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 engagment - 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.


Hillary Clinton’s Beijing speech: 25 years on

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights".

Julia Gillard, Chair of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership, converses with Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Paula A. Johnson, President of Wellesley College.

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.

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