Why empowering women is a crucial economic reform that boosts GDP

Empowerment of women is a critical economic reform in many countries, particularly those with ageing populations.The Second World Assembly for Women (WAW), convened by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and held in Tokyo on 28-29 August, represents...
Friday 4 September 2015
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Male Business Leaders Need to Support Women's Empowerment

On March 10-11 at The United Nations, leaders from government, civil society and the business sector convened to discuss how business can be a force for change in advancing gender equality across the globe. This call for business to play a...
Tuesday 31 March 2015
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Applaud men who learn from their mistakes

I have been Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission for the past seven years. It is a job that takes me from 200 metres under the sea in a submarine, to the United Nations in New York, to spending time...
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Limited choices for new mothers

AS I stepped down from the podium in Sydney last week, after having launched my report about the direct link between pregnancy discrimination and women’s workforce participation (Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National...
Tuesday 12 August 2014
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Workplace still hostile territory for many parents-to-be

I am haunted by the words of a woman whom I will call Sonja. I heard from her during my National Review into Pregnancy, Parental Leave and Return to Work Discrimination. She was describing the response from her manager to her becoming pregnant.“Well...
Friday 25 July 2014
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Lifting the lid on workplace discrimination when we start a family

“You try to be very excited on behalf of the person who is telling you (they are pregnant) but secretly, what you’re saying behind it is ‘how the hell am I going replace this person for the next year?’… With the best will in the world not to...
Tuesday 8 April 2014
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Gender reporting can benefit women and business at the same time.

There has been a lot of coverage of the gender reporting debate recently. What is not being covered is the work that the Australian Human Right Commission and the Business Council of Australia are doing together to identify ways to improve and...
Thursday 20 March 2014
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Gender reporting not a yes or no issue

 The Australian Human Rights Commission and the Business Council of Australia have been working together for some time to find ways to improve and streamline gender reporting, because this is not a yes or no debate.We all recognise that increasing...
Wednesday 19 March 2014
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

We have to stop this

“Are you talking about rape? I’ve been raped many times. You just have to get used to it.”Imagine that your daughter, sister, mother, wife, girlfriend or female friend had the grave misfortune to have this happen to her - and that this statement,...
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Australia can show the world with equality in Defence Force

"We have one female platoon commander who is very beautiful" said the man.  "But she is quite distracting for all the troops.  They are divorcing their wives, competing to get her attention.  They are complaining to me that they can't do their jobs...
Tuesday 29 October 2013
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

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