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Elizabeth Broderick on men’s role in creating gender equality

Speaker(s): Elizabeth Broderick

  • Date recorded: 18 Nov 2014

  • Duration: 32:17

'Gender asbestos – it’s built into the walls, the floors, the ceilings of institutions and organisations, the behaviours, the practices. It’s often not tangible.'

- Elizabeth Broderick

About this video

As Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick explores the role men must play to create true gender equality in Australia. 

In this lecture, she describes how gender inequality remains a pervasive and systemic issue in Australia, and that equality cannot be achieved without commitment from men.

But how to move men from interest to action? In her talk, Elizabeth examines strategies for achieving this in two very different contexts – in the military and in the corporate world.


Elizabeth Broderick has acted as Sex Discrimination Commissioner since 2007, and was also the Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination from 2007 to 2011. She has been a key advocate for Australia's national paid parental leave scheme and domestic violence reform, and is Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women. She was the over-all winner of the 2014 The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.