International Women’s Day is an opportunity to refresh our commitment to gender equity, not only in what we say, but in what we do. The National Security College wants to encourage and join with members of the national security community to make change where it’s needed – a community that thinks, acts and works in a gender-inclusive manner.
The NSC’s current efforts are illustrated in an important statement of aims from one of our emerging leaders, outcomes from the Women and National Security Conference 2017, comments from our executive development program and the support of thought leaders like Professor Valerie Hudson. I especially encourage you to meet some our female staff – Dr Jennifer Hunt, Sandra Bourke and Dr Sue Thompson – three of the Inspiring Women of the College of Asia and the Pacific.
Our partners in the ANU are also committed to driving change. In the podcast, Crawford School academics chat with Dr Jeni Klugman, a lead author of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index, and discuss what insights this new global ranking can provide to policymakers in building a more just, inclusive and secure world for women.
However, we acknowledge that we need to sustain and improve on our current efforts. If you have ideas for how our College can improve our diversity and inclusion, come and speak to us. Change starts with us.
Acting Head, NSC
Director, Executive and Professional Development