In February 2012 the Victorian Women's Trust held a week of community action to protest against violence towards women, after a sharp 10% increase in the number of sexual assaults in Victoria. On Radio National Breakfast on Monday 13 February 2012, Fran Kelly interviewed Dr Jackson Katz who had been brought to Australia by the Victorian Women's Trust. Dr Katz is an anti domestic violence advocate.  As well as speaking about domestic violence, Dr Katz spoke on the topic of how to give both men and women strategies to deal with situations, for example, social situations and work situations, where people are making adverse or similar comments about women, and how that can be dealt with effectively. 

To listen to the interview, go to

The following is taken from a media release by Women on Boards dated 22 February 2012.

More than half of the ASX200 has not complied with the revised ASX corporate governance guidelines on diversity, a major new report has found.

The Women on Boards Traffic Light Index is the first significant public review of ASX companies since the revised Principle 3 of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles & Recommendations came into effect in January 2011. Companies are required to report their measurable gender diversity objectives in their first annual reporting period after this date.

Women on Boards sampled 82 companies from the ASX200 in January 2012 to evaluate their response to the revised Principle 3 and more generally their progress in achieving a gender diverse workplace.

Companies were selected at random and a ranking of 1.0 (red), 2.1, 2.2 or 2.3 (amber) or 3.0 (green) given based on how well they complied with Principle 3 and other public information available in the Annual Reports (2010 and 2011) and/or on the websites of the selected organisations.

Key findings included

Companies in the ASX100 are working harder on diversity than those in the ASX101 to ASX200 (called the ASX200
The banks are leading the way in Australia, with the big four getting a green light, and Suncorp-Metway and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank close behind with the top level amber rating of 2.3.
Other sectors doing well include diversified financials, telecommunications, transportation and insurance.
Real estate, food, beverage and tobacco are making progress as are some in the energy sector although only three (AGL, Caltex and Origin) scored above 2.1.
Commercial and professional services, consumer services and the big retailers Myer and David Jones rated poorly
The materials sector is very much in the red zone when it comes to diversity with the exception of the two big miners, BHP and Rio Tinto, and OZ Minerals.
There was little correlation between the numbers of female directors of a company and its overall rating.
WOB Directors, Claire Braund and Ruth Medd, who compiled the index, said the dividends were evident for those companies who had put the early work in on gender diversity, while those just getting started will have some hard years ahead of them.

“Maintaining workforce gender diversity at all levels requires consistent effort and vigilance and is not something that can be ticked off and forgotten. Principle 3 is just the beginning of the journey for Australian companies,” Medd and Braund said.

For the full media release and table of results go to:

Women on Boards announced on 15 February 2012 the successful participants in its Next Generation of Female Corporate Leaders high level learning and development program. The leadership program is being hosted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Seventy women applied from across Australia and internationally for the six-day program that aims to increase the visibility of high potential women within their organisations and sectors.

"We were again very impressed by the incredibly high calibre of applications for the 24 self-funded and two scholarship positions. Particiants are from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia Queensland and Japan" said Claire Braund, Executive Director, Women on Boards.

The program is focussed on how women can achieve an executive or ‘C Suite’ role, gain a seat at the board table and  be successful and have impact once they are there.

It is well supported by experienced directors, current and former executives, professional coaches and expert presenters to provide the women with the confidence to engage and network with the next level of leadership.

The program was open to all Women on Boards members and applicants were independently ranked on the basis of how well they met the selection criteria and their overall suitability for the program.

For a list of the successful applicants, go to

The Hon Robyn McSweeney MLC, Minister for Women’s Interests, invites you to the International Women’s Day Discussion Lounge. Join actor and comedian Monica Main, together with the following guest speakers,

  • Cheryl Edwardes, Former WA Attorney General
  • Commander Michelle Fyfe, WA Police Force
  • Professor Colleen Hayward, Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University
  • Kerry Sanderson AO, former Agent General for WA in London
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Catherine Stoddart, 2011 Western Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year

for engaging discussion and entertainment.

Date and Time: Wednesday 7 March 2012
5.00pm Canapés and Drinks
5.30pm Start
7:00pm Light Refreshments
7:30pm Close
Venue: Banquet Hall, The University Club of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
The Discussion Lounge is on the theme: “The mothers of invention – women as innovators and agents of change”

This is a free event. Tickets are required. Limited seats available. For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 6551 8700

Women On Board's has released Executive Director Claire Braund's 2010 Churchill Fellowship Report "To investigate the effect of gender quotas on public listed company boards in Norway and the progress of the public policy debate in the UK and France.

The purpose of Claire Braund's Churchill Fellowship was to examine policies and programs in place in the UK, Norway and France to increase the number of women on boards and in management/ executive roles. In six weeks between September and October 2011 she interviewed more than 60 people, presented to a professional women's network and a university forum and attended a global women's forum as one of 1,300 delegates.

A copy of the report and extracts of an interview with Claire Braund are at

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released its second report addressing family violence, Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws—Improving Legal Frameworks (ALRC 117, 2011). Together with its first family violence report in 2010, the two reports provide 289 recommendations for reform, making a significant contribution to the Australian Government’s agenda to improve the safety of all who experience family violence.

The report is available at

Momentum Forum is celebrating International Women's Day 2012 early, on 2 March 2012 from 11am at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and searching for the Face of Momentum; a woman who demonstrates that today beauty has no age or time limits. The Face of Momentum will be a woman over 35 years of age, with confidence and enduring, eternal beauty that shines from within. Face of Momentum 2011, Bernadette Bosanac, will be handing over her crown to the winner of this year’s competition. The announcement will take place during the International Women’s Day celebrations on Friday 2nd March 2012 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 Momentum Forum also seeks nominations for the Momentum Forum Most Inspiring Woman of the Year 2012. This award recognises a woman who has excelled in her chosen field of work, either professional or private. One who is an inspiration others, who is able to motivate and touch the lives of others. A woman who continues to persevere despite setbacks and hardships.

More information is available as follows:


t: 1300 175 388

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Attached are two articles that appeared in The Australian on 16 December 2011 titled "Glass Ceiling Still Keeping Female Partners at Bay" and "For AMP, Gender Equity is a Business Issue.

We hope you find these interesting reading.

Shortly after 8.30 on Tuesday morning, 7 February 2012, Radio National's Breakfast program included a segment considering sexism in Australian politics. To listen, go to

Below is a link to an article by Mike Brett Young, CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria that appeared in the Law Institute Journal titled ‘What we all want’. The article notes the problems in retaining women lawyers and the small proportion of women in leadership at law firms.

Lisa Gazis, managing director of Mahlab Recruitment (NSW) wrote on 3 February 2012 in New Lawyer about lawyers leaving the profession more generally. Attached is a link to her article.

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