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Welcome to the BroadAgenda NewsBrief - a weekly, curated snapshot of news and views around gender equality, with a keen eye on issues such as leadership, diversity, governance, economic empowerment and the political participation of women. It’s a handy tool to help you keep across the latest media chat from Australia and around the globe, as well as an update on our latest blogs. Enjoy!

 
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US President, Donald Trump dished up plenty of material for satirists when he spoke at a Women's Empowerment event. While at the other end of the spectrum Hong Kong's new chief is calling on women to step forward; and Iceland is cracking down on 'proof' of pay parity. Meanwhile back in Australia, more proof that gender diversity strengthens business performance; Victoria kicks a gender goal with women on public boards; yet the ASX200 takes a gender tumble thanks to one exit - and now we are 9! And back in the US, bad news about Millenials and gender equality on the home front.

And on BroadAgenda …

Post CSW we take a look at SDG 3 and 5, along with a powerful program set up by two Canberra women to tackle the horrifying rate of maternal mortality in PNG. The founders of 'Send Hope Not Flowers', share the challenge and change a simply idea can generate. BroadAgenda co-editor, Dr Pia Rowe, returns new vigour to that old adage 'the personal is political', and shares the story of political activism through MamaBake. And we salute Eva Cox whose excellent and widely published post IWD commentary urges us to think more deeply about ... the point of it all.

Happy reading!


In the news ... 
Australia
Equality target reached for women on public boards
27/03/2017, The Age
  • Women now hold almost half the paid places on Victorian government public boards, fulfilling a state government pledge to lift female representation in boardrooms
  • There are almost 3000 paid public board positions in Victoria with women accounting for 1459 of those in February, according to government figures
Gender-theory targets set on sexist preschoolers
28/03/2017, The Australian
  • Four-year-olds who exhibit sexist behaviour at preschool are the latest targets of the Victorian government’s crusade against family violence
  • Early childhood-educators will be taught how to - The Victorian Education and Training Department will train 4000 early childhood educators during the next year to implement respectful relationships programs in preschools, and eradicate gendered norms and stereotypes from the classrooms
 We just lost another female ASX 200 female CEO
30/03/2017, Women’s Agenda
  • The representation of women at the top of ASX 200 organisations has declined, with Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather announcing her retirement on Wednesday
  • Mather is currently one of just nine female CEOs on the ASX 200. At the beginning of the year that figure was ten, prior to Laura McBain’s resignation as CEO of Bellamy’s
ASX 300 companies with gender diverse boards grow revenue faster: KPMG report
03/04/3017, The Age
  • A timely reminder of the economic value in diversity is highlighted in a new KPMG report which analysis the bottom line outcomes for companies with women on their boards, in comparison to those without women. The analysis found higher revenue growth, and greater profitability and shareholder returns
  • The KPMG Enterprise's 2017 ASX 300+ Report analysed 664 companies, including 626 local entities and 38 foreign companies listed in Australia
  • The report found that in 2016 companies in Australia's mid-market sector with boardroom diversity, a dominant shareholder, or a long-serving chairperson outperformed their peers
World Science Festival: Pioneering women scientists put gender equality under the microscope
27/03/2017, ABC News
  • The World Science Festival called for greater focus on further inspiring young women to pursue science and build confidence in engagement with STEM fields
  • Queensland Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said more women scientists, engineers, and innovators were needed in leadership positions
WA Liberals urged to adopt gender targets after landslide defeat leaves dent in female MP numbers
01/04/2017, ABC News
  • Following Labor’s landslide win in the WA election, an outgoing WA Liberal MP has called for her party to adopt gender-based targets after their defeat left of only three Liberal MP’s in Parliament
  • From May, just three of the party's 22 MPs will be women — Libby Mettam, Donna Faragher and the party's deputy leader Liza Harvey
Global talk ...
With Carrie Lam as Hong Kong leader, will the door open for other women at the top?
27/03/2017, South China Morning Post
  • Newly appointed Hong Kong Executive leader Carrie Lam had pledged to persuade more women to join politics
  • “To the women of Hong Kong, I hope I will lead by example to encourage more women to take part in politics. To have comprehensive and stable political developments, we need more women to come out to take part in public services and politics,” she said
Equal pay for men and women? Iceland wants employers to prove it
29/03/2017, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Iceland has become the first country in the world to introduce legislation requiring employers to prove they provide equal pay
  • Equal pay has been law in Iceland for half a century, but the government has signalled a new crack down on enforcing pay parity
  • "We want to break down the last of the gender barriers in the workplace," said Thorsteinn Viglundsson, Iceland's social affairs and equality minister. "History has shown that if you want progress, you need to enforce it."
Electing women can boost gender equality in both appointments and policies, research finds
29/03/2017, Global Government Forum
  • New research has found that where women win election into local government roles with the power to appoint public servants, more women are appointed throughout public bodies and those organisations implement more female-friendly policies
  • Using data from Brazil, the study found that where political leaders had the power to appoint senior officials, the proportion of women in public sector jobs was raised – not only at the top levels, but also below them
Dispatches from ...
This is what German men really think about gender equality
29/03/2017, The Local
  • German Family Affairs Ministry released a report on male perspectives of gender equality
  • The findings include; 1 in 5 men say it’s not a good idea for both spouses to work; and 84% of men don’t think Germany has reached gender equality yet
Footnote fodder ...
"Fearless Girl" Statue Will Stay On Wall Street Through April 2018 & That's A Good Thing
29/03/2017, Romper
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the “Fearless Girl” statue will stay on Wall Street for at least another year
  • The statue of the young girl facing the Wall Street Bull was installed on IWD and has been mired in controversy ever since
Donald Trump's speech on women's empowerment is his best joke yet
31/03/2017, The Independent UK
  • U. S President Trump’s participation in a women’s empowerment panel on Wednesday, has been depicted as 'satire' by some main stream media
  • The Trump Cabinet has 24 members, only 4 are women
  • The President said in his speech, “I’m so proud the White House and our administration is filled with so many women of such incredible talent."
Fewer Young People Want Gender Equality at Home
31/03/2017, The Times
  • A new study from the University of Maryland has found that young people are less supportive of power-sharing between genders than they were 20 years ago
  • The study, part of a project with the Council on Contemporary Families found an increase in those who believed that families were better off it the men were “achievers outside the home”
  • As of 2014 about 45% of millennial men agreed with the idea that it's "much better for everyone involved" if the man is the breadwinner and the woman is the caregiver in a household
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