A National Gender Equality Strategy – AGEC’s Perspective with Victoria Weekes & Vy Pham

13th December 2022 12:15pm - 1:00pm
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12:15-1:00pm AEDT


Join Victoria Weekes and Vy Pham for an interactive discussion about the key findings from the recent AGEC UQ COVID-19 Report and further insights from AGEC research on social norm that are central to addressing gender inequality.

With gender equality very much a focus of discussion post the 2022 Federal Election, Victoria and Vy will present the Australian Gender Equality Council’s view of the true state of gender equality in Australia and what the future holds in a COVID-19 recovery context. Those facts will provide the backdrop for AGEC’s campaign for a National Gender Equality Strategy, which will provide the necessary framework for tangible actions to accelerate the achievement of gender equality.

In this session, Victoria & Vy will explore:
1. Key metrics & measures and what’s changed - AGEC’s current assessment of the state of gender equality in Australia
2. AGEC & NAWIC UQ Research on the impact of COVID-19 on women - the good, the bad and the ugly
3. New insights on the influence of entrenched social norms on gender equality - How do the leaders of the future believe society will redress gender inequality and what can we all do to help

Pre Work

No pre-work required.


To learn about the AGEC’s current assessment of the state of gender equality in Australia and the impact of COVID-19 on women.


Participants will leave with a new understanding of the importance of the data in addressing gender inequality.


Victoria Weekes BComm LLB, FAICD, Senior Fellow FINSIA, Chartered Banker UK is a seasoned non-executive director with experience across a diverse range of business sectors built on senior executive experience in the investment and financial services sector, including Citigroup and Westpac. Victoria is a director of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (ASX BEN), Alcidion (ASX:ALC), a leading healthcare technology provider, a member of the NSW State Library Council and Deputy Chair of the ASIC Markets Disciplinary Panel.

Victoria is the immediate past Chair of the Sydney Local Health District, one of Sydney’s major public health networks and Deputy Chair of SGCH Community Housing. As President of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) Victoria established FINSIA’s gender dividend campaign. Victoria played a key role in the establishment of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) in 2016 and as Chair led the 2018 #ItsTime campaign. Since then AGEC has become a leading advocate for gender equality through the creation of a gender equality manifesto in 2020, its research projects and more recently its Gender Equality 2022 Election Pledge and Scorecard.

Over the last decade Victoria has worked closely with organisations like the WGEA, Women on Boards, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Champions of Change and the AICD campaigning on issues impacting gender equality.

Vy Pham is a collaborator and problem-solver with over 18 years’ experience and a portfolio of work completed in Australia and Asia that demonstrates a growth mindset and skills in delivering business and customer-centric objectives and delivered value in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Vy is an experienced manager with the ability to drive projects and team members to success and proficient in working within agile environments, using relevant practices and principles. She is currently a Senior Strategy Manager (Strategic Projects Portfolio) at Zurich Financial Services Australia.

Vy is deeply passionate about championing gender equality and currently holds a number of volunteer positions for organisations who are effecting change in this space. Vy is a Board Member of UN Women Australia and was appointed to the AGEC Board in June 2020, having worked as a volunteer for AGEC since early 2019. Vy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.