The theme for this year's International Women's Day celebrations resonates strongly with us here at BESydney.
A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change.
We’ve chosen to challenge non-diverse panels and speaker line ups at meetings, webinars and conferences and we invite you to join us in this cause, particularly in the year ahead as meetings start to return and business confidence builds. Let’s build our industry back not just better, but best.
It’s not a new challenge. But unfortunately it is still a challenge we need to make. All day. Every day.
The Women’s Leadership Institute’s 2019 Women for Media Report found that only 18% of voices represented in major newspapers’ business pages were those of women; and it is estimated that only 30% of event speakers in Australia are women.
Given the write off 2020 was for business events, it is fair to assume that there has been little progress since that report was released.
This important day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world, and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
BESydney’s work is supported by an incredible network of Global Ambassadors, partners, members, government representatives and of course, our own expert team. On this day we celebrate the achievements of the women in this cohort, representing Australia at the highest levels of every field of human endeavour.
One of those remarkable humans is BESydney Global Ambassador and Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council Elizabeth Broderick AO.
For those wishing to join us in this challenge, she shares the resources developed by the Male Champions of Change, which she founded as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2011. The Panel Pledge: Gender balance in every forum gives a wide range of simple and practical ways organisations and individuals can increase the visibility and contribution of women leaders in public and professional forums.
With conferences now seamlessly able to link in-person and virtual speakers and panel members there is simply no excuse.
Having diversity improves the quality and depth of the conversation. We must provide a platform for thought leaders across the full spectrum of our society, and equally share these profile-building opportunities. In so doing, we will also provide visible career pathways for future leaders.
If you’re not sure where to find female voices, why not start here, with the women who volunteer their services to help promote Sydney on the global stage as our BESydney Global Ambassadors.