Progress on gender equality is not just slow—in some places it is reversing. 


The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) works to help create a world in which being a woman is not a barrier to becoming a leader in any field, nor a factor contributing to negative perceptions of an individual’s leadership.

Chaired and founded by the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, GIWL brings together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of workplace gender inequality, women's underrepresentation in leadership positions across sectors and countries, and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders.

GIWL aims to overcome a disconnect between much of the current activity in the diversity and inclusion world, and what research evidence shows is truly effective.

GIWL seeks to bridge the gap between those who generate evidence, and those who wish to use it. It also seeks to shine light on and amplify existing effective practices and solutions being applied in different countries across the globe.

The goal is to break down silos between sectors, nations and approaches and create a community of people focused on advancing women's leadership and workplace gender equality.

GIWL has three main areas of focus:

  • Research - drawing together existing findings and undertaking new studies

  • Advocacy and engagement - bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the world

  • Practice - using research to deliver evidence-based training and teaching

In 2020, ANU became the first international base for GIWL and works in partnership with GIWL at King's College London, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

GIWL has a global network of accomplished research partners working towards the common goal of improving workplace gender equality and women’s leadership. We are supported by an international network of Patrons, an Advisory Council and an Employer's Board. Learn more about our global team here.

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Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

Updated:  30 June 2022/Responsible Officer:  Institute Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications