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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

Core to Edith Cowan University’s namesake (Edith Dircksey Cowan) and the University’s values, is the pursuit of redressing inequalities and improving education and opportunities for women. ECU is the only university named after a woman in Australia, a woman whose lifetime achievements included a strong focus on gender equality.

ECU is proud to be participants in the national Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia hosted by the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative.

The accreditation framework is based on ten key principles which commit to creating gender inclusive workplaces. Originating in the UK, there are currently 45 participants in Australia including universities, medical research institutes and publicly-funded research organisations. The Bronze Institution Award will recognise institutions who understand the current state of gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) disciplines and have developed a four-year action plan which targets structural and cultural barriers, driving diversity in higher education and research.

Media Releases

ECU backs equal pay

Friday, 31 August 2018

ECU recognised Equal Pay Day today (31 August 2018), an initiative of the Workplace Gender and Equality Agency (WGEA) highlighting the gender pay gap in Australia. While the national gender pay gap has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years at 14.6 per cent, full time average weekly earnings for women are still $244.80 less than men.

CEDA Women in Leadership series 2018: the CEO panel – diversity beyond gender

Monday, 20 August 2018

ECU proudly continues to co-sponsor CEDA’s Women in Leadership series in 2018.  The theme for this session on 9 August 2018 delivered a diverse range of opinions and solutions on what is required of leadership to develop and support a truly diverse workforce.


5 years of gender reporting in Australia: what has changed?

Sunday, 07 October 2018

In November 2018, The Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will join with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) on a national event roadshow for the release of WGEA’s fifth year of gender equality reporting data. ECU are proud to be co-partners of the event for Western Australia on 22 November 2018. Email if you would like to attend.

CEDA Women Leadership Series - diversity in the arts

Friday, 05 October 2018

Join esteemed leaders as they examine the challenges and opportunities of diversity and inclusion in the arts sector, in CEDA’s final 2018 Women in Leadership event on 9 November 2018.Speakers will include Perth Festival's Artistic Director, Wendy Marin, Chair of the Australia Council for Arts, Sam Walsh AO, Black Swan State Theatre Company Artistic Director, Clare Watson and Councillor of the National Art Gallery of Australia and Chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, Helen Cook.

Development Hub

The Athena SWAN initiative recognises good workplace practices which provide conducive environments for gender diversity in STEMM within the higher education and research sectors.

Here are some professional development opportunities that may allow you to grow and develop your career, acknowledging the importance of diversity at work for everyone.


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