UN Special Rapporteur at Discrimination Against Women | Principal at Elizabeth Broderick & Co. |
Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers.
A key advocate for Australia’s paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level.
She also established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. In 2016 Elizabeth was Senior Adviser to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner.
She is currently working with The University of Sydney and some Residential Colleges to examine the existing culture of those Colleges and James Cook University to examine the sexual harassment policies and cultural environment.
Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women, Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles and a member of the International Services for Human Rights and Australian Rugby Union Boards.
An Officer of the Order of Australia and 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and Deakin University.
Elizabeth will be speaking about:
Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Tech
“If we do not actively and intentionally include women, the system will unintentionally exclude them.”
Elizabeth, who’s just been appointed UN Special Rapporteur – Discrimination Against Women, will be talking about growing up with two sisters, her life as a working mother, and the importance of having courage in order to create change. She will be speaking about her belief that the world is at a real cross roads, and it’s not until those of us who care enough are prepared to continue to speak out that we will see change. Her opinion is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it in a really small way just in your work team or family, or you’re leading a big organisation somewhere in Asia, but every one of us has a responsibility to step up in some tangible way and take action; so that young women will have a more empowered life than she’s had. Liz also gives her advice on the five areas that she’d recommend businesses should focus on around gender diversity. Finally, Liz also talks about the importance of engaging men in gender diversity, as the global establisher of the “Male Champions of Change”.