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.
Our goal is to improve public discourse and understanding of equity and the status of women by filtering current issues and public policy through a sharp, well informed gender lens. We challenge old tropes and outdated stereotypes with a fresh, contemporary feminist framework that is inclusive and future focused. 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. Since launching on International Women’s Day 2017, more than 250 contributors, across ten nations, have written for us.
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, in addition to media representation of women. We also explore issues of trust, women’s activism and mobilizations, and the impact of populist movements and strongman politics. As big fans of women’s economic empowerment and political participation, we’re always on the lookout for new data, leading theory, and strong examples of best practice in action.
In fact, there’s little that doesn’t come under our radar. But unlike other research-based websites, blogs, or think-tanks, we always filter our swag of concerns through a gender lens, with a focus on equality and diversity – or lack thereof!
Virginia Haussegger AM is Chief Editor of BroadAgenda, and founding Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, which she established at the University of Canberra in 2017. She is a passionate gender equality advocate and an award-winning television journalist and media 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 15 years, from 2001-2016, she 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 Virginia 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.
In 2019 Virginia was named ACT Australian of the year. She has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, the Australia Forum Steering Committee, and the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation. She was a founding member of Women in Media Canberra; and is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.
Dr 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.