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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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This week's talk swirls around politics; how women are faring and fitting in - or not! Former PM Julia Gillard gives a frank and sobering account of sexist skulduggery. In Western Australian, a record number of women win seats in the state election; while the Liberal party gets a toasting for its lack of women. Labor star Kate Ellis's political drop-out calls for new thinking. Saudi Arabia comes under global media attack for launching a council to empower girls with no girls or women in sight. And the US Women's March brings good news for the office supply industry. And the funniest spoof on female multitasking you'll ever see...

And on BroadAgenda …

We’re only 2 weeks old, and flying forward. More blogging on women in politics, and how what ‘she’ does is judged on a different scale to what ‘he’ does. We take a tough look at ‘elite’ feminism and what happens when personal progress masquerades as ‘women’s empowerment’… and we drop in to the Pacific Feminist Forum.

Happy reading!

In the news ... 
Julia Gillard: Call out the double standard for women leaders
19/03/2017, The Mandarin
  • A sobering and frank assessment by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the inequities in perception and standard that wedge women in politics
  • The “ugly ravings”, “pornographic cartoons” and “vile words on social media”, were “mainstreamed” according to Gillard
  • Gillard urges public sector women leaders ..."Don’t be bullied into not calling out sexism"
Julia Gillard's tips for aspiring women leaders
20/03/2017 The Mandarin
  • Insight from the former Prime Minister on what matters most when sharpening your leader’s toolkit
  • “It's vital to hone your own sense of purpose, what’s driving you…”
Can we change Parliamentary work to better suite MP's like Kate Ellis?
15/03/2017 The Canberra Times
  • ANU Political Science Prof John Warhurst tackles the controversy around federal Shadow Minister Kate Ellis’s decision to step down from politics in order to spend more time with her young son
  • The demands of parliament’s sitting schedule in Canberra were key to Ellis’s decision; “He’ll need to be in Adelaide. And I will need to be in Canberra if I’m the member for Adelaide, and that’s a really big problem for me and our family.”
  • Commentary around what needs to change, ‘people’ or ‘politics’
  • Warhurst floats the idea of ‘job-sharing’ for MP’s – an idea gaining currency in the UK
NAB Launches Gender Equality Social Bond
14/02/17, ProBono Australia
  • The National Australia Bank announces a new bond to support Australian organisations that champion gender equality in the workplace
  • The bond derives from shares in tobacco and weapon manufacturing stock, under its revised environmental, social and governance program
NAB Launches Gender Equality Social Bond
19/03/2017, Perth Sunday Times
  • After the Labor Party’s landslide win in the WA state election, the state now has more female politicians than ever before, from all political persuasions
  • One of seven new MLAs, the Member for Bicton Lisa O’Malley said the “boys club image has been completely smashed”
Female Liberal MPs look like an endangered species
14/03/2017, The Australian Financial Review
  • According to the AFR the number of female Liberal MPs is diminishing.
  • 18 of the 84 Liberals in the federal Parliament are women, the lowest figure in 20 years
  • The oppositional Labor Party has 43 women in Parliament
  • The Liberal party is criticised as inherently sexist, too pushy
Why a 'blokey' Tasmanian department got an anti-discrimination exemption
20/03/2017, The Mandarin
  • The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment has a controversial plan to get more women into its senior ranks
  • Its received an exemption from anti-discrimination laws to run a female only cadetship program
  • Angry critiques suggest such affirmative action may de-skill the department
Youth Unemployment Hits Women The Hardest
16/03/2017, BuzzFeed News
  • Almost 22,00 Australians aged between 15 and 24 became unemployed last month
  • For young males 4,649 full-time roles were created, and 6,149 part-time jobs were lost
  • But for young female workers the figures were much worse, with 7,654 full-time roles and 7,957 part-time roles lost
Victoria boosting womens' leadership in local government
16/03/2017, GovNews
  • The Victorian government has launched a new mentoring program designed to encourage more women to seek election and provide support to women in local government
  • the program, to be run by Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), received $20,000 State funding... for what GovNews refers to as "the fairer sex"
World Wide 
Saudi Arabia launches Girls' Council to empower women - without any girls
16/03/2017, ABC News
  • Publicity photos from the launch of Saudi Arabia's new Girls' Council have gone viral for all the wrong reasons — namely, the lack of actual women in attendance
  • The photos released from the council’s first meeting show 13 men, with no women in sight
  • According to the BBC, women were present at the launch but were streamed in a video link due to the strict gender segregation laws between unrelated men and women
All Those Signs at the Women's March Actually Increased Office Supply Sales
16/03/2017, Fortune
  • An unexpected direct result of the Women’s Marches was office supply sales
  • In the week before the march, sales of poster boards in the U.S. were up 33% and foam board sales increased 42%,
  • Catch our BroadAgenda video interview with Prof Simone Chambers on the meaning and power of Womens March posters and slogans
Trump is appointing 3 men for every woman. Here's where he's hiring them
13/03/2017, Vox
  • President Donald Trump has appointed about three times more men than women to fill jobs in his administration that don’t require Senate confirmation
  • The gender disparities are biggest in departments such as Commerce and Defence
  • Only the departments of Health and Human Services, State, and Personnel Management had more new female than male appointments
New study finds traditional voter attitutes still hold women back in politics
17/03/2017, Women in the World
  • A new study done the Barba Lee Foundation discusses factors that may be holding women back from government leadership roles in the US - including assumptions around motherhood as a central role for women
Dispatches from ...
Youth get gender violence awareness training
14/03/2017, The Fiji Times
  • In a first for Fiji - a week long training initiative for young people focused on gender based violence and human rights
Footnote fodder ...
The Story Of How The White House Got Its First Tampon Machine Is Hilarious
17/03/2017, Refinery29
  • A former deputy chief of staff to President Obama, gives a first-hand account of an office without a tampon machine - despite half Obama's senior staff being women
  • “If we were truly serious about running a diverse operation and bringing more women into politics, we should give the office a basic level of comfort for them," she writes. "Even if you had to pay a quarter, it would be better than menstruating all over the Oval."
How would a woman have handled her child interrupting and interview live on TV? A lot differently, video imagines
17/03/2017, Women in the World
  • A YouTube sensation - the hilarious and somewhat controversial video of a BBC news analyst being interrupted by his children during a live broadcast, has given rise to some even funnier spoofs... here is the best of them!
The Future of Coffee Farming is Female
16/03/2017, Sprudge
  • Around the world women are the backbone of the agricultural industry, but if the gender gap in agricultural leadership were to reduce - production in developing countries would increase by 4%
In case you missed it ...
Sydney Girls' High School prefects hit back after Sydney Boys' viral video
  • An online furore has erupted between Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Boys High School in response to a video released by the boys' school last week to celebrate International Women’s Day
  • The video features male Prefects stating why feminism matters to them
  • Sydney Girls High School has penned an open letter slamming the video, labelling it as tokenism and expresses a culture of misogyny
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