Progress on gender equality is not just slow—in some places it is reversing. This lack of movement, combined with the current public debate about how women are treated in workplaces and wider society, means there has never been a better time to tackle these issues head-on. The Global Institute for Women's Leadership is well-equipped to do so. It 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.

- The Hon. Julia Gillard AC

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

Established at King's College London in 2018, GIWL undertakes a range of activities designed to strengthen:

  • 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

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.

In 2020, ANU became the first international base for GIWL and works in partnership with King's College London to add an Asia-Pacific perspective to the work of the Institute.



Parliament as a gendered workplace: towards a new code of conduct

A coalition of political leaders and researchers congregated in person at the ANU and online to develop solutions addressing systemic misogyny, rascism and sexual harassment in Australia’s Parliament House.

This joint workshop Parliament as a gendered workplace, organised in partnership with the Australian Political Studies Association, included speakers such as Liberal former-cabinet minister Sharman Stone, ACT Liberal leader Elizabeth Lee, Labor MP Anne Aly, Greens senator Larissa Waters, and Independent MP Helen Haines along with political staffers and academic experts. The event also saw active participation from Prof. Brian Schmidt, ANU’s Vice Chancellor, and Prof. Elizabeth Reid, the world's first advisor on women's affairs to a head of government, appointed by Gough Whitlam.

The workshop reflected on and analysed research on gendered norms and practices in Australia and internationally to develop a code of conduct to help stamp out sexual violence in Parliament House and this has been provided to the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins as a formal submission.

You may see the complete recording of this workshop on our youtube channel here.

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