Keynote: Women in Leadership Francis Crimmins, YWCA Executive Director
Australia has steadily declined in the global gender equality rankings over the past two decades, slipping from 15 out of 115 countries in 2006 down to 35th place in 2017. The situation is most alarming when you look at the participation of women in the political sphere, with Australia currently sitting at 61 in the world. The local government sector is no exception to this widening inequality, but to bring about systemic change, it is time for the wider community to play their part. Despite all the gains women have made in obtaining formal leadership positions, the reality for many Australian women is that they are still locked out of decision making and leadership roles. Further, the significant leadership contributions by women within their family and community are often unrecognised and undervalued. Until we make changes to the design of our organisations and institutions, our gender bias will continue to work against progress.
This Harvard Video explains how Institutional design has the capacity to de-bias our decision making processes by removing the opportunity for bias to slip in. For example, blind recruitment processes can recalibrate our minds away from the person who looks the part, to the person best suited to the job.
Drawing on her experiences, Frances will look at challenges to change, examples of success and what practical actions we as a community can take to achieve gender equality.