About Us

About BroadAgenda

BroadAgenda is a bold new blog for broads, blokes, brawn and brain! Launched on International Women's Day 2017, it's a product of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), University of Canberra, Australia.

We aim to explore the many diverse aspects of gender equality - and its myriad challenges, constraints and constructs - in a fresh, new way. And we're delighted to have you join us!

As a community of academics, researchers, writers, thinkers, politicos, journalists, public servants and engaged citizens, BroadAgenda is a platform for the exchange of ideas – in which everyone can participate. We believe there is a savvy audience out there with a hungry appetite for sharp news and views around gender equality. And we believe the time is ripe to broaden the national and global conversation.

We are interested in policy, politics and governance, along with issues of leadership and the gendered nature of power and authority. We're fans of deliberative democracy and we deeply care about the future of inclusive governance and problem solving. We are on the hunt for fresh thinking around workplace innovation, and creative solutions to flexible work arrangements. We have a sharp eye on mainstream media and we’re interested in media consumption, influence and ownership. We want to explore issues of trust, women’s marches and mobilizations, and the possible regressions in populist movements. We’re also keen to explore women’s economic empowerment and political participation. In fact, there's little that doesn’t come under our radar. But unlike other research based blogs, or think-tanks, we're filtering our swag of concerns through a gender lens, with a sharp eye on equality - or lack there of!

Subscribe to our Weekly Wrap and each week we'll email you a brief update on what's new on BroadAgenda. And you can check out our latest postings via twitter @BroadAgenda5050, or on our Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.

(Disclaimer: Each blog post represents the view of the author(s), and not the view of the 50/50 Foundation, or the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. This blog is for information and entertainment purposes only and BroadAgenda is not responsible for the accuracy of any information provided).

The Team


Virginia Haussegger AM is BroadAgenda's Chief Editor, and Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor. She is passionate gender equality advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

Virginia has reported from around the globe for leading current affair programs on Channel 9, the Seven Network and the ABC. For the past 15 years she has anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra. She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In 2014 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women's rights and gender equity, and to the media. Virginia has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, and the Australia Forum Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation; Women in Media Canberra; and is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.


Hare HeadshotJulie Hare is the Editor of BroadAgenda. Julie has over 20 years’ experience as a writer, journalist and editor.

For seven years she was the higher education editor of The Australian, during which time she reported on gender equity in universities, among graduates and other workforce implications. Before that she was editor-in-chief at APN Educational Media and editor of Campus Review.

More recently, Julie has worked at KPMG and as a freelance journalist. She is an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne and has been actively involved with both the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University and the Governance Institute of Australia in various capacities for several years.



Pia Rowe Headshot Hi Res outdoor smallerDr Pia Rowe  is the Academic Editor of BroadAgenda. She has a PhD in Political Science from the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. 

Her main research interests include gender equality, inclusive forms of political participation - in particular in social and informal spaces – and representations of women in Australian politics.

Pia is currently working on the second phase of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation’s flagship research program, From Girls to Men: Social Attitudes to Gender Equality in Australia.