Who’s afraid of a gender equity quota?
On 25 July, a collaborative event at UTS’s city campus will bring together leading policy makers, industry and academics to tackle some of the stumbling blocks to attracting and keeping talented women in the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
Sponsored by UniBank, the symposium will feature Libby Lyons, head of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Speakers from the Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy; MYOB Group and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering will also present their experiences bringing quotas into the workplace.
The event aims to get participants talking targets and discussing issues around women’s recruitment, retention and promotion. In line with this, a key focus of the day will be a workshop addressing organisational barriers to implementing sector change.
“We’re interested in creating a truly collaborative event—one in which people feel empowered to contribute, to share their knowledge and experience, as well as to learn from the experiences of others,” said Verity Firth, Executive Director of the UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.
Read more in the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion Newsroom.