Covid has had a significant impact on the economy and also on economic equality. This International Women's Day we aim to take action to #BreakTheBias and build back a fairer and more equitable economy in Australia.

The World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report 2021 states that the Covid pandemic has raised new barriers to building inclusive and prosperous economies and societies. Pre-existing gender gaps have amplified the crisis asymmetrically between men and women, even as women have been at the frontlines of managing the crisis as essential workers. The hardest hit sectors by lockdowns and rapid digitisation are those where women are more frequently employed. Combined with the additional pressures of providing care in the home, the crisis has halted progress toward gender parity in several economies and industries.

Gender-sensitive recovery strategies will be critical in making up ground lost during 2020 to prevent long-term scarring in the labour market. Leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to build more resilient and gender-equal economies by investing in inclusive workplaces, creating more equitable care systems, advancing women’s rise to leadership positions, applying a gender lens to reskilling and redeployment and embedding gender parity into the future of work.

Rare Birds has invited a group of expert panellists to share their insights and ideas for building an Australian economy that works to benefit everyone equally.

Speakers include:
- The Hon. Bronwyn Taylor, MLC, Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women
- Professor Marian Baird, Professor of Gender and Employment Relations and Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney
- Lisa Annese, CEO of Diversity Council Australia

With thanks to our venue sponsor ACS Australian Computer Society and event sponsor Barry.Nilsson.Lawyers
Supported by NSW Government.
Tue, Mar 8, 2022 · 8:30 AM Sydney (GMT +11:00)
Jo Burston
Founder and CEO Inspiring Rare Birds
Jo Burston is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs. She has launched six businesses, the standout being Job Capital which went from $0 to $40-million turnover in five years and has kept her on the list of Australia’s top 30 female entrepreneurs since 2013.

Jo has worked in partnership with the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and Office For Women (OFW) as well as global brands such as Microsoft, Google, EY , PwC and XERO.

Jo has published three books on entrepreneurship which are used to teach a program she co-designed with the late Richard Seymour, Program Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Sydney University, that allows students to ‘learn in action’ by seeing, thinking and doing like a founder and creating a business. Jo is passionate about the idea that you can’t be what you can’t see and uses these programs, as well as her globally recognised social impact business Inspiring Rare Birds, to inspire, support and educate women in business with the goal of providing equal opportunities in entrepreneurship and leadership for everyone.