November 2021
Being the Change

This year has seen change unlike anything anyone had predicted in December of 2020. Despite this, prospective CEOs have continued to see areas to improve gender equity in the workplace.


From changing the way they hire in order to attract women, to introducing paid parental leave policies, to looking at and fixing workplace cultures, this month we encourage our CEOs for Gender Equity to be the change.

Welcome to CEOs for Gender Equity!

Welcome to our newest CEOs for Gender Equity.


We look forward to working closely with them and their teams for the rest of 2021 and onwards onto 2022.


"We look forward to improving our gender equity performance in the years ahead, and maintaining a healthy, diverse workforce where people want to work and the business has the talent for long term success"

- Alex Bates

Newmont Australia

"All CEOs need to be part of the gender conversation, share their experiences and learn from one another to create a future where gender equity is the norm"

- Rob Slocombe



"Diversity in the workplace is more than a buzz word or target on a page to be studies in the annual report, it's a key priority now and in the future for our business."

- Ed Kalajzic

Western Power

Meet our CEOs for Gender Equity

CBH Roundtable | Hosted by Ben Macnamara

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CEO of CBH Group, Ben Macnamara hosted his October CEO Roundtable.

A special thanks to Ben Macnamara for facilitating this open conversation, and to all who attended and made a commitment for gender equity in the workplace.


Under the new leadership of Mary Wooldridge, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has called the Australian government to strengthen the current Workplace Gender Equality Act in order to reduce gender inequality.

These calls include outline major legislative changes, including public reporting of companies' gender pay data, extending reporting requirements to 

companies with 50 or more employees and requiring the largest firms to set gender targets. 


The change will see companies private sector employers with 50 or more staff and public sector employers at levels of government with 20 or more staff be included. Employers will have to report how much their chief executive is paid, part-time and casual staff's actual earnings, who has access to paid parental leave amongst other requirements. 

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The Climate Change and Gender Link, Explained | Popular Science

Popular Science journalist Angely Mercado published his extensive look into the link between climate change and gender equity in the workplace earlier this month. The article looks into the many facets that create the relation, ranging from which workforces have the most women, to how climate change leads to higher instances of violence against women. 

Angely found that, according to statistics from CNET, men made up a little more than half of the government delegates at climate talks, and spoke for 


more than 70 per cent of the time. 

The article broadens the conversation away from focusing on the actions of more developed countries, to the impacts on less developed countries, and how climate change policies can evolve to let women into the conversation.

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Landmark project for First Nations women and girls | Australian Human Rights Commission

The Federal Government announced earlier this month that the Australian Human Rights Commission's landmark Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) project will receive $2.8 million in funding. This will see the project through to a national summit for First Nations women and girls, which is the first of its kind in Australia. 

The funding has been stressed as urgent, as the project is a part of a package of sweeping changes intending to embed gender equity across the country. This includes gender equality in First Nations appointments and free universal childcare.

The Wiyi Yani U Thangani report, which has been based on engagements with First Nations women since 1986, provides hundreds of women and girl-led initiatives and ideas the aim to enhance and improve health and wellbeing, as well as target the entrenched discrimination, racism and sexism experienced by First Nations women and girls.

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