Breaking Barriers for Women in the Workplace

WED 6 OCTOBER 2021, 7.30-8.45PM | ONLINE

Some 150 members of our community came together to hear from former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick AO and respected business leaders Ming Long AM and Sam Mostyn AO about Australia’s halting progress towards equal pay and opportunities for women in the workforce.

The conversation was moderated by local Walkley Award winner, Catherine Fox.


  • ANROWS [link]
    ANROWS is an initiative of Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan). It produces, disseminates and assists in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and children.
  • Champions of Change Coalition [link]
    A globally recognised, innovative strategy for achieving gender equality, advancing more and diverse women in leadership, and building respectful and inclusive workplaces. In the strategy, men of power and influence step up beside women leaders. They form a high-profile Coalition to lead and be accountable for change on gender equality issues in their organisations and communities – be they local, national or global.
  • The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) [link]
    The NCAS tells us how people understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it, what influences their attitudes, and if there has been a change over time. It also gauges attitudes to gender equality and people’s preparedness to intervene when witnessing violence or its precursors. It can be used by community educators, policymakers, program planners, researchers, journalists and students.
  • Diversity Council Australia (DCA) [link]
    The independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace. DCA provides unique research, inspiring events and programs, curated resources and expert advice across all diversity dimensions to a community of member organisations.
  • Chief Executive Women [link]
    Since 1985 Chief Executive Women (CEW) has influenced and engaged all levels of Australian business and government to achieve gender balance. Through advocacy, research, targeted programs and scholarships, it helps to remove the barriers to women’s progression and ensure equal opportunity for prosperity. CEW’s members work actively to realise our vision of a community where women and men have equal economic and social choices and responsibilities.
  • REPORT: Gender pay gap reporting in Australia [link]
    Written by the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, ANU and King’s College London, this October 2021 report explores the poor reporting regime in Australia and how this impacts our gender pay gap ranking globally. It offers three recommendations leveraging the existing regulatory framework with the goal of increasing transparency and providing clearer performance guidance and accountability.
  • Strong Female Lead [link]
    A documentary that examines Australia’s struggle with women and power when a strong female takes the lead. Using archival footage, we see the attacks that characterised Julia Gillard’s time in office – ever increasing in their vitriol, and sexual and violent overtones – as well as the gendered response of the public, media and parliament itself to Australia’s first and only female prime minister. You can watch it via the link above or read more about it here.
  • Australians Investing In Women [link]
    A not-for-profit organisation that advocates for Gender-wise philanthropy. AIIW encourages all Australians – particularly philanthropic, corporate, and community leaders – to apply a gender lens to their giving and increase investment in women and girls, to help create a fairer and more inclusive society.

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