Wednesday, 5 December 2018, Great Hall Parliament House, Canberra
In December 2018 SAGE reached a key milestone – when 15 of Australia’s higher education and research institutions were recognised for their progress in addressing gender inequity and supporting greater diversity and inclusion – at the inaugural SAGE Awards Gala Dinner held in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra.
The SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Awards were conferred by Nicolle Flint, MP for Boothby, representing Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in attendance with other Government Ministers, parliamentarians and senior government officials, as well as other dignitaries including the CEO of Advance HE (UK), Ms Alison Johns.
Ms Del Irani – award-winning journalist and TV presenter – was Master of Ceremonies at the Awards Dinner. Del has hosted shows on Australian and international television including ABC News, BBC World News and is currently a presenter on ABC News’ national breakfast show.
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The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative is a joint partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
SAGE aims to improve participation, retention and success of women, gender minorities and diverse groups working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. SAGE builds on the success of the Athena SWAN Charter and its 10 principles of equality and inclusion, established and operated by the Equality Challenge Unit (UK), by adapting the Athena SWAN accreditation framework to identify and address gender inequality in Australian higher education and research institutions.
SAGE’s mission is to empower member institutions to make systematic changes within their organisations; evaluate their success through the provision of accreditation services; and engage with our members to support them during the evaluation process.