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    Australia drops in gender gap rankings

    This week the World Economic Forum released their annual Global Gender Gap Report where Australia has dropped 5 ranking places to #44 out of 153 countries. Australia's disappointing result is right behind Jamaica, Bolivia and Laos, and just ahead of Zambia, Panama and Zimbabwe. This widens our gap with local neighbors New Zealand ranked #6 and the Phillipines ranked #16. In the first 9 years of data collection from 2006-2014 Australia dropped 9 ranking places from #15 to #24, and in the last 6 years alarmingly Australia has dropped a further 20 places from #24 to #44. This is partly due to the sharp fall in economic participation and opportunity of 35 ranking places from #14 in 2014 to #49 in 2020. It is not surprising that the Coalition governments' penalty rate cuts, wages stagnation, cuts to social services and austerity policies have  disproportionately impacted badly on women.  Globally, closing the gender gap in economic participation will take 257 years (compared to 202 years in last year's report). There is no country where men spend the same amount of time on unpaid work as women and even in countries where the ratio is lowest it's still 2:1. This is simply not good enough, we can't afford to wait to achieve gender equity at the current rate. We need you to take action: become a member, donate or volunteer to be a part of the change. 
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    EMILY’S List (Australia) Incorporated constitution amended 2019

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  • Upcoming events

    Valentine's Day Breakfast

    When: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 07:00 AM
    Where: TLC Building in South Brisbane, Australia

    Our first event for the year will be the annual EMILY's List Queensland Valentine's Day Breakfast. The guest speakers this year will be:

    • Hon. Di Farmer MP
      Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic & Family Violence
    • Saxon Mullins
      Advocate for reform to criminal justice system responses to sexual violence
    • Nicola Hazell
      One of Australia’s leading voices on gender equality, social innovation, and the future of work

    Date: 14th February at 7am

    Location: Level 2, TLC Building, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane

    Tickets: Waged $50, Non-waged $20

    Book online:

    Get elected! Training for progressive Labor women

    When: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Where: Queen Victoria Women's Centre in melbourne, Australia


    Professional development training presented by expert campaigners, candidates, MPs and party leaders.

    All sessions will be held 1-5pm each day at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

    For EMILY’s List Australia and ALP members: $360 per session or all 3 sessions for 15% off at $920

    Book online at:


    Saturday 29th February 2020

    Level 1: So you want to be a politician? (Local, state & federal)

    An introductory workshop that will include topics such as:

    ▪ How to make the decision to run

    ▪ Understanding the preselection process of the ALP

    ▪ Telling your story

    ▪ Experiences of successful candidates

    Presented by:

    ▪ Maree Overall, CEO of EMILY’s List Australia

    Maree is the CEO of EMILY’s List Australia, a financial and political support network for Labor women candidates.  With a background in science and a PhD in Biochemistry, Maree had a 7-year post-doctoral career in the university sector that also involved public and political advocacy for medical research. Upon leaving academia she forged a path in the small business of conference management mainly for the association industry. Before taking on the CEO role at ELA, Maree was Senior Advisor to Minister Fiona Richardson during the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Her main responsibility was for the development and implementation of the Strategy for the Prevention of Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women and for key aspects relating to women's leadership, economic security, STEMM and health and well-being in preparation of Victoria's first Gender Equality Strategy.  A member of ELA since 1997, a past ALP local branch president and feminist activist, Maree has vast campaigning experience.

    ▪ Hutch Hussein, Immediate Past President of Victorian Labor

    Experienced Senior Manager with interest in ethical leadership, diversity and inclusion, government and NGO sector experience, particularly working with multicultural communities, undertaking refugee policy advocacy and facilitating cross cultural training. Over nearly 20 years, developed strong skills in managing teams, policy advocacy, tender writing, stakeholder relationship management, project management and media relations. Bring experience of how government works from my time as a Ministerial Adviser in the Education and Women's Affairs Portfolios. Bring experience of how people work from my time as a Social Worker and managing teams. I enjoy mentoring the next generation of leaders and empowering all to onboard CALD employees and/or engage multicultural communities effectively. Hutch is a former National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia and was mentored by Joan Kirner AO.  She is the immediate past president of Victorian Lanbor and has years of experience across all activities of the ALP.

    ▪ Meghan Hopper, former Mayor of Moreland

    Meghan is a policy, media and campaigns professional with extensive experience in social change and women's representation, equity and safety. She is currently employed at Moonee Valley City Council as Senior Coordinator, Governance and Advocacy. Meghan is completing a PhD part-time at Monash University, researching mainstream print media representations of female candidates for Australian federal office between 1984 and 2010. She is an experienced Board Director and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2018, she was appointed by the Minister to the Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust, where she is also Chair of Finance, Audit and Governance Committee; she previously spent four years as an elected representative on Moreland City Council, one year as Mayor (during which time she served on the Minister for Local Government's Mayoral Advisory Committee), 3.5 years in an appointed role on the Council of Monash University, 4 years on the Board of CERES Environment Park, 3.5 years as Co-Convenor of the National Labor Women's Network and 2 years on the executive of the Essendon Football Club's Women's Network. In 2016 Meghan was a Women's Agenda Award Finalist in the category of Emerging Leader - Government for her work to improve women's safety in Moreland. 


    Saturday 21st March 2020

    Level 2: Time to Campaign

    ▪ Campaign planning

    ▪ Building a team

    ▪ Fundraising

    ▪ Social media management

    Presented by:

    ▪ Mary-Anne Thomas, Member for Macedon

    Maree Overall, CEO of EMILY’s List Australia

    Leonie Morgan AM, founding member of EMILY's List Australia and International Women's Development Agency mentor

    ...and more speakers to be announced


    Saturday 18th April 1-5pm

    Level 3: Winning the Women's Vote

    ▪ Women to women campaigning

    ▪ Conversation skills

    ▪ Finding your voice

    ▪ Messaging and cutting through

    Presented by:

    ▪ Liddy Clark, former Member for Clayfield and former QLD Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy

    ▪ Maree Overall, CEO of EMILY’s List Australia

    ...and more speakers to be announced