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Highlights from our fabulous International Women’s Day Breakfast!

Relive the IWD Breakfast and see our video!

Lunch with Kerry Kornhauser

It all started with a lunch. Kornhauser's sister was working with a charity that helped children from disadvantaged backgrounds with homework. She was doing the rounds, trying to get donations and support, and asked Kerry to come with her to a Rotary lunch. By Clare Kermond -

International Woman’s Day - Women in Rotary Breakfast

In addition to a large contingent from the Rotary Club of Brighton, we sponsored students from Brighton Secondary College to attend the International Women’s Day breakfast at Crown Palladium last Wednesday.

Women In Rotary – a celebration of International Women’s Day

Inspiring speakers, vigorous debate and delicious food were the order of the day as Rotary clubs across Australia and New Zealand celebrated International Women’s Day 2016. However, while women’s achievements were front and centre, clubs on both sides of the Tasman acknowledged the need for greater gender diversity in Rotary and all areas of business.

Calling Rotarians Worldwide: Is It All in the Genes?

Breathe in. Breathe out.

There’s a wonderful feeling of freedom and security in being able to breathe normally, without fear and without anguish.

Sadly, three in ten Australian women have felt suffocated by physical, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands their partner.

Colleen Hewett’s powerful anthem ‘Let me Breathe' has been generously donated to Violence Free Families to help raise awareness and much needed funds.

Congo Canoe Challenge 2015

Support a team of Australian volunteers, including two women Rotarians, Lucy Hobgood-Brown and Dr Grace Maano, who are making a 600 km river journey in August 2015. The team is focused on providing medical training to a remote community of 6000 people, accessible only by canoe.

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Workplace that isn’t woman-friendly

IF YOU thought the Australia Defence Force sex scandal was disturbing, Queensland has its own agency that’s been branded a toxic place for women.

Does Gender Diversity exist in your workplace?

Gender Diversity is a challenge that faces all of us in our organisations, our communities and in Rotary. Recent statistics from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency of the Australian Government highlights that Women comprise 45.8% of all employees in Australia. As a proportion of all employees, 24.7% are women working full time and 21.1% are women working part time.

It's reigning men. How our convict past explains our glass ceiling

Why does Tony Abbott have only one woman in his cabinet of 18 men? Why does BHP have only two women on its 12-man board? Why does Australia itself have one of the lowest rates of female company directorships in the world?

Gender disparity: roles for women lag in corporate world

It will take decades for women to achieve meaningful representation in the upper levels of corporate Australia unless a determined approach is embraced, according to the 2012 Australian Census of Women in Leadership.

Aust women still face uphill battle to break glass ceiling

Australia is falling behind other nations in terms of women in corporate and political leadership positions, a new study shows.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday released the December Australian Social Trends (AST) study.

Australia 'behind' with women in leadership positions

Australia lags behind much of the world when it comes to the number of women in business leadership positions.

The Randstad Workmonitor Report shows that only 38 per cent of Australians surveyed said that female employees make up at least half of the leadership positions at their current employer.

Business is ignoring the case for gender equality at the top

They say a poor tradie blames their tools. For more than twenty years we have been trying to close the gender pay gap and establish a strong female talent pipeline. As it turns out, we’ve been using the wrong tools.

Rotary Down Under Quarterly Article-1

Think of a moment when you were excluded .. remember those feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment and isolation?

Facts about women in Rotary

Here are some facts about women in Rotary which you probably already know, but here they are anyway.

When women are on the team

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative tells the story of female vaccinators and front line health care workers in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Women On Board

In the first of a three-part series, this article looks at the role of women in Rotary.

In search of the Rotary Woman

Recently when focus groups in 12 countries around the world were asked to describe Rotary and Rotarians, their responses were: *Business Men *Elite *Secretive *Old *Wealthy *Unsure if women are allowed to join.

Women Play a Vital Role

Article from Rotary District 9520 bulletin. Download Article

Docklands Rotary in the news again

The Social Welfare and Women's Ministry is continuing to make economic opportunities available for women.

In search of the Rotary woman

When recent focus groups, in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Sydney and Chicago, were asked to characterise Rotary and Rotarians, their responses included: “Business men”, “elite”, “secretive”, “old”, “wealthy” and “not sure that women are allowed into local clubs”.

Women play vital role

Shirley Roberts provides an example of the significant contribution women have made to Rotary’s work.

Rotary Gender Diversity in Rotary District

This report reflects on a Rotary District 2010/1011 Board being composed solely by a single gender, demonstrating a lack of diversity. I believe in incorporating current best practice, and thus we should have a mixed board reflecting the gender diversity of the population of both our community and membership base.

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