Now you see it, now you don't: gender in contemporary policy

Presenter/s: Em. Professor Eva Cox, AO, University of Technology, Sydney; Ms Elena Rosenman, Executive Director Women’s Legal Centre ACT; Assoc. Professor Susan Feldman, Monash University; Dr Marian Baird, University of Sydney

Event type: Forum

Event date: Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Event venue: University House Common Room, ANU, Canberra

Further information: Registration information

2015 sees the gender gap in wages continue, family violence affect one in six Australian women and parenting in the early years become harder due to parental leave and child care policies that miss the mark. Where and how is gender playing out in the social policies that shape our daily work and home lives? How does paying attention to gender values and inequities lay the foundation for policy that protects and promotes community wellbeing?

The Gender Institute is proud to support The Power To Persuade Symposium: Gender forum

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PTP: Gender examines two critical aspects of policy development as they relate to gender equity: evidence and values. In doing so, it explores where gender is strategically made visible or invisible in contemporary policy, what is served by this and the values that sit behind policies that shape women's and men's lives.

In the first session, Why we are stuck, we ask what evidence is available or missing to create policies that protect the wellbeing of women and why, in some cases, it is unavailable. Digging deeper, speakers then explore the values underpinning selected policies that have dramatic impacts on women¹s everyday lives. The second section, we seek to reimagine a society supported by feminist policy and set the agenda for women's policy through a facilitated workshop.

What will I take away from the forum?

Through the forum, participants will build capacity for equity-based policy change through:

  • Hearing about contemporary research and analysis relating to gender and social provision
  • Learning about gaps in gender-based data
  • Interrogating the values underpinning key policies that create and/or reinforce gender inequities.
  • Identifying a range of solutions to improving the daily lives of Australian women and the communities they live and work within.
  • Contributing to setting the agenda for women's policy in Australia

After the forum, PTP: Gender will co-host the ANU Menzies Centre for Health Policy Grand Challenge, which will consist of a panel style debate on 'Why does gender equity matter for health policy?' The debate will be broadcast on Radio National Big Ideas and will enables policymakers, researchers and leading thinkers to engage in debate to generate public awareness about the role of gender in health policy.

For more information please see the attached flyer.


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