard. Compared to other OECD countries the Australian PPL offering is small and short. Very short compared with Korea and Japan, which both offer 52 weeks of paid paternity leave! But it seems Aussie blokes are disinclined to take the small amount of leave on offer anyway, as the ‘primary’ carer role in Australia remains stuck in a gender stereotype. This week Prof Deborah Widiss takes a comparative look at the two worst performing OECD nations, Australia and the USA. And we dive into that much maligned concept – ‘Intersectionality’. Clearly something we all need to take on board, particularly in regard to policy design. But what exactly does it mean and how does it play out? Check out this excellent short video followed by our Q&A with Prof Peter Hopkins.
SPECIAL EVENT: Join us on Thursday 14th June for the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s Women in Leadership Symposium.
A special discount for BroadAgenda Subscribers – $195 (full price $395) … subscribe to BroadAgenda here… and book with your special discount for the Symposium here.
Produced in partnership with the Public Sector Network (PSN), we have an outstanding line-up of speakers including: Her Excellency Menna Rawlings, British High Commissioner; Her Excellency Ms Unni Kløvstad, Norwegian Ambassador; Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, (Retd) Australian Army; Glenys Beauchamp, Secretary Department of Health; Dr Gordon de Brouwer, Former Secretary Department of Environment; Professor Mark Evans, Director of IGPA; Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards AM; Adjunct Professor Carmel McGregor PSM;  Professor Helen Sullivan, Director of Crawford School ANU; Kirsty Dwyer, University of Canberra; Jo Talbot, Department of Communications; Amy Haddad, DFAT… and more!
Don’t forget to catch up on our shortlist of the week’s best Gender news!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 May week 4

image003.2.A focus this week on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 - Women, Peace and Security. We were delighted to commission a blog from Jennifer Wittwer, who recently returned to Australia from her role at the UN in New York as a global advisor on WPS, peacekeeping and sexual exploitation. And with a very different take on the WPS theme Susan Hutchinson, a long time researcher in this field, tackles the issue of Women and Counter Terrorism, with a look at the recent family suicide bombing in Indonesia. Finally, today it's all eyes on Ireland to see how the vote on repealing that nation’s draconian abortion law plays out. In this controversial commentary, Nandini Archer argues a hard line on media coverage.

A bumper Gender News this week! Topped off with celebration – a whopping 10 Australian women have been named among a global top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy. More on the Liberal party’s problem getting women into parliament – should they just “work harder”? Not everyone thinks so! As for women at the top in the US – the numbers are falling. And if you think politics has a ‘woman problem’, guess what? So too does the fashion industry.

Plenty of good Friday reading!

And a moment to farewell our fabulous and utterly meticulous Gender News co-ordinator, Paula Mellado Campos, who is heading offshore. She doubles as Chief curator of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation Report Hub … which she’s developed into a rich research resource for journalist, media, gender diversity policy bods, advocates, practitioners, and the rest of us. We’ll be lost without her!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 May week 3

shutterstock shutterstock 10231098611All eyes on women’s activism this week. A frank and forthright interview with Ann Sherry AO, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia about the importance of the Global Summit of Women, quotas, and the need for women to be louder. Online activism has amplified women’s voices as millions of women worldwide join in the #MeToo movement, but is it a feminist utopia? And what exactly is the role of personal stories in changing the world?

A busy week in Gender News: Following the pre-selection dumping of one of the Coalition’s solid female performers, Junior Minister Jane Prentice, Emeritus Professor Marian Sawyer asks: Is the Coalition deaf to women’s discontent? Since Federation, 24 Cabinet members out of a total of 385 have been women. Kelly O’Dwyer establishes the Enid Lyons Fighting Fund to boost the number of Liberal women in federal parliament – but will it be enough? Hillary Clinton wraps up her speaking tour of Australia; and Clementine Forde argues that unpaid labour is still framed as ‘women’s work’ and treated as a joke.

And on the topic of women and unpaid labour, a pull-no-punches article from Jane Caro on why she can’t stand Mother’s Day with its  “twee poems, saccharine scenes of soft focus meadows and flower arrangements”. 

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 May week 2

shutterstock 1558180072A busy #Budget2018 week, but what’s in for women? The Treasurer didn’t actually mention ‘women’ in his Budget speech on Tuesday night – not once. Nevertheless, the Office for Women put together a ‘Women’s Budget Snapshot’, you can access online here. And the Opposition launched its Women’s Budget Statement 2018 on Thursday – you’ll find it here.

Here at BroadAgenda we scanned Budget night mainstream media for analysis of the Budget cuts/freeze on aid spending. There was none, so we put out the call to key NGO experts on gender equality and produced our own. Our blog, ‘Disappearing Aid and the impact on Women and Girls’, details Australia’s regressive generosity despite 27 consecutive years of economic growth. Australia’s overseas aid spend is now at a record low of 0.23% of Gross National Income. Also this week, what’s in a name? A lot it seems when we consider the highly gendered nomenclature of federal electorates, in our blog ‘Counting the beans’. Lastly, more on the world’s youngest, pregnant PM, Jacinda Ardern – for whom the ‘stardust’ will never settle – and her two female predecessors.

In Gender News: commentary on the absence of women’s needs and concerns in the 2018 Federal Budget, with a focus on the dangerous lack of domestic violence spending. Minister Kelly O’Dwyer flags women’s economic security as an issue to feature soon with a statement due in September. Also… a ‘hidden curriculum’ discouraging women from pursuing male-dominated professions; to increase the number of women in leadership, we need to shift conversations from gender equality in the workplace to gender equality in primary care; and a study finds that gender bias extends beyond human representations as male brand mascots outnumber female brand mascots two-to-one. Finally, does anonymity help combat gender biases?  A closer look at the lack of diversity in the cryptocurrency industry, and its opportunities and challenges for women.  

And for Canberra friends, here’s a link to the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s upcoming Women’s Leadership Symposium, June 14. A stellar line up of speakers – come and join us for a day of robust discussion!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 May week 1

shutterstock 1045508749What is the cost of gender inequality? Australia could add $225 billion to our GDP by 2025 if greater gender equality measures were in place, according to the new McKinsey report. BroadAgenda gives the lowdown on Australia’s progress and pitfalls so far.  Searching the canon, Dr Ruth Lee Martin dives deep into the music industry to shine a light on female composers.   

In Gender News: No surprises here – but guess who’s responsible for the messy quagmire of banking corruption? Those pushy women with ambition. Of course! Yes, it’s true - more than 72% of the ASX 200 directors are men, but the naughty stuff is the fault of those pesky women on boards. While the backlash rages on we note the ASX Corporate Governance Council proposes a 30% gender target; the latest ATO tax statistics show that men out-earn women in more than 1,000 occupations, with female surfers one of just 80 occupations where women earn more than men.  

Lastly, in a week in which we’re all focused on the wickedness of women enjoy this rather delicious read about the modern feminist playbook. “The first rule of playbook is don’t talk about playbook!”

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 April week 4

shutterstock shutterstock 651225961 1What does it mean to be a ‘real man’? And how has this changed over time? Professor Stephanie Lawson asks whether Donald Trump’s aggressive rhetoric constitutes a new politics of ‘manliness’. This week we also reflect on the importance of storytelling for advancing gender equality, with highlights from the recent Women of the World festival.

In Gender News, a busy week with the Global Summit of Women drawing over 1,000 delegates from around the world to Sydney. First up, the hot topic was how Quotas are key to increasing the rate of women in corporate leadership and improving profitability. The 50/50 by 2030 Foundation was proud to host Irene Natividad, President of the Summit, at the National Press Club earlier in the year, where she wooed the audience with a mix of charm and blunt advice. And as we mark Anzac Day – an important first, as Colonel Susan Neuhaus became the first woman to deliver the Australian War Memorial’s dawn service address.

Lastly, another fun feminist factoid – in American corridors of power it’s easier to find a man named ‘John’ than a woman

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 April week 3

shutterstock shutterstock 87154552We all know the myriad ways women experience disadvantage may vary depending on individual circumstances. But are some forms of inequality perhaps more significant than others? And could gender be less important than other identity factors – such as class? Professor David Marsh’s controversial take on the issue has kickstarted this BroadAgenda conversation. This week we also looked at work patterns in academia and ask are the existing gender biases exacerbated by the caring work women do.
In Gender News, a weekend of interesting reads: Check out Forbes Magazine on the issue of women, the gender gap and ‘thankless tasks’, where BroadAgenda Editor, Dr Pia Rowe, sets the record straight! Bad news for STEM - the gender gap in science will last centuries; misogyny, narcissism, and need for power make men abuse women online; 90% of young women in Sydney feel unsafe at night according to new research from Plan International Australia. Lastly, on a positive note, women overtake men for the first time in board appointments at Australia’s top 200 companies!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 April week 2

liz cropped 2Australia has much to be proud of when it comes to gender equality on the global stage. Recently, Elizabeth Broderick AO was invited in her role as Special Rapporteur of the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women to address delegates at the UN's General Assembly at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. BroadAgenda was delighted to publish her landmark speech, calling for a renewed focus on gender equality and human rights. Women continue to be squeezed out of the top jobs in STEMM, comprising only 20% of senior academic roles. Why does this keep happening? We talk to two female trailblazers from the University of Canberra to get their take on the matter. We also looked at some of the universal lessons drawn from a 22 country comparison on prostitution policy.
In Gender News, a major milestone worth celebrating. Finally, the APS reaches 50/50 in top leadership with this week’s appointment of Elizabeth Cosson as Secretary of the Dept of Veterans Affairs. We now have 9 women Dept Secs and 9 men. Bravo! ASEAN-Australia Special summit has much work to do on women’s role in peace and security, argues Susan Hutchinson; Female journalists call for an end to online abuseUniversity of Sydney’s landmark study into what women want at work;  10 year ‘baby window’ key to gender pay gap (we’ll be taking a closer look at this topic in coming weeks) – and much more!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 April week 1

shutterstock 125389133 1A bumper wrap this week with lots of thought provoking reading and viewing! Prostitution and sex work are sensitive and contentious topics that tend to elicit strong emotional reactions - but what about the facts? How do we develop public policy, if we don't understand the full picture? We were delighted to have the opportunity to chat to Professor Hendrik Wagenaar during his brief visit to the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra, and shine a light on a topic that often doesn't get the attention it deserves. In the wide ranging interview, BroadAgenda Editor, Dr Pia Rowe, canvased issues such as whether sex workers can indeed be active agents in the policy development context, and the insidious role of fake news in driving emotionally charged agendas - with more to come next week. 

Based on his extensive research on prostitution policy, Prof Wagenaar argues that the often utilised methods of criminalisation and prohibition are not only misguided, but also ineffective. We also take a look at the future of the #MeToo movement, with Joanna Richards arguing that we must be careful about how we frame women in these debates so as not to perpetuate gendered myths and stereotypes. 

In our wrap of this week's Gender News, gender equality progress stalls, and it will take 200 years before women have equal opportunities says Julia Gillard; stay-at-home dads still viewed as 'unmanly'; a thorough look at what pay inequality looks like for women in tech; and ending on a positive note, the BBC and Bloomberg plan to increase the number of expert female sources quoted. 

Finally, the BroadAgenda team would like to congratulate Julia Gillard on the launch of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at the Kings College London - a much needed and timely initiative!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 March week 4

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Is Western civilisation on the decline? Are our political debates being ‘dumbed down’ in the media? Drawing on the works of second wave feminists, Tony Nagy argues that we need to pay more attention to the way in which power shapes our national discourse, and calls for better media scrutiny of those in decision-making roles. We take a look at the emerging feminist collective action in the Pacific region, which has one of the lowest rates of women's political participation in the world, and the highest levels of violence against women. Finally, we celebrate the Australian female artists' contributions to WW1 war art. While no women were chosen to be among Australia’s official war artists, that didn’t stop them from following their passion. Eminent art historian, Dr Anna Gray, ensures that their legacy will not be forgotten.

In Gender News, a focus on the technology sector as the pay gap in Australia’s high tech companies is found to be one of the worst in the world; Twitter’s toxic culture is failing women says Amnesty International; a toolkit for improving corporate culture and gender equality in the workplace; call for action against all-male panels; and ending on a positive note, Tasmania leading the way on female representation in Parliament.

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 March week 3

512px GGNZ Swearing of new Cabinet Jacinda Ardern 2 2What affect, if any, do women news bureau chiefs have on political reportage? Does it turn political scrutiny ‘soft’? We know the answer to that. But do others agree?! Check out Dr Pia Rowe’s commentary on the Unbearable ‘softness’ of female leadership … in response to a grumpy NZ scribe who complained that having women head all the Kiwi mainstream media political bureaux has turned hard media into some kind of feminine mush. Also this week, time to turn the tables on ‘manels’ – those all male panels. ANU’s Assoc Prof Fiona Jenkins shares her impassioned IWD speech on this issue.

In Gender News, Australia’s “boys-club political culture” makes headlines in the New York TimesPeta Credlin calls on the Liberal Party to give women a fair go; Foreign Minister Julie Bishop give a cracker speech at the UN; the OECD releases its Toolkit for Mainstreaming and Implementing Gender Equality; a shout out for BroadAgenda’s first anniversary … and plenty more!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 March week 2

shutterstock 561174037I am woman, hear me roar! And roar we did, through the action packed week of celebrations to mark the IWD on 8 March. This week the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and University of Canberra brought together a powerhouse cast for a special In Conversation, with Dame Quentin Bryce, Elizabeth Broderick AO, and our very own Virginia Haussegger AM taking the stage to discuss the unfinished project of gender equality. From progress and backlash in the workplace to the difficult topics of sexual violence and #MeToo, the passion of these three women to make a difference in the face of all the challenges gave us much needed reason for hope. 

Dame Quentin’s timely reminder to raise our voices louder to protect the rights of women and children, both in Australia and worldwide, has also been a central feature here at BroadAgenda this week. In the spirit of #PressForProgress, we collaborated with Dr Nicole Curato from the Centre of Deliberative Democracy at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis and produced an exclusive two part series, ‘Pressing for Freedom’: Letters from the Field’ (part 1 and part 2). The series focused on the attack on press freedom in Southeast Asia, and included heartfelt letters from female journalists who are fighting back and refusing to be silenced.  Despite the extraordinary challenges these brave individuals face every single day, their overall message was the same: Quitting is not an option.     

BroadAgenda Chief Editor, Virginia Haussegger took a stocktake of the current climate, and warned us about the ‘devil hot on the heels of the zeitgeist’ and the brewing whiff of a backlash as women keep moving up the ladder in the workplace. The rally call #PressforProgress, she argued, is a call out to men. Finally, we looked at the impact of self-declared male feminist political leaders on women’s policy, with Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer and PhD candidate Blair Williams analysing the gender and sexuality issues during the 2016 Federal Election campaign. Despite their eagerness to position themselves as gender equality advocates, the results left a lot to be desired.

It’s also been a jam packed week with Gender News. Inequality and sexual harassment at shocking levels in Australia according to a new report from Sydney University. A thorough look at the facts and figures of where we’re at, and measures proven to help close the gender pay gap. We must tackle our unconscious biases if we want to win the battle, and of course, be mindful of the gender stereotyping that starts from the very beginning in children’s bedtime stories.  

Happy International Women’s Day, and happy reading!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 March week 1

shutterstock 386557372It’s been a noisy week in the gender space with some real doozies! There was a bit of ‘mis-spoke’; a little ‘over-reach’; some ‘ouch’ moments … and some good old fashioned patronizing buffoonery! But if you missed any of it – worry not. We’ve got it covered in our weekly summary of best reads in our Gender News. And its wasn’t just 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley who ought be deeply embarrassed. (Apart from asking precisely when NZ PM Jacinda Ardern conceived the child she will give birth to in June, Wooley seemed deeply baffled by the idea that a PM could be female, “so young”, “so smart and “so attractive”).

This week on BroadAgenda we concluded our Meet the Male Feminist series with a particularly thoughtful Q&A from Northern Territory MP, Warren Snowden. We were also delighted to publish blogs from two outstanding international feminists. US scholar and writer Susan Bordo generously gave BroadAgendaexclusive Australian access to the new, updated Afterword she recently penned for her book, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton. And we published the final in our 3 part video interview series with Prof Anne Phillips, in which we discussed why the poor representation of women in politics is a problem for democracy. You can watch the short series (6 mins each) here – with Phillips on Gender and PopulismCultural practicesDelusions of Democracy: or catch the full intv here (25 mins).

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 February week 4

shutterstock 279246548There was a bit of fan girl swooning around BroadAgenda this week when world renowned feminist scholar, Professor Anne Phillips, dropped in for a video interview. On a short sabbatical from the London School of Economics, Prof Phillips was visiting the University of Canberra to meet with students and academics from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy, at IGPA (Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis). We were delighted to record a wide ranging interview with her in which BroadAgenda Chief Editor, Virginia Haussegger, canvased issues such as sexism and Trump – in the age of Populism; the tensions between women, culture and multiculturalism; and why the poor political representation of women is a failing of democracy. This week’s blogs include 2 instalments of the Phillips interview, with more to come next week, including the full recording. We also took another detailed look at SDG5, this time from the perspective of Plan International, who is calling on the Australian government to develop an Adolescent Girls Strategy.

In our wrap of the week’s best Gender News, bad news from the OECD’s ‘Glass Ceiling’ Index. The gap in workplace gender equality remains wide, with Australia – slap, bang in the middle. And lastly, we had to include a piece by Jacqueline Maley (SMH) who summed up our collective exasperation with bonking bans and Barnaby when she said, “Women pay the consequences for men’s failures and weaknesses far more often than the reverse is true.”

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 February week 3

old mexican woman resized copyThis week we focus on war, art and … sex. Not surprisingly our Gender News wrap kicks off with Barnaby, ‘bonking’ and bans. A sex ban on staff: Is this 21st Century public policy, or prudish panic? We’ll have more on the ‘sex ban’ in coming weeks. Meantime, our blog ‘An artful truth about gender bias’ highlights new research that examined over 1.5 million art auction transactions. Sadly, the findings are bad news for female artists. And when it comes to war not all battles take place in the fields, as demonstrated in an excellent blog that turns our attention to central and south America – the region with the highest rate of violent crimes against women.

A couple of new reports to hit our desk this week: ‘Being the First: lessons from women leaders’ (Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development). And ‘Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ (UN Women).. check the summary here.

For a quick digest of the week’s Gender News, we’ve got it covered. And for those who wonder why there are fewer women quoted in mainstream media than men – read the New York Times piece on why this is so!

Lastly, watch out next week for our video interview with one of the world’s leading feminist scholars, Anne Phillips, from LSE who dropped into BroadAgenda this week!

Happy Reading!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 February week 2

2018 02 07BroadAgenda HilaryWardhaugh055 copyShe came, she spoke, and they listened! Not only did a packed audience at the National Press Club listen hard to Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women, but she wooed them - with a sassy mix of charm and blunt advice: So you don’t like quotas for women, well “get over it!” This fast talking, fact wielding global warrior for women’s rights and gender equality gave an energising speech and thanked the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation for inviting her to the NPC and hosting the event. The address was broadcast live on ABC TV and can be viewed here, or catch Today’s BroadAgenda for our blog summary, ‘The Global call to raise women’s voice’.

This week we zoom in again on STEM, with a look at what the University of Canberra is doing as part of the SAGE pilot. Our outgoing Editor, Zoya Patel, speaks to UC’s Shubhra Roy about how and why theuniversity is tackling gender diversity in STEM research. And we take a look at public transport and the gendered nature of policy implications.

For quick but solid bites of good reading – check out our Gender News for this week… and a particularly good panel discussion with Margaret Atwood and others on gender equality in 100 years. (And yes we note, the WEF still says it will take 217 years!)

Happy Reading!

Weekly wrap-up: 2018 February week 1

Libby Lyons WGEABroadAgenda is back for 2018 and it’s already been a bumper couple of weeks! Our opening blog ‘An Unconscionable truth: how Rohingya women are being used as weapons of war’ packs a powerful punch, and makes a persuasive case for gendered research to underpin humanitarian assistance policy. Our ‘Meet the Male Feminist’ series has taken a few twists. Check out Prof Jon Crowe and Peter FitzSimons. We’ve been scanning the globe’s top 20 Gender Equality performers to check out public policy innovations: first up this year is Canada’s foreign aid policy – a tough critique. And inspired by Iceland’s 2018 move to outlaw the gender pay gap – today we ask WGEA’s Libby Lyons why can’t Australia do the same!
Don’t forget … for a quick whip around of what’s been in mainstream media over the past week… check out our Gender News – for the good, bad and the downright ugly (see why Syd Sevens star player says its“pretty shit”)
Happy Reading!

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 December week 3

Screen Shot 2018 01 31 at 2.56.38 pmSo it's a wrap! A bumper blog to close off what's been a big first year for us. Not only did BroadAgenda spring to life on IWD 2017, its mothership, the 50/50 Foundation was also officially launched in September. Take a minute to watch some of the highlights of our launch, which include an exceptionally passionate speech by Natasha Stott Despoja, and a rousing one from our Patron Dame Quentin Bryce.

This week BroadAgenda sat down with Elizabeth Proust to talk about the AICD's 'illusive' 2018 target for women on board. We also spoke with Andrew Leigh MP as part of our ongoing Meet the Male Feminist series. And we unpack the effect of awards wages on the gender pay gap.

As you slide into summer catch up on current views in our Gender News... a fabulous go-to resource. Check out our favourite Gender Equality 2017 Year in Review... Meet our new Minister for Women ... and more good steer from The Conversation. To get real cerebral check in with the 50/50 Foundation Resource Hub ... a treasure trove of info all in one place! On behalf of the BroadAgenda team - thank you for your support, generosity of spirit and encouragement. We hope to see you again late January 2018! (Good Goddess willing!!)

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 December week 2

Screen Shot 2018 01 31 at 2.53.37 pmAs the year winds down (at last!) we’re scouring the globe for examples of what gender equality strategies actually work. While squeezed into the BroadAgenda office we got debating the hot issue of women and quotas, only to learn that our very own team member, Jane Alver, contributed to the early research that examined Norway’s controversial decision in 2004 to impose a 40% gender quota for women on boards. She’s shared her reflections on BroadAgenda today. One of the big sleepers in the gender equality discussion in Australia is the issue of ‘intersectionality’. With this in mind, we’ve posted a dense but excellent piece on intersectionality in the European context. And we continue our fascinating series on Meet the Male Feminist as Fairfax commentator and political analyst Mark Kenny takes our Q&A test!
Last week we introduced you to the rich treasure trove of reports and research we’re collating at the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s Report Hub. It’s an excellent, up to date resource for media, researchers and anyone interested in gender equality.
This week – another new offering! Welcome to ‘Gender News’. Every day our small team share interesting snippets, stories and articles we happen across. Now, each Friday we’ll post a short, curated selection on BroadAgenda and send you the link in this email. (And please feel free to email or tweet us any interesting bits and pieces you think we should include. Email: broadagenda@canberra.edu.au). Happy reading. The BroadAgenda team.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 December week 1

BAAs the year winds down (at last!) we’re scouring the globe for examples of what gender equality strategies actually work. While squeezed into the BroadAgenda office we got debating the hot issue of women and quotas, only to learn that our very own team member, Jane Alver, contributed to the early research that examined Norway’s controversial decision in 2004 to impose a 40% gender quota for women on boards. She’s shared her reflections on BroadAgenda today. One of the big sleepers in the gender equality discussion in Australia is the issue of ‘intersectionality’. With this in mind, we’ve posted a dense but excellent piece on intersectionality in the European context. And we continue our fascinating series on Meet the Male Feminist as Fairfax commentator and political analyst Mark Kenny takes our Q&A test!

This week – another new offering! Welcome to ‘Gender News’.  Every day our small team share interesting snippets, stories and articles we happen across. Now, each Friday we’ll post a short, curated selection on BroadAgenda and send you the link in this email. (And please feel free to email or tweet us any interesting bits and pieces you think we should include. Email:broadagenda@canberra.edu.au)

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 November Week 5

Male MP wrapIs there such a thing as a 'male feminist'? We're on the hunt to find out and this week in the first of our 'Meet the Male Feminist' series, Finnish MP Ville Niinisto makes a compelling case around male authority and 'expertise'. As for men who are expert at knowing what's best when it comes to women's sexual and reproductive rights... we zoom in on Senator Cory Bernardi. His multiple parliamentary motions to further restrict abortion were recently defeated in the Senate, but this fight is clearly not over. We turned to Prof Margaret Thornton to explain the legal maze of abortion law in Australia. And for more in our series on Women Peace and Security, we look at the role of Pacific women and how they can best raise their voices.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 November Week 4

genderImproving gender equality is at the forefront of transforming the ways in which we approach all contemporary issues in our society. This week, we continue our ongoing discussion on Sustainable Development Goal 5, as Dr Sonya Duus from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, and BroadAgenda Editor Dr Pia Rowe unpack the challenges and opportunities it presents to Australia.  In a guest post from the Australian Women, Peace and Security Coalition, Pip Henty and Beth Eggleston demonstrate that gender equality is also the key to transforming humanitarian approaches. From closing the gender gap in leadership roles within humanitarian organisations to engaging those affected in meaningful ways, we need to move beyond the common discourse of the protection of women, and recognise the capacities of girls and women to act as leaders in humanitarian response. Finally, we take a look at how we can make things better for women in politics, as Centenary Professor Gerry Stoker outlines how we can transform Parliaments to be more inclusive of diversity.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 November Week 3

doing democracy differentlyRich readings in a busy week in which BroadAgenda’s Chief Editor, Virginia Haussegger, facilitated the IPAA (Institute of Public Administration Australia) Annual Conference, with its focus on ‘Trust’ and governance. The following day we took to MOAD (Museum of Australian Democracy) for a day’s roundtable discussions about the state of democracy in Australia, and finished the talkfest with a terrific panel discussion ‘Doing Democracy Differently – What works’. So with this backdrop we thought it a perfect time to commission one of IGPA’s deliberative democracy gurus - Dr Simon Niemeyer -  to consider if there is a gendered difference in the way women engage in political reasoning. Read his fascinating thoughts here. And as we remain transfixed by the recently released WEF Global Gender Gap Index  2017, we’ve turned to Norway, and asked Norwegian Ambassador to Australia, Unni Kovstad, to help us understand why Norway ranks so high… and how is the first nation in the world to introduce Gender Quotas fairing? With a female PM, Foreign Minister and Finance Minister, we think they’re doing pretty jolly well in the gender stakes.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 November Week 2

GirlsTakeover wrapWe’re still reeling from the bad news in this year’s Global Gender Gap Index Report, which indicate that the gender gap is widening for the first time since 2006. Australia has picked up in overall ranking to 35 out of 144 nations. But our worst performing area is in health. Dr Stephen Robson looks at Australia’s slide to 104/144 nations for women’s Health and Survival. Sexual assault and harassment remains a headline issue, with Tony Nagy asking why the media shies away from calling out misogyny. Happily, far from shy, the young women from the #GirlsTakeOver campaign report back on the day in which they stepped into the shoes of 27 MPs.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 November Week 1

Elizabeth Lee wrapDo political parties need gender quotas? Or is gender parity best achieved through other strategies? While the Liberal party remains divided, the Liberal rising star Elizabeth Lee MLA provides her frank and honest views on the matter. Also on the topic of quotas, Sofie Marien provides an overview of her research in the Belgian context. As Sofie explains, those deep-seated gender-biases are hard to erase! And responding to an article recently published in The Conversation, BroadAgenda co-editor Dr Pia Rowe takes issue with the claim that #MeToo represents ‘impoverished feminism’, and argues the case for modern digital activism.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 October Week 4

boys will be boys wrapCan better public policy change cultures that condone everyday sexism? Or can the art of theatre help us see more clearly how endemic gender inequality has become embedded in our work lives? To help answer those questions, one of our 50/50 Foundation scholars, Joanna Richards, blogged this week on the play Boys Will Be Boys, in which she also plays a lead role! Another of our Foundation team, Jane Alver, has blogged about an excellent leadership program that is empowering young women. And lastly, we were delighted to have Australia's foremost media academic and award winning journalist Margaret Simons share early results from her current research into media reporting of Violence Against Women VAW.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 October Week 3

MeToo wrap

As women are posting #MeToo on social media - in staggering numbers - to call out perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment in response to news reports of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's systematic abuse of women, one woman explains why she has decided to share her story. We look at research findings presented to Harvard University's Women & Public Policy Program which suggest that many people, including women themselves, often think that women should not be leaders. And with the rise of populist movements across the globe, we ask: what does populism offer women? And is there potential for women to drive democratic innovation?

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 October Week 2

UN Women wrap"Gender equality is both a fundamental right and a solution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals". This was the key message from our wrap up of a special in-conversation with three UN Women representatives this week. We look at how women can positively impact the way we 'do' politics, when in 2006 four women senators from rival political parties worked together to overturn a ministerial veto on a medical abortion drug. And one of the contributors to the OECD's latest report on progress towards gender equality highlights that while more action is required from governments to close gender gaps, some progress has been made in three policy areas.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 October Week 1

Dr mr pm image wrapYoung women can change the world! That's the message from one of the organisers of next week's #GirlsTakeover parliament program in her letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Prior to a special in-conversation event next week with three UN Women leaders, the Executive Director of UN Women Australia unpacks how gender equality is central to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. And at an anxious time of year for many researchers awaiting the announcement of a major round of funding, we look at whether changes to government policy have leveled the playing field for women researchers.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 September Week 4

Malala wrapWith the International Day for Non Violence falling on Monday 2nd October, we look at who are the winners and losers in the global struggle to fund organisations fighting to end violence against women. We break down the disappointing findings from the OECD's recent report on progress by its member nations to implement its Gender Recommendations, and we hear from an experimental group in the UK who are attempting to subvert the disciplinary norms of the male-dominated academic field of philosophy by providing their undergraduate women with a female-only space to study the work of women philosophers.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 September Week 3

girls takeover wrapWith New Zealanders set to head to the polls tomorrow to elect a new Government, we take a look beyond the hype of 'Jacindamania' and ask whether Jacinda Ardern meets the traditional criteria by which candidates are judged. We give you a preview of the passion and energy with which the Girls Takeover Parliament Program will occupy the spaces and roles of some well-known parliamentarians on the International Day of the Girl Child next month. And in the wake of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting, will promises of dialogue between these leaders and Pacific feminist civil society equate to concrete change?

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 September Week 2

NSD at AC wrapTo coincide with the launch of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, we have five posts this week to whet your appetite for all that we have in store over the coming months – and years. We published recaps of two highlights of the evening - the inspirational speeches delivered by our Foundation Patron Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Advisory Council member Natasha Stott Despoja AM. Foundation Director and BroadAgenda Chief Editor Virginia Haussegger AM takes a look at just how well Australia is tracking as we race towards that 2030 target. Two short videos crunch the numbers on Australia’s progress towards gender equality (or lack thereof) in the international context, and provide an overview of how those numbers are broken down by sector.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 September Week 1

macron wrapupThis week on BroadAgenda we’re all about the numbers - specifically 50/50! In the lead up to the official launch of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation next Tuesday, Virginia Haussegger examines how Australia’s progress (or lack thereof) towards gender equality is tracking in the global context. We look to France, and ask whether President Emmanuel Macron’s 50/50 cabinet reflects gender parity across the political spectrum. And to coincide with Equal Pay Day on September 4, BroadAgenda spoke to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to find out why the gender pay gap (which currently stands at 15.3%) is taking so long to close.

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 August Week 4

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With the ASEAN Women’s Business conference taking place in the Philippines this week, our focus was on our close relationship with Asia, and the part played by women as the drivers of change in the region. We looked at the findings from a report into the Asia capabilities of the men and women leading some of Australia's top companies, and heard from a Victorian MP who is taking part in a program to mentor new female MPs from Myanmar. Our Chief Editor Virginia Haussegger AM took part in two events during the second annual Canberra Writers Festival. Our wrap-up of the panels on Women in the Media and Women at Work shares some of the highlights of the day.

 Weekly wrap-up: 2017 August Week 3

nik salida wrapup

This week, BroadAgenda was pleased to publish an exclusive Q&A with Malaysia’s Human Rights Commissioner Dr Nik Salida, who spoke to us during her recent visit to Australia. Dr Salida was refreshingly candid about the challenge ahead for Malaysia as it works towards implementing gender parity laws. We also look at Australia’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda ahead of a series of roundtable events next month. Does the national action plan require a gendered approach towards counter terrorism? And in uncertain times, should ideas as to who is considered an 'expert' in the field be redefined to accommodate different kinds of political actors?

Weekly wrap-up: 2017 August Week 2

knitting nannas wrapup

We started this week by looking at the recent elections in Papua New Guinea, and asked what next for women’s political participation in PNG? We spoke to the team behind a study - with some surprising results - on the use of ‘blind’ reviewing in recruitment processes as a method to overcome unconscious bias and promote diversity in leadership positions. And to coincide with the launch of Democracy100 at Old Parliament House last night, we thought it timely to ask: how does democracy function in practice? Three researchers from the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis offer different perspectives on the concept. Would a feminine ‘ethics-of-care’ approach push society to think differently about democracy? Are our current democratic systems preventing female political leaders from attaining the same levels of authority as their male counterparts? Finally, democracy isn’t solely about leadership or ideology, as the Knitting Nannas Against Gas demonstrate: democracy is, and should be, something in which we can all participate.

Weekly wrap-up: August Week 1

Erica in market square wrapup

Ahead of the launch of National Science Week today, the co-Founders of ANUFifty50 called for gender equality in STEM fields by 2025. We continued our series on women in local government with a response by a new councillor to the recent report criticising the outdated culture in UK councils. And in two posts we highlight the pervasiveness of violence against women in all aspects of society by focusing on the experiences of two very different groups of women: from women in the Pacific Islands who receive little support from the organisations set up to assist them, to the alarming increase in violence and abuse of female politicians in the UK.

Weekly wrap-up: July Week 4

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BroadAgenda continued our series on women’s representation in Local Government with a post on the women in Victoria who are leading the way for the rest of Australia. We then shifted focus to the progress and pitfalls for women in leadership, with a conversation between our chief editor Virginia Haussegger and Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. To round out the week, our coverage of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s landmark report into Sexual Assault and Harassment at Australian universities highlighted the secret taboo that must be addressed on a national scale in order to change the course - for good.

Weekly wrap-up: July Week 3

UK Local Gov wrapup

The posts on BroadAgenda this week are linked by the common theme of women in public service: from the Army, to the public sector, to local government. Our Q&A with the author of the Australian Army’s recently-released report ‘Teaming’ unpacks how gender dynamics play out in the modern Army. A short video interview between UC’s IGPA Director Mark Evans and Jane Halton, the former Secretary of the Department of Finance on strategies to encourage women to apply for, and succeed in, leadership positions has a clear message: Just do it! And two posts address the representation of women in local governments in Australia and the UK. One post outlines efforts by governments in Victoria to increase the number of female councillors, while the other provides an overview of a recent damning UK report into an outdated culture holding women back.

Weekly wrap-up: July Week 2

Gender and climate change wrapup

This week on BroadAgenda we explored two diverse aspects of the gender equality debate, from the Paris Agreement on climate change to the position of Australian women in academia. Firstly, the United Nations Development Programme’s Verania Chao outlined the ways that gender equality and climate change are interlinked, especially for women in poorer nations. This is particularly urgent given that national submissions to the Paris Agreement barely acknowledge women’s participation – both as unequal players in the policy-making process, and as those hit hardest by climate disasters. At the other end of the spectrum, Briony Lipton looks at gender equity policies in Australian higher education, and asks whether female academics have been encouraged to invest in the fantasy of the academic ‘good life’.

Weekly wrap-up: June Week 4

AIM wrapupThis week on BroadAgenda we looked at three areas where the gender gap is felt most keenly: at the ballot box, in the hip pocket, and in the division of domestic labour. What  role does gender play when it comes to voter perceptions of candidates? Would She a more dynamic experimental approach help to understand what role, if any, gender plays in voter perceptions of leadership? Next, there's a recap of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM)’s Great Debate for 2017. The topic of this year’s debate was ‘Equal pay will close the gender gap’, a topic which generated a lively discussion among the impressive line-up of speakers AIM had assembled. Finally, we look at the potential of collaborative consumption to innovate how women can divide and conquer the demands of running the home, using the example of group, big batch cooking sessions such as MamaBake.

Weekly wrap-up: June Week 3

shutterstock 392403082This past week has been one of our busiest yet at BroadAgenda, with two themes dominating. The first focused on ‘glass walls’ and the gender pay gap; and the second on the gendered nature of news consumption. Following a Senate committee report on ‘Gender Segregation in the workplace and its impact on women’s economic equality’, Dr Kathy MacDermott and Prof Alison Sheridan pulled no punches in their responses. Meanwhile, last Thursday saw the much anticipated release of the Digital News Report: Australia 2017, including its inaugural chapter on ‘Gender and News’. The BroadAgenda team examined how the consumption of news differs between men and women, with some fascinating (and somewhat disturbing!) details about where men prefer to read news. Complementing this is an essay by BroadAgenda’s Chief Editor, Virginia Haussegger, ‘News – what’s gender got to do with it?’; along with a commentary on ‘Women, News and barren fruit bowls’. The series is rounded out with a research overview, ‘Gender and News: Myth and Reality’.

Weekly wrap-up: June Week 2

RosieSo, is our gender pay gap a 'festering sore for the Australian economy’ as Professor Alison Sheridan suggests? This week BroadAgenda rattled not just glass ceilings but those illusive ‘glass walls’ as we unpacked the issues around gendered work sectors and the pay gap, following the recent release of the Senate report on gender segregation in the workplace. While Professor Sheridan urges continued pressure on policy makers and employers to deliver progress on pay equity, Dr Kathy MacDermott argues that gender segregation is in fact getting worse, and women's work will continue to be undervalued unless current legislation is amended. Meanwhile, Diversity Council Australia's recent report 'Men make a difference: Engaging men on gender equality' provides practical information on how to best to engage men in progressing gender equality, as our exclusive interview with the report’s lead author suggests. Finally, our Chief editor Virginia Haussegger trawls through the Queen’s Birthday Australian Honours List and sighs with that familiar lament… ‘where are the women?’

NewsBrief: Week 2 May 2017


Here’s what’s been blogging on BroadAgenda this past week...

This week our focus has been on gender equality and work. Relocating for a job opportunity is never easy, but in two-career families, the decision to move presents a whole new set of issues. Whose career comes first?  Jacklyn Wong's research looks at how gender shapes couples' decision-making. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her research shows that even in otherwise egalitarian couples, the responsibility for achieving work-family balance still often falls on women.

Continuing on the theme of work, Professor Laurie Brown crunches the superannuation figures. That women have lower superannuation balances has been long known, but what has received less attention is how factors such as age and divorce impact the finances in retirement. The numbers, it turns out, are particularly stacked against divorced, mature aged women. Finally, in the context of Kate Ellis' resignation, Emeritus Professor John Warhurst looks at how we could  improve our chances of achieving 50:50 representation by setting up more flexible working conditions for MPs. To actually embrace diversity in politics, we need to stop asking why did she leave, and instead focus on what we can do in the future to make people like her stay. 

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NewsBrief: Week 1 May 2017


Here’s what’s been blogging on BroadAgenda this past week...
Aboriginal women in Australia fare worse than non-indigenous women on just about every health measure. Yet, there is a new determination within the medical community to change the course of Indigenous health. Professor Stephen Robson, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,  is determined to tackle the issue head on. Pregnancy, he notes, is the perfect time to build trusting relationships with women and their families, with healthy and health-literate women being the single most important influence on the health of their communities.

Casting her eyes on the other side of the world, Dr Sonia Halpieri takes a look at how gender equality has been addressed in Finland. Dr Halpieri argues that Australia needs to embrace women’s legitimate right to political power at the popular and political levels, and shows that there’s quite a lot we could learn from the Finns. Finally, Dr Suzy Marsh’s inspiring research from New Zealand shows that money and loans aren’t always synonymous with economics and the bottom line. While no panacea to all the world’s ills, microcredit can provide both economic and emotional empowerment to women in times of need. But to be effective it needs to be kept small scale, local, uncomplicated, and above all, interest free.

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NewsBrief: Week 4 April 2017


Here’s what’s been blogging on BroadAgenda this past week...
The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre marked its 40th Anniversary last year. Over the years, the CRCC has seen an extraordinary increase in demand for its services, with a much higher rate of young women seeking help and support. Yet, many suffer in silence, though the exact numbers aren’t known.  Chrystina Stanford, the CEO of the centre, initiates an open and frank discussion about sexual assault, and unpacks some of the mystery around how to best respond to victims in need of support.

This week we also go beyond the data and numbers, as our blogger ‘Jill’ discusses her sexual assault trauma that took place 15 years ago, when she was just a teenager. Jill’s brave blog highlights the uncomfortable silence surrounding the topic, as she notes that this is the first time she’s ever talked about it publically. Her emotional account also underscores the point made by Chrystina Stanford – sexual assault is common, but it is not normal. Finally, we bid a sad farewell to our much loved co-editor Lucy Parry, as she heads over to Europe to begin the next stage of her career. As her parting gift to us, Lucy reflects on her time here at BroadAgenda, focusing on the difficulties she encountered while sourcing appropriate stock images for the blog. Turns out, if you’re not under the age of 25, white, and find eating lettuce leaves hysterically funny, representative images are sometimes very hard to come by.

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NewsBrief: Week 3 April 2017


Another busy BroadAgenda week with a whip around the world. In India we examine the role rural women are playing as critical change agents in local forest management, and how that may now be under threat. Back home, Law professor Margaret Thornton explains why giving birth is not like "buying a bag of chips", as one male judge suggested. Not surprisingly she's calling for greater transparency in judicial appointments. We look at how gendered marketing by toymakers helps shape kids gendered preferences. And we explore a timely analysis that shows the direct link between a nation's women's rights and its democratic strength.

In the news ...

The Peta for Peter's seat saga, left Kelly high and dry, in a week that's focused on women in high places under siege. A swanky, stylish Gladys Berejiklian turned cover girl for Good Weekend; after Gail Kelly shared some sage advice about straightening our shoulders. The Stella Prize for writers highlighted sexism in the sector; and we learnt that Australia's female judges have cracked the gender pay gap! (ok ... by less than half a percent, but still worth popping corks!) Globally, China's lack of women has men marrying robotic ones (what about the rust?) And in the UK the heat over heels and ban on flat shoes at work has law firm employees sharpening their stilettos. Happy Reading!

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NewsBrief: Week 2 April 2017


This week we spotlight the gender gap in workforce participation, and ask how Australia will meet its G20 promise to cut the gap 25% by 2025. Dr Susan Harris Rimmer has 3 snappy ways to help make it happen. Should we follow the EU lead and have designated Female Entrepreneur Ambassadors? We talk medicine and name calling: the "de-professionalizing" of women Doctors. And we deconstruct the structural barriers to women working in medical specialisation in the UK.

In the news….

The Women and National Security conference got the mandarins nattering. Known for her careful and measured comments, Foreign Affairs boss Frances Adamson gave her own department and all its past chiefs a gender slap down. Meanwhile, the Defence Chief talked up the virtues of diversity, but with no defence force ever headed by a female, and none likely in the near future, it got the audience ... checking out their shoes. Globally, the gender pay gap is all the buzz, with the UK launching live reporting; and Google in trouble for "systematically" underpaying women. In the US Hilary Clinton slapped down Russia; while Ivanka Trump's 'behind the scenes' advocacy for women was scoffed by Scarlet as silly silence. Happy reading!

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NewsBrief: Week 1 April 2017


US President, Donald Trump dished up plenty of material for satirists when he spoke at a Women's Empowerment event. While at the other end of the spectrum Hong Kong's new chief is calling on women to step forward; and Iceland is cracking down on 'proof' of pay parity. Meanwhile back in Australia, more proof that gender diversity strengthens business performance; Victoria kicks a gender goal with women on public boards; yet the ASX200 takes a gender tumble thanks to one exit - and now we are 9! And back in the US, bad news about Millenials and gender equality on the home front.

And on BroadAgenda …

Post CSW we take a look at SDG 3 and 5, along with a powerful program set up by two Canberra women to tackle the horrifying rate of maternal mortality in PNG. The founders of 'Send Hope Not Flowers', share the challenge and change a simply idea can generate. BroadAgenda co-editor, Dr Pia Rowe, returns new vigour to that old adage 'the personal is political', and shares the story of political activism through MamaBake. And we salute Eva Cox whose excellent and widely published post IWD commentary urges us to think more deeply about ... the point of it all. Happy reading!

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NewsBrief: Week 3 March 2017


This week's talk swirls around politics; how women are faring and fitting in - or not! Former PM Julia Gillard gives a frank and sobering account of sexist skulduggery. In Western Australian, a record number of women win seats in the state election; while the Liberal party gets a toasting for its lack of women. Labor star Kate Ellis's political drop-out calls for new thinking. Saudi Arabia comes under global media attack for launching a council to empower girls with no girls or women in sight. And the US Women's March brings good news for the office supply industry. And the funniest spoof on female multitasking you'll ever see...

And on BroadAgenda …

We’re only 2 weeks old, and flying forward. More blogging on women in politics, and how what ‘she’ does is judged on a different scale to what ‘he’ does. We take a tough look at ‘elite’ feminism and what happens when personal progress masquerades as ‘women’s empowerment’… and we drop in to the Pacific Feminist Forum. Happy reading!

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NewsBrief: Week 2 March 2017


Welcome to the BroadAgenda NewsBrief - a weekly, curated snapshot of news and views around gender equality, with a keen eye on issues such as leadership, diversity, governance, economic empowerment and the political participation of women. It’s a handy tool to help you keep across the latest media chat from Australia and around the globe, as well as an update on our latest blogs. Enjoy! 

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NewsBrief: Week 1 March 2017 


Happy International Women’s Day – an auspicious occasion, as today marks the birth of BroadAgenda - our bold new blog, for broads, blokes, brawn and brain!This week we sit down with Vice Chancellor, Deep Sani, to dissect gender equality and his own experience of ‘bias’. In Nepal we examine how gender quotas are causing seismic cultural shifts. We explore the merits of the Women’s March in the US; the gender politics behind TV taunts; the dynastic nature of female leadership in the Philippines; the economic empowerment of poor women in Fiji; and ask some hard questions about academic life in Australia and why women are side-lined. And that’s just for starters!In the mainstream media this week the talk is all about pay gaps, feminism and TV politics: as old Aunty ABC tosses her nephews aside for IWD! Sunday’s #AllAboutWomen event, with headline act Geena Davis, highlighted just how far we have to go before gender parity on screen, in media … and across numerous sectors (did she really say 730 years!). And just in case we need reminding, the latest gender pay gap report from the WGEA brought more bad news. Happy IWD2017!

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NewsBrief: Week 4 February 2017


This week all eyes have been on the work place. The Fair Work Commission cut Sunday penalty rates, with the female dominated retail industry copping the biggest blow. Meanwhile bad press due to poor numbers of women has forced the Victorian Liberal party and NSW Trains to holler for more women. In Trump world, the President’s campaign advisor has a new spin on anti-Trump protestors; according to Kellyanne Conway they … “just have a problem with women in power”. And while all the buzz talk was around the Oscar’s oops moment, more sober souls were focused on the ongoing pay disparity between white women actors and those of colour.

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NewsBrief: Week 3 February 2017


This week has seen the spotlight on one of the oldest issues to beset women – abortion and a woman’s right to self-determination when it comes to sexual and reproductive health. The domestic story focused on Queensland, while Trump’s gag order ignited global debate. Meanwhile back home the hot topic of banning the burqa was rekindled in Victoria, while overseas a Swedish government delegation to Iran coped a media thrashing for covering up with hijabs. While many were celebrating Valentine’s Day with loved ones, girls in Ethiopia flipped the day into a fundraiser.

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