50/50 gender commitment: March

05 April 2018

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Robert Breunig is a Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Robert is also Director of Crawford School’s International Development and Economics Program. He teaches Economics for Government POGO8081 and regularly teaches in Crawford School’s Executive Education program.

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In December 2017 Crawford School Director Professor Helen Sullivan committed the school to a gender balance in its public events program.

The target looked at two simple measures – the gender balance on individual panel events held at the school, and the overall balance of male to female participation across all of Crawford’s public events.

In the latest of our regular updates, we take a look at the progress so far on both these measures.

This report covers March 2018, a period where the school held 18 public events.

In total in March, the School’s 18 events had 28 speakers, of which 18 were men and 10 (36%) were women. Included in this number is one male chair or moderator.

The School had only one panel event in March. This event had six participants, of which two were female. This event originally had three female speakers planned, but one of these panellists had to pull out on the day of the event.

On the year to date figures, Crawford has now put on 38 events in 2018 featuring 325 speakers. Of these, 157 (49%) have been women, and 165 (51%) have been men. This includes chairs and moderators (25 women and 22 men).

In panels on the year to date, Crawford has put on 9 panel events. Of these, 4 have had 50% or higher female participation, 4 have had 25%-40% female participation, and one had no females at all.

“It’s very encouraging that the school is so close to its 50% gender commitment in regards to overall balance in public events,” said Professor Robert Breunig, a member of the School’s Gender and Diversity Committee.

“Already this year the school has put on a lot of events with a large number of speakers, and that 157 of those speakers were female shows that all around the school events organisers are working hard to turn this commitment into action. I thank and congratulate them on their hard work.

“That said, this month’s numbers show a decline in female participation in our public events for March. The actual numbers of participants were relatively small this month, which explains why the monthly figure of 36% looks poor, but the year-to-date figure of 49% is only a small drop from last month’s figure of 50%.

“We should expect to see continued movement in those numbers as the year progresses and we gather more data about how we’re doing against our commitment.

“There is clearly still some way to go to achieve the commitment of gender balance on panels, although I note the work that’s happening around the school to try and make this happen. “

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