Knowledge hub roundup: April 2024

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The Pathways to Politics Knowledge Hub is our online library where you can find practical tools, information and inspiration to help you run for public office.

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Pathways to politics for First Nations women

A special information video for First Nations women. Learn how and why to apply for the Pathways to Politics program, and hear firsthand insights from program alums Donisha Duff OAM (Queensland Indigenous Business Network) and Sue-Anne Hunter (Deputy Chair Yoorrook Justice Commission). Co-presented with Politics in Colour.

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LGBTQI+ political panel: breaking barriers and building allies

Representation of LGBTQI+ people in our parliaments is slowly increasing, but it doesn’t yet reflect the rich diversity of the community itself. This Pathways to Politics discussion brought together Minister the Hon Harriet Shing, Pride Centre Director Dr Judy Tang & Candidate for Kew Lucy Skelton to share their reflections and suggestions for ways to contribute to positive cultural change.

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Opportunities for women in politics: Insights from Carmen Lawrence AO, Senator Linda Reynolds & Kate Chaney MP

Video recording: Keynote speakers Professor Carmen Lawrence AO, Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Kate Chaney MP and Carol Schwartz AO offer profound insights and perspectives on the myriad challenges and opportunities for women politics.

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What’s the secret to attracting more women into politics? Give them more resources

New research shows Australians are supportive of giving women politicians a range of resources such as better compensation, childcare and housekeeping funds, and more flexibility with online meetings, to help keep them in office.

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Understanding public support for policies aimed at gender parity in politics: A cross-national experimental study

Focusing on Australia, Canada and the United States, this study examines public opinion on non-quota mechanisms to bolster women’s political participation.

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Political power in Australia is still overwhelmingly male. But beneath the despair, there’s reason for hope

The obstacles in women’s way are affecting the political aspirations of the next generation of female leaders. But there’s a glimmer of hope – mostly found online.

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Podcast: A Political Hope

A podcast exploring how we get the courageous, trusted and ethical leaders we need for the 21st century – from the Apolitical Foundation.

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International research: Gender norms and women’s exclusion from local governance

Seven new international research reports exploring how gender norms shape women’s engagement with, influence over, and experiences in local governance institutions and decision-making processes and how they can be transformed.

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eSafety resources for women

Women are more likely than men to be the target of online gendered abuse. Some women, such as politicians and political candidates, face tech-based abuse because they have an active online presence ‘in the spotlight’ as part of their working life. Here are some resources for women from Australia’s independent regulator for online safety.

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Women presidential candidates like Nikki Haley are more likely to change their positions to reach voters − but this doesn’t necessarily pay off

US researchers show that women presidential candidates, more than the men they run against, often speak differently to different audiences in pursuit of moderation and common ground, and tend to shift their strategies and messages in response to criticism. And they often pay a price for it.

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