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


The Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL) was chaired and founded by the Hon. Julia Gillard AC – the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia – in 2018. We bring together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of workplace gender inequality and the lack of gender diversity in leadership positions across sectors and countries. 

GIWL (pronounced “jewel”) 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. 

We seek to bridge the gap between those who generate evidence, and those who wish to use it, and to 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 gender equality in the workplace and beyond. 

GIWL has three guiding principles:

  • Research - drawing together existing findings and undertaking new studies

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

  • Practice – Translating research into evidence-based policy, practice, and training

With bases in King’s College, London and The Australian National University, Canberra, GIWL is built on a global network of researchers and partners working towards the common goal of advancing gender equality. GIWL ANU was established as GIWL’s first international base in 2018, with a focus on advancing gender equality across the Asia-Pacific region.



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