Making progress in gender equity

Making progress in gender equity

Macquarie University has submitted its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award, demonstrating our commitment to improving gender equity across the university.

GESAT meeting

Macquarie is part of the SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity) Athena SWAN Pilot, along with 45 other Australian universities and research institutes.

Originally developed in the UK in 2005, the Athena SWAN charter requires institutions to conduct an in-depth self-assessment of their current situation, looking at their structures, systems and culture to identify gaps in and barriers to gender equity.

“We’ve been working on this project since we were accepted into the pilot in June 2016, under the lead of our gender equity self-assessment team (GESAT),” says Harriet Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Macquarie’s SAGE Project Officer.

“This has involved analysing quantitative data, such as our staff profile, recruitment, promotion, parental leave and pay data from a gender perspective, as well as undertaking a qualitative analysis to understand the experiences of staff at Macquarie.”

Based on this analysis, the GESAT (pictured above) have developed a four-year action plan to progress gender equity.

At Macquarie, we’re taking a different approach,” explains Harriet. “We know that to make real progress, we need to transform the traditional approach to diversity and inclusion.”

“Our approach is to 'fix the system'—meaning we're focusing our attention on the policies, systems, processes and cultures that create and maintain inequality. This means changing the way we do things.”

While SAGE covers the STEMM disciplines—so people at Macquarie working for the Faculties of Science and Engineering, Human Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences—the GESAT is considering gender equity across the university.

Find out more about how we’re fixing the system at Macquarie.

Published 1 May 2019.

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