It may seem that things have been a bit quiet at AIIW, as our last newsletter was sent in February, but nothing could be further from the truth! We’ve been busier than ever across a range of exciting projects and are happy to share with you some of the big things we are working on to drive impact through gender-wise giving.
We’ve been following up on the significant interest generated by our two 2022 research reports – A Home of One’s Own (Per Capita) and Breaking the Norm (Deloitte Access Economics) and planning our next research focus; collaborating with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute on the development of a new Gender-wise Partnerships Framework drawing from research into housing case studies. We’ve also been developing and refining our State of Gender-wise Giving in Australia Survey for launch to the sector, and we’re in the early planning and development process of a suite of new Gender-wise education resources for Philanthropic Boards and Grant-makers thanks to the William Buckland Foundation.
We recently held donor events in Sydney and Melbourne, with panels featuring Sam Mostyn AO, Catherine Fox AM, Doug Hilton AO (MELB), and Tom Snow (SYD) to share our work and impact with supporters, which you can read more about below. If you would like to join our circle of supporters or to partner on a special project please get in touch.
If you follow us on socials, you’ll notice an uptick in our communications and engagement thanks to Ella Mitchell, our wonderful new Communications and Engagement Lead. Ella brings with her rich experience in the gender space and beyond. She recently worked with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) and the Pathways to Politics Program; with The Stella Prize, XYX Lab and The Ethics Centre’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas. We’re thrilled to have Ella on board and thank the Bell Family Foundation for enabling this important resource.
As you read this newsletter, I will be in my first week of long service leave and will be busy helping our eldest daughter, Madeleine, with her wedding preparations. I’m looking forward to the family celebrations and some time out for rest and relaxation. Our brilliant Operations Manager, Joyce Teo, will be acting CEO until my return on 10 July.
Australia is in an important time right now in the quest for gender equality, with state and federal governments increasingly recognising the importance of gender-responsive budgeting. It’s the ideal time for philanthropy to strengthen its commitment to inclusion and equity by taking intentional steps to embed a gender lens and commit to investing in women and girls. Please reach out if we can help you in any way.
With sincere thanks and warmest regards
Julie Reilly OAM
Australians Investing In Women