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Commitment to better supporting and championing gender equity

Institute News
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 9:56pm

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has enrolled in a Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program to better support and champion gender equity in the workplace. 

SAGE aims to improve gender equity in the Australian higher education and research sector, which particularly experiences a high loss rate of women wanting to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.  

The program applies the Athena Swan Charter, which is based on 10 key principles such as addressing unequal gender representation, committing to tackling the gender pay gap and removing the obstacles faced by women. 

MCRI strives to not just be leaders in ground-breaking, world-class research, but also by setting the standard for an inclusive and dynamic workplace culture.  

MCRI will undergo an evaluation to receive SAGE accreditation, which will involve:  

  • Forming a MCRI self-assessment team of volunteers from a range of backgrounds and roles  
  • Collecting quantitative and qualitative data to understand any gaps and barriers to gender equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing and implementing a plan in accordance with SAGE guidelines  
  • Collating the outcomes of the self-assessment and submitting for SAGE accreditation. MCRI will be given a Bronze Award if successful.