november, 2016

02nov6:00 pm7:30 pmAccelerating Gender Equality – Do we need Male Champions of Change?6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Ideas

Event Details

Do we need Male Champions of Change?

David Morrison AO

Delivering gender equality is far more complex than it seems at face value, to date progress has been glacial, with no simple pathway to success. Whilst legislation and policy changes are important building blocks for achieving equity, there is still much work to be done.

In Australia over the past five years we have seen the Male Champions of Change (MCC) emerge as a major contributor to the public debate, built on the assumption that greater equality has to be led from the top, and this leadership from men will accelerate change.

This CEO led advocacy approach has resulted in a renewed and refined emphasis on the business case for increasing the number of women in senior leadership and board positions.

The MCC model is growing from strength to strength both locally through targeted industry sector initiatives and internationally, but still some questions about its effectiveness remain.

Recent data from the ASX has shown minimal increase in the number of women in senior leadership roles in ASX companies over the past five years. Earlier this year the World Economic Forum declared the pace of change so slow it estimated the gender gap alone will not close until 2133.

Australian of the Year David Morrison AO will lead a panel of researchers, students and academics in this topical debate. Some of the questions they will explore include:

  • Is this model of change the key to accelerating gender equality? Or are we just perpetuating a traditional male power-based, approach to the issue of gender equality?
  • Why are we failing to have the important public debate about the role of men in caregiving which many believe is critical to achieving true gender equality? For decades now we have seen surveys of younger men wanting to spend more time with their children with little change.
  • Is the business driven male CEO advocacy model really working to increase inclusion?
  • Does it work in all sectors including for example culture, arts and education?
  • Is a gender alliance model a more effective approach to deliver real change? Globally we have also seen the very successful UN He for She campaign emerge from the NGO sector that engaged men of all ages across the world.

Join us as we dig deep into the issues of how system and cultural change happen, and whether men playing this champion role is necessary to accelerate and achieve true gender equality.

  • David Morrison AO (2016 Australian of the Year)
    General Morrison concluded his appointment as Australia’s Chief of Army in May 2015. In his tenure at the top of Australia’s Army, David has faced many leadership challenges but he is probably best known for his strong public stance on gender equality and leading cultural change in large organisations. . In 2015, David was appointed Chair of the Diversity Council Australia. He has been named the Australian of the Year for 2016.
  • Associate Professor Michael Flood, University of Wollongong
    Associate Professor Michael Flood is an internationally recognised researcher on men, masculinities, violence, and violence prevention. He has published widely on the primary prevention of violence against women, men and gender, young men’s heterosexual relations, and pornography. Michael is the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007). He has had a wide-ranging involvement in education and advocacy related to men, gender, and violence.
  • Associate Professor Rae Cooper, the University of Sydney Business School
    Associate Professor Rae Cooper is Associate Dean at the University of Sydney Business School where she oversees curriculum, governance and delivery in the School’s Undergraduate programmes. As a researcher, Rae specialises in employment matters and has a particular interest in flexible working arrangements and gender and work.
  • Associate Professor Parisa Aslani, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney
    Parisa is an associate professor in Pharmacy Practice at The University of Sydney, and has been a researcher and educator in the field of consumer medicine information and adherence for the past 20 years. Parisa is the President of the Health and Medicines Information Section of the International Federation of Pharmacists (FIP), and the President of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association (APSA).
  • Professor Deborah Schofield, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney
    Professor Schofield is Chair of Health Economics at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Professor Schofield and her team have a substantial research program applying economic modelling to genomic medicine. She her collaborators have also undertaken extensive modelling on the economic impacts of illness and health interventions which have impacts not only on the health system, but also family economic circumstances and productivity, other government portfolios, and GDP.
  • Anna Hush, University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council (SRC) Women’s Collective
    Anna Hush is an undergraduate student in Arts and Science, and is the 2016 Women’s Officer at the University of Sydney Students Representative Council. Anna has been a vocal advocate for institutional change for student safety and has campaigned against sexual assault and harassment with the Sydney University Women’s Collective. Anna was also the co-founder of fEMPOWER, a program of workshops on feminism for high school students.
  • Adam Spencer, debate host
    Adam Spencer began his career in radio by winning the Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From 2006 to 2013 Adam was the host of the coveted radio slot ABC 702 Breakfast Show. Adam holds a first class honors degree in Pure Mathematics and has an immense interest in science. These passions lead Adam to hosting the ABC program QUANTUM and FAQ from 1998 to 2001. He is the author of The Little Book of Numbers, The Big Book of Numbers, and The World of numbers. Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Math’s and Science. He also co-hosts Australia’s No 1 podcast, Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl.

Welcome by Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science, the University of Sydney.


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Great Hall

The Quadrangle, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006