Women and gender equity

Women and gender equity

Macquarie University launches Workplace Gender Equity Strategy draft for comment

Our bold vision is to lead the way for other universities and organisations, and society more generally, to create greater equality between women and men at work.

The draft Workplace Gender Equity Strategy is intended as a strong statement to the University community of our commitment to create real and sustainable change for equality at Macquarie, building a solid foundation for ongoing improvement.

We want to see gender equity consistently reflected in the fabric of the University – in our structures, our policy, our behaviours and our culture. With this in mind, the draft strategy sets out our commitments and an initial two-year plan of action in six priority areas.

How can staff help shape the Workplace Gender Equity Strategy?

To build and maintain momentum in gender equality, we will need collaboration across the entire University and a combination of initiatives that are University-wide and at the faculty, department and unit level.

We encourage you to read the draft Workplace Gender Equity Strategy and consider how we can work together to bring about the changes needed for a more equitable workplace for all.

Your comments and suggestions on the draft strategy are welcomed, and can be made via email to wgesfeedback@mq.edu.au before Friday 10 February 2017.

If you prefer to discuss this in person, please contact Jo Hatton, Manager of Workplace Equity and Diversity at jo.hatton@mq.edu.au or ext. 9703.


The Gender Equity Strategy Committee will hold face-to-face opportunities for discussion across the University to seek feedback and suggestions on the draft strategy and how it can best be implemented. The final Workplace Gender Equity Strategy will be developed in early 2017, and launched at an International Women’s Day event on 8 March.

Introducing our Gender Equity Strategy Committee

Professor Sakkie Pretorius

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research (Co-Chair)

Nicole Gower

Director of Human Resources (Co-chair)

Mark Broomfield

Director of Property 

Neil Durrant

Faculty General Manager, Faculty of Arts

Corrinne Franklin

Lecturer, Department of Indigenous Studies

Kim Guerin

Director of Campus Life

Jo Hatton  

Manager of Workplace Equity and Diversity

Professor Lesley Hughes

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Integrity and Development and Distinguished Professor of Biological Science

Professor Barbara Messerle

Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professor Anne Ross-Smith

Associate Dean, Curriculum and Quality Assurance, Faculty of Business and Economics

JoAnne Sparks

University Librarian

Professor Johanna Westbrook

Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Professor Sherman Young

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching

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