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COP28: How philanthropy is advancing women’s climate action leadership in the Pacific

Michelle Higelin and Flora Vano Fri, 1 Dec 2023

As the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 - COP28 - gets under way, Philanthropy Australia was pleased to partner with Groundswell Giving and ActionAid Australia to hear from Ralph Regenvanu, the Vanuatu Minister for Climate Change Adaptation. Here, ActionAid Australia's Executive Director Michelle Higelin reflects on insights from the event and the importance of backing women-led action.

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Groundbreaking Gender Compass research set to shift the conversation

Fri, 15 Sep 2023

Plan International Australia has undertaken a first-of-its-kind research project, led by Dr Rebecca Huntley, that segments the broad Australian public into six groups based on their attitudes, behaviours and policy preferences in relation to gender equality. Supported by the Trawalla Foundation, it can be used by communicators, advocates and changemakers to meet people where they are, rather than where we think they should be, writes the chair Carol Schwartz AM.

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From Brave to SEED: ‘Our country needs healthy families’

Dee Rudebeck Fri, 8 Sep 2023

As origin stories go, Bernadette Black’s is highly compelling. Her drive to establish Brave Foundation as its first CEO – an organisation supporting young parents into education or work – was grounded in her own experience as a pregnant 16-year-old trying to navigate Centrelink. She found the experience profoundly unwelcoming and unhelpful, and it created a deep determination to one day change the system. Thirty years on, she’s doing that with SEED.

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‘Sharing knowledge will create generational change’

Fri, 25 Aug 2023

Kayla Baker-Peris is a proud Yolngu, Yawurru and Kidja woman born and raised in Darwin. She is an alumnus of the Yalari Indigenous scholarship program, which supported her until graduating from Kambala Girls School in Rose Bay, Sydney, in 2018. Below, she shares her experiences of being one of the first Indigenous students at Kambala and how the scholarship changed her life.

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Under Cover film continues to move audiences at community screenings

Diana Hodgetts Fri, 17 Mar 2023

It was a pleasant summer evening in the East Melbourne suburb of Ringwood last night as a mostly female crowd packed into Karralyka Centre for a sold-out screening of Sue Thomson’s documentary Under Cover.


Gender equality in numbers

International Women's Development Agency Wed, 8 Mar 2023

Even with a seemingly limitless amount of data about our shopping habits or Netflix viewing history, we lack data about gender.


Philanthropy’s role in cracking the code this International Women’s Day

Julie Reilly, CEO, Australians Investing in Women Fri, 3 Mar 2023

Each year brings a new theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) and a new focus for action on gender equality. A quick look at key gender equality statistics, however, shows very little that’s new.

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