In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020, we invited Elizabeth Broderick in for a chat, asking: Elizabeth, what’s getting in the way of gender equality?
“The organizations that exist today are deeply rooted in a male life trajectory. Is that same trajectory going to take these organizations into the future? Absolutely not, because when an organization is shaped according to a strong male trajectory and that's built into the systems, processes and behaviours, those systems can exclude women.
I call it ‘gender asbestos’. It’s what's built into the walls, the floors, the ceilings of organizations. It's the belief system. It's the structures and practices. It's the way we speak to each other. So if institutions and organizations don't actively and intentionally include women, that system will unintentionally exclude them.”
Elizabeth is the UN's special rapporteur on discrimination against women and girls and a member of the UN Working Group. Our wide-ranging conversation with Elizabeth, hosted by Ranna Alkadamani in Frasers Property Australia’s head office in Sydney, covered everyday sexism, radical feminism, fatherhood, Male Champions of Change and the ‘radical act’ of self care.