‘Digital literacy; a powerful tool for the advancement and empowerment of women’

Anna attended the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women 62 (CSW62) in 2018. She is currently studying a Masters of International Business at RMIT University and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce. As well as this she is currently working as a data analyst at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


The significance of incorporating women into the workforce has never been more apparent. Not only in terms of its impact on the productivity of an economy but equally the social impact it has on a country. Previous generations of women have fought hard to place the women of today in such a position. As boldly stated by Hausmann, Tyson and Zahidi (2008), ‘a nation’s competitiveness depends significantly on whether and how it educates and utilises its female talent’. In developed nations, women have the opportunity to gain an education, work full-time and even contribute to the family dynamic. Yet still, women fall behind in key statistics such as participation rates and workforce utilisation rates. 

Undertaking analysis of key Australian government reports and statistical findings, this paper seeks to identify the primary areas in which women are falling behind in relation to utilisation and participation in the workforce. These findings will underpin recommendations for policy changes and harmonisation in digital literacy as one targeted solution in tackling lower participation and inclusion of women.

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Combatting the adverse impact of automation and technological advancement on women in the Australian workforce through public-private partnerships between Government and Corporations

Gulandam attended the OECD forum. She is current studying a Master of International Relations at Monash University and has industry experience in technology and innovation at IBM and PwC. 


As Australia increasingly embraces technological advances in workforce automation and digitization, there is a predicted adverse impact on the jobs of women. This paper will highlight these impacts and provide recommendations on how Australia may embrace innovation, whilst mitigating risk of a widening gender divide. In doing so, it will also discuss whom these recommendations are best suited to: Government-led policy, corporate social responsibility – or shared value creation between both? [1]

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Mainstreaming Gender in Climate Change Mitigation: The Anticipated “Paris Agreement”

By Madelin Orr

Madelin attended the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.


To achieve the long-term objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) evidence suggests both men and women need to be equally involved in all areas of decision-making processes. Women play a crucial role in climate change mitigation actions due to their knowledge of coping strategies used to ensure the availability of food production, household water supply and energy use. Despite efforts made to expand UNFCCC obligations in gender mainstreaming, the UN, as of yet, has not successfully secured gender-equality in all policy areas and programs relating to climate change mitigation actions.  

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