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Virginia
Haussegger

Gender equality advocate & Founding Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation

Profile

Virginia Haussegger AM is an award-winning journalist, commentator and communication specialist. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis (IGPA), University of Canberra, and an ANZSOG Fellow.

Virginia’s extensive media career spans 30 years, in which she has reported around the globe for primetime current affair programs on Channel 7, the 9 Network, and ABC TV. She anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra from 2001-2016.

Current Work:

Widely recognised as a leading communication and media strategist, Virginia regularly hosts a broad range of national and international public forums, conferences and panel discussions, covering diverse fields of knowledge spanning academic, public and private sectors.

In high demand as a keynote speaker, Virginia’s expertise covers cutting edge research on women in leadership; gender equality; feminism in practice and feminist failures; women’s rights; Women, Peace and Security - the UN global agenda.

Virginia is the founding Director and former Chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, which she established at the University of Canberra in 2017; and former Chief Editor of BroadAgenda, a news platform she created to bridge academic research into mainstream media.

Virginia currently hosts BroadTalk, a popular podcast about Women, Power & the wayward World.

In 2014, Virginia was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for "significant service to the community, particularly as an advocate for women's rights and gender equity, and to the media”.

She is the 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.

Virginia is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. She has served on a number of boards and committees including: UN Women Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust; Our Watch, Media Advisory Committee; Women in Media, Canberra; and served six years as a Board Director on the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation.

Expertise
Talking Points

Women and Leadership

Women, Power and a Pussy Pout! Female Empowerment in the 21st Century

The Representation of Women in the Media

The 'Feminisation' of Politics in Australia

Feminism, Fertility and Childlessness

Work/Life Balance

Women, War and Conflict

Gender and Social Justice in Afghanistan

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