NFAW event in Perth 7 June 2016

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) was delighted to host a forum in Perth on 7 June 2016 to promote gender diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Generously supported by Deloitte WA, more than 40 guests in professional and leadership roles representing industry, the not for profit sector, government and academia, were challenged by presentations from 3 extraordinary women about the continuing difficulties for women pursuing careers in STEM fields:

Professor Cobie Rudd – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice President at Edith Cowan University;

Marjolein Towler – Director of Consultus Pty Ltd, Chair of Women in Technology WA (WITA) and an Information Designer, Facilitator, Project Manager and Processes professional;

Alex Atkins – Manager in Risk Advisory, Deloitte, geologist and mining engineer

Common themes in the presentations included:

  • The need for engagement with children and young people to pursue careers in STEM fields;
  • Breaking down gendered stereotypes about STEM and careers available to men and women in those sectors;
  • The need for institutional change to support women in academia progressing their STEM careers

The NFAW is looking forward to continuing its engagement around Australia in creating opportunities for discussions about the issues important to Australian women.

Having recently completed its annual Gender Lens on the Commonwealth Budget, the Social Policy Committee of the NFAW is immersed in preparation of a comparative analysis of the policies of the major parties in the lead up to the Federal Election on 2 July.

It will be essential reading for all Australians interested in gender equality.

To find out more about the NFAW and what you can do to support its important work, go to www.nfaw.org