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  1. 5 April 2016

    10:00am - 11:30am

    Breaking Barriers

    Join the Australian National Committee for UN Women and Avanade for the Breaking Barriers Webinar on Tuesday 5th April 2016!

    The Australian National Committee for UN Women and Avanade have partnered to create the Breaking Barriers Webinar, which aims to encourage young women, in late high school or university, to pursue careers in STEM fields.

    This webinar will be presented by the Australian National Committee’s Executive Director, Julie McKay who will explore the issue of the vast under-representation of women in STEM and highlight the many benefits that would result if this problem was addressed. A Q & A session with female Avanade Employees will also explore reasons for female students to pursue a pathway in these fields and the exciting opportunities that have been available to them throughout their own careers.


    How to take part in the Breaking Barriers Webinar:

    1. Register you details below
    2. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with a link to the Webinar
    3. Allow 5-10 minutes before the webinar to launch the Skype web app in your browser (click here for some handy tips about the Skype web app)

    More information:

    Did you know?

    • In 2011, the percentage of qualified women employed in STEM fields in Australia was only 28%
    • In 2013, women made up just 3.7% of engineering university graduates,8% of computer sciences graduates, and 0.3% of mathematics graduates.
    • In 2013, around 76% of year 12 girls in Australia studied a mathematics subject but only 6.6% of all female year 12 students studied an advanced level mathematics subject.


    Webinar MScreen Shot 2015-11-26 at 5.00.24 PModerator: Julie McKay

    Julie McKay has held the role of Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women for the past 8 years. Julie holds many advisory roles on gender issues, and is currently a civil society representative on the Australian Government Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women as well as the inaugural Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force. Julie has worked with a broad range of organisations to strengthen their gender and diversity outcomes, which has developed her comprehensive understanding of barriers that women face when selecting their career pathways.


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