Science in Australia Gender Equity interviewed David Ruebain, CEO of Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) in the United Kingdom (UK). ECU manages a range of equity and diversity initiatives in the UK, including the Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter. Athena SWAN is a gender equity evaluation and accreditation program for higher education and research institutes.
David spoke with us about the importance of equity and diversity work and its growing prominence on the leadership agenda of universities, research institutes and businesses worldwide.
Professor Nalini Joshi, FAA FRSN, co-Chair of the SAGE Steering Committee, Academy Council member and Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow.
In this interview with Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), Professor Nalini Joshi, Co-Chair of SAGE, talks about the potential of the SAGE Pilot to help change the culture that currently leads to poor retention of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Nalini says:
The mechanism of SAGE is primarily to initiate local reflection and from the results of the local reflection, create action that will actually change the situation there.