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  • 12 Nov 2017 6:20 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Sexual harassment has suddenly risen to the top of the agenda in 2017. The messages of Australia’s policy launched in 2014 remain highly relevant today.  The “Know Where the Line Is” campaign, a joint initiative by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Council of Trade Unions and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was launched by a powerful trio of women: Elizabeth Broderick who was Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ged Kearney who was the President of the ACTU and Kate Carnell who was the CEO of ACCI.  


  • 21 Oct 2017 1:35 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Plan International Australia conducted a national survey of girls aged 10 to 17-years old to find out to what they aspire and what prevents them from following their dreams.  They called the report The Dream Gap because girls modify and curtail their aspirations when they experience gender discrimination. Girls want to succeed but they face barriers that grow more profound as they enter adulthood. Plan reports 98% of girls say they do not receive equal treatment to boys.   Their main dream?  Gender equality.


  • 10 Oct 2017 5:34 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The #GirlsTakeover Parliament Program gets underway on Wednesday 11 October, when girls will take over the offices of six ACT politicians. Next week, they take on federal parliament. The program aims to showcase the energy and aptitude young women have for a career in politics and give them hands-on practical experience. How would increasing the number of women in parliament change the way we 'do' politics?


  • 29 Sep 2017 6:27 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    In 2013 the OECD issued Gender Recommendations that member nations should implement to address gender inequalities in education, employment and entrepreneurship. The 2017 OECD Report on the implementation of the Gender Recommendations reveals slow progress and much still to do.  Broad Agenda summarises the findings, but a search for Australia in the 2017 report illustrates how we compare.


  • 19 Sep 2017 5:53 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    If you missed BPW South Australia’s Equal Pay Day panel presentation, the audio podcast and the PowerPoint are now accessible online on the Hawke Centre website. 


  • 10 Sep 2017 4:10 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The CEW Census counts the women in ASX200 executive leadership teams and highlights the proportion of women in ‘line’ and ‘functional’ roles. Line roles drive key commercial outcomes and are a significant pipeline for the ASX200 CEOs of the future. Women make up only 5% of CEOs, 9% of CFOs and 15% of COOs, but dominate HR Executive roles.  The report breaks down the data by industry and company.  


  • 05 Sep 2017 4:56 PM | Jasmyn Mumme (Administrator)

    APEC Women and the Economy Forum 2017, Hue Vietnam, Sept 26-29
    Congratulations to Carol Hanlon, CEO, Belmont BEC & TCFWA has been invited to join the Australian Government delegation to APEC WEF, as a non-government delegate. One of only two women in Australia invited to the delegation.

    Carol Hanlon, Founding Manager and Business Facilitator of Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc. (Belmont BEC / BEC Global) and Founder, Manager and Mentor of Textile, Clothing, Footwear Resource Centre of WA Inc. (including TCF Australia / TCF Global) has been selected by the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women to participate in the Australian Government delegation to the APEC Women and the Economy Forum in Hue, Vietnam from the 26th-29th September 2017.

    Carol is a non-government official delegate to the Forum and the delegation will be led by Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone.

    Carol Hanlon said, “I am thrilled to be attending the APEC Women and Economy Forum in Vietnam, and will have the opportunity to engage with leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region on critical issues relating to business and women’s economic empowerment,

    Read more here...

  • 03 Sep 2017 1:52 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    This year the government released its Towards 2025 Government Strategy to Boost Women's Workforce Participation. It prioritises 6 groups of women who experience barriers to participating in the labour force: ATSI women, CALD women, mature age women, rural and regional women, women with disability, and young women.  It focuses on 5 action areas: child care, workplace flexibility, women’s entrepreneurship, economic security, and financial incentives to work. 

    The report notes that the workforce participation gap increases dramatically for women when they have children, but not for men whose participation can increase with family responsibilities.  Access to childcare places and financial assistance with childcare costs were 2 of the top 3 incentives for women to increase workforce participation in 2014–15.  

  • 27 Aug 2017 12:46 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The national Male Champions of Change coalition established by Liz Broderick has released a comprehensive resource to help Australian businesses close the gender pay gap, committing to address the pay gap in like-for-like roles within their organisations.

    Another excellent resource: in this video provided by the Huffington Post, Dr Elizabeth Hill of the University of Sydney explains the causes of the gender pay gap. 

  • 24 Aug 2017 8:12 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Fiona Richardson was a feminist and an inspiration to women in Victoria.  She will be sadly missed. A single yellow flower on the government front benches sat in simple tribute to Fiona Richardson, who died yesterday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Premier Daniel Andrews lead tributes on the floor of the house, highlighting Ms Richardson's role in delivering Victoria's response to the historic Royal Commission into Domestic Violence.

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