Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick AO, presented the ninth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance on 19 September 2019 at Parliament House in Darwin.
Ms Broderick’s oration is titled: “The journey of a restless advocate: Creating a more gender equal Australia?”
Ms Broderick said gender inequality has been endemic in Australia, as in many other countries.
“It demonstrates itself in education, the professions, sport, business, religion, politics and industry,” Ms Broderick said.
Elizabeth has brought together captains of Industry, Sport, Governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.
Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.
She established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.
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