SAGE welcomes investment in STEM gender equity for Australia

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP, signalling the Morrison Government’s further commitment to the SAGE Pilot.

SAGE Executive Director, Dr Wafa El-Adhami, said SAGE is pleased to see the Government’s budget commitment for women in STEM, and particularly for SAGE.

“This is an acknowledgement of the significant leadership role Government plays as supporter, enabler and participant in advancing gender equity and diversity.

“The Government’s further $1.8 million investment in SAGE will continue to enable its expansion across the higher education and research sector, and will underpin long term sustainability of the program,” said Dr El-Adhami.

Warmly welcomed

“This announcement will be warmly welcomed by all SAGE members across the higher education and research sector who recognise that changing behaviour requires collective commitment and sustained action.

“It will also encourage others in the higher education and research sector to join SAGE and launch their own journeys to advance gender equity and diversity,” she said.

The SAGE Pilot of the UK’s Athena SWAN Charter is Australia’s only national initiative to mobilise collective on-the-ground action across STEMM – science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine – in the higher education and research sector. The initiative is delivered as a partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Key driver of change

The Government’s recent commitment to the development of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan has also demonstrated its support for women in STEM. The Decadal Plan development showed SAGE to be a key driver of change in the higher education and research sector, with membership comprising 50 per cent of the sector and a raft of concrete actions being implemented to support gender equity and diversity across the SAGE membership.

SAGE is also delighted to see further investment in gender equity via a national digital awareness raising initiative, fronted by Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith. Initiatives like this encourage and enable collaboration across the STEM ecosystem.

30 March 2019