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Quotas – why they are good for men – Melbourne

August 9 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

| $75

Join us in for a breakfast event in Melbourne on Aug 9 for what will be a complex discussion around gender quotas!

The topic of gender quotas tends to be divisive; people are either for or against, with very few sitting on the fence. While gender quotas are unlikely to be the whole answer to gender inequality in Australia, there is robust evidence that quotas may offer us a mechanism to provide a level playing field for both men and women in all aspects of political, organisational and community life.

Why is this important? Because gender diversity is linked with a wide range of organisational and societal benefits; from enhancing organisational outcomes, to engaging talent, and better public policy development. While quotas are often perceived as being good for women whilst taking away something from men, there is an increasing recognition that better gender diversity may in fact be good for men too. Men want better work-life balance, a deeper connection with their families, a better future for their daughters and a rethink of what it means to be a man.

Previous research from The 100% Project has shown that people who oppose gender quotas are more likely to believe that the current system is fair and that in Australia people are paid and promoted based on merit. However, an increasing body of research is questioning the ‘myth of meritocracy’ and points to the negative effects of this myth for both women and men. The 100% Project set out to investigate why the meritocracy myth is so entrenched and so difficult to address.

Our research found that people who have a stronger preference for a hierarchical society are more likely to perceive the current system as meritorious, and are more likely to have a negative attitude towards gender quotas.

To discuss what this means, come and join us as we officially launch our research findings and discuss their implications for Australia as a whole, men as well as women. Understanding the barriers to acceptance of policies such as gender quotas will ensure the most effective implementation of such interventions to disrupt the systematic and damaging inequity that exists for women in senior leadership positions in Australia today, and the negative effect this has on men.

Panel members will include

Ken Lay

Board Chair and former Chief Commissioner of Victorian Police

Ken is a former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police and experienced Board Chair and CEO. He has been recognised for his contribution to raising awareness of family violence and the destructive attitudes of some men towards women. In 2015, he was appointed as Chair of the Council of Australian Government’s Advisory Council on Family Violence and appointed as the Chair of the Prime Minister’s Ice Taskforce. In 2016, he was appointed to the Board of the Essendon Football Club and Chair of the Ambulance Victoria Board. Ken is also a Male Champions of Change, focused on creating more opportunities for women to lead in all aspects of the community.

Catherine Fox

Journalist, author and former ‘Corporate woman’ columnist

Catherine is a journalist, author and speaker who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for women’s rights and fairer workplaces. After a long career at the Australian Financial Review, where she was the Corporate Woman columnist, Catherine launched her own advisory and freelance business in 2013. She has written several books and the latest “Stop Fixing Women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business” was recently launched and urges women to stop blaming themselves for structural bias and men to actively tackle workplace gender inequality.

Adam Fennessy

Secretary, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Adam is the Secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and works to create liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities across Victoria while maintaining our world class liveability and protecting built and natural heritage for future generations. He is passionate about leading a high-performing, positive values based culture that delivers for Victorians and makes DELWP a great place to work.
Adam is also a Victorian Male Champion of Change, and believes that gender equality is everyone’s business. He is serving as Deputy President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), is on the board of Infrastructure Victoria and on the advisory boards of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Susan Price

Director at PwC

Susan founded PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion consulting practice and works with organisations to manage and capitalise on the differences in their people, whether that be gender, age, culture, thought or any other dimension of difference. This work ranges from a compliance/reporting perspective through to working with senior leadership teams to develop policy settings and measure outcomes. As well as her work with PwC, Susan is a board member of Epilepsy Action, and is a member of the AHRI Inclusion and Diversity Reference Panel. She was recognised as a NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2015 for her work in advancing women in the legal profession.



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