Welcome to 50/50

Welcome to the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, a bold new gender equality initiative established by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), at the University of Canberra.

We’re currently busy building our new online home and look forward to throwing open our doors very soon. But in the meantime you might like to peruse our recently launched blog, BroadAgenda.com.au – for broads, blokes, brawn and brain! There you’ll find a growing community of academics, writers, public servants, politicos, journalists and engaged citizens exploring the diverse aspects of gender equality and its myriad challenges, constraints and constructs - in a fresh, new way.

Our vision is singular and uncompromising: By the year 2030 men and women will be equally represented in leadership and key decision making roles at all levels of government and public administration throughout Australia, and across our region.

Backed by world class research expertise, we aim to develop evidence based theory on the role of women in strengthening public administration and improving governance and national wellbeing. We delight in partnership and collaboration. And we excel in innovative program design. Our bespoke training modules; seminars, and events aim to challenge the prevailing discourse around women, power and public leadership. As such, the 50/50 Foundation will be a rich resource for local, national and international governments; political parties; public sector and civil service administrations, in supporting their efforts to achieve gender parity in leadership by the year 2030.

Virginia Haussegger AM is a passionate gender equality advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

Virginia has reported from around the globe for leading current affair programs on Channel 9, the Seven Network and the ABC. For the past 15 years she has anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra. She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

In late 2016 Virginia was appointed to head a new gender equality initiative, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), where she is an Adjunct Professor. In 2014 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women's rights and gender equity, and to the media.

Virginia has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, and the Australia Forum Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation; Women in Media Canberra; and is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.

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