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


Virginia Haussegger AM is a gender diversity advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

Current work

She runs a series of Masterclasses in Strategic Communication; News Media Knowledge; and Presentation Skills at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), University of Canberra, where she is an Adjunct Professor. Virginia has worked extensively across Commonwealth Government departments on both communication and gender diversity programs.

Virginia is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. She has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, and the Australia Forum Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation; Our Watch, Media Advisory Committee; Women in Media Canberra; and is a Walkly judge for the Women in Media Leadership award.

Previous experience

Reporter: Virginia has reported from around the globe for leading current affair programs on Channel 9, the Seven Network and the ABC. For 15 years (2001-2016) she anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra. She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Director: In 2016 Virginia was appointed Director of a bold, new, national gender equality initiative, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra. In 2017 she launched an innovative gender equality news media platform, BroadAgenda, and currently serves as Chief Editor.

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

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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