Policy

The Government Cares? Prove it.

VWT Policy whiz Casimira Melican was a panellist at the recent Who Cares! Forum, featuring experts from across the care industry. The common theme? Money. In the spirit of nation building, Cas thinks it's time we demand more.

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Watch: Tanya Plibersek’s Keynote Address from Breakthrough 2016

“We cannot take progress for granted. We have to keep prosecuting the case, that democracy is better and stronger when it is more representative. There is no more important a time to have a greater number of women in leadership positions, because the laws that women have fought for can be unwritten. So women need to stand their ground, and we need to do it in a way that brings more people in.”

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins Talks Equal Pay and Equal Roles

Tues 22 Nov It's safe to say that Kate Jenkins knows a thing or two about gender equality, having gathered a wealth of human rights and legal experience over the years. Kate commenced her term as Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner in April 2016 and has hit the ground running, determined to prevent violence against women and their children, secure women’s economic security, and advocate for greater diversity in decision making roles across our community. Kate will deliver a keynote We Can + We Will on Day Two of Breakthrough. You can also see her in...

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There is Nothing We Cannot Do And Yet There Is Still So Much That Stand In Our Way.

Tues 8 Nov Written by Anne Summers Anne Summers is a journalist and author. Her classic 1975 book Damned Whores and God’s Police was re-released on International Women’s Day 2016. Anne will be MC at Breakthrough 2016 on Friday 25 November. As someone who has been in the women’s rights movement for over four decades, she has seen first hand the power of positive social change for women and the ongoing struggle to maintain progress. She believes it’s time for Australia to breakthrough. When we consider that it is a hundred years since white women...

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#NotAllMen – How do you succeed in a man’s world?

What does it take to make it in a male dominated industry? Hear the bold, frank and often funny stories from the women who’ve done it. Judith Lucy (Comedian, Writer & Actor), Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Mechanical Engineer & Advocate) , Judy Horacek (Cartoonist), Leena Van Deventer (Game Developer, Writer & Educator) and Dr Toni Meath (Principal & Advocate) will share their stories of breaking the mould in #NotAllMen as part of Breakthrough 2016. Though we’ve made huge gains in gender equality, we know that many industries remain far from equal in their...

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Enough is enough – It’s Time to Close the Pay Gap

It’s 2016 and Australian working women are still being denied the pay and rights they deserve. We say enough is enough - it's time to make a change! Joining us on this mission are organisers, researchers and workplace experts Ged Kearney (ACTU President), Colleen Chen, (co-founder, Interns Australia), Lyndall Stradzins (Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor) and Prof. Barbara Pocock (Emeritus Professor, University of South Australia). Don't miss this worthwhile She Works Harder for the Money breakout session at Breakthrough 2016.  The national gender pay gap is currently 16.2% and has hovered between 15% and 19% for the past...

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