August 2021
Come Rain or Shine

CEOs for Gender Equity has splashed into August and has continued to make ripples in gender equity.


With 20 consecutive days of rainfall over the course of August in Western Australia, progressive and contemporary CEOs 'raincheck' their commitments to  workplace gender balance and gender equity.


Come rain or shine, we thank you to our CEOs for Gender Equity who continue to work hard through the remaining months of 2021 to create a brighter, better and more equitable 2022.

Welcome to CEOs for Gender Equity!

Welcome to our newest CEOs for Gender Equity, Jason Marocchi.

We look forward to working with them and his team this year. 

"As a leader, I am committed to providing equality of opportunity in the workplace and removing the barriers that continue to frustrate this objective."

- Jason Marocchi

GRA Partners Pty Limited


Meet our CEOs for Gender Equity

Farewell to Gail Mcgowen


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"CEOs can ensure their organisations are successful by supporting a culture that genuinely embraces diversity of opinion and leadership style and for all CEOs to be role models for inclusive behaviour"

Gail McGowen

Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

We at CEOs for Gender Equity say farewell to Gail McGowan as she retires from her role as Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 


Gail was the department's first female director-general recognising the important contribution she could make to the communities and families she served.

Gail was one of our founding members, and was a generous and supportive leader in and amongst the public sector over the lengthy course of her career.

Thank you for all that you have done and achieved!

See all members here

Equal Pay Day 2021 and National GPG Figure 2021


The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) released the new national gender pay gap figure on the 19th of this month. Using the latest Average Weekly Earnings data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, they found the figure to be 14.2% -  a 0.8% rise over the last six months.


This means that Equal Pay Day falls on the 31st of August, marking 61 extra days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same annual pay as men. The day aims to grow awareness and serve as a reminder to employers around the country to identify and address discriminatory pay to try and ensure women are paid equally.


Thanks to progressive and contemporary CEOs and leaders in WA who regularly audit their gender pay gaps. We need more in WA to do the same. 

Find out more

Women in Civil Drive Opportunities by Jesinta Burton


Tania was interviewed by Jesinta Burton for the recent August Business News for her insight on women in the West Australian construction industry.


While acknowledging the government could influence procurement policy, Ms Cecconi said she believed industrybased collaborations were the best solution.

“Partnerships between employers and training providers are key to innovative workforce solutions that disrupt old ways of recruiting and training,” she said.


The amount of women in construction has shifted dramatically over the past years, with the percentage of men to women increasing by 34%.

Read the article

Spotlight on: Mahboba's Promise


Mahboba's Promise is a woman-led Australian Aid Organisation working in and around Kabul following the recent escalation of violence. Announcing an emergency response, Mahboba's Promise's team are now helping 900 displaced families by supplying shelter, food and living essentials. 

Founded by Mahboba Rewi, the organisation has worked tirelessly since its inception setting up schools, shelters, health clinics and sponsoring widows and orphans in need across Afghanistan.

Tania has been fortunate enough to work closely with one of the founders, Nawid Cina, through their roles at the Champions of Change Coalition


All donations go towards helping those families in need camping near their Kabul Hope House Orphanage.  Please consider sparing a moment of your time to read their story and help make a difference.

Make a difference

Gender Equity in the Legal Profession

Women are officially the majority in the legal profession throughout Australia.

A recent report published by Urbis found that 53% of all solicitors were female, along with every state and territory reporting more females than males. This is the first time in Western Australian history where there have been more women than men.


This marks a tremendous increase from 2011, where only 46% of solicitors were female. 

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