Women in the house
Teenage girls redesign democracy at NSW girledworld Future of Work Summit

In the age of #Trump and a world that sees increasing polarisation and schoolyard squabble politics designed to divide rather than unite, more voices and organisations are rising up on and offline in support of more inclusive, diverse and representative political systems to address the most complex issues of our times.

We’ve decided to take matters into the hands of 100’s of teenage high school girls joining us at the girledworld NSW World of Work Summit in partnership with the University of Sydney next month!

Students have been set an all-day #DesignThinking challenge - How do we redesign Democracy for the Real World? - and will work in teams to design solutions and present to a panel of judges from SheEoTelstra, Sydney startup accelerator muru-dFishburners - Australia's largest co-working community for #technology #startups at Jobs For NSWSydney Startup Hub and White Light Education.

Students from across NSW will be immersed in the politics and gender debate, global and historical trends and deficits in democratic models, and the current systemic barriers and biases preventing women and girls from entering and participating in politics.

The recent announcement by Minister #KellyO’Dwyer - one of the most senior women in the Liberal Government - that she won’t recontest the next election, #JulieBishop’s Cabinet resignation and the continuing lack of diverse representation in Australian politics will provide plenty of fresh material for students to work with. 

girledworld is pumped to partner with Women For Election Australia (WFEA), a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation encouraging and supporting more women to succeed in Australian politics, for this girledworld WOW Challenge, and feature keynote speakers including #Wentworth by-election candidate Licia Heath, recently appointed CEO of WFEA, and Sonia Palmieri - UN Women policy specialist, PhD in Gender and Parliament, author, global parliamentary advisor and Adjunct Associate Professor with the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.

Other #girledworldsummit 2019 #DesignThinking Challenge partners include Microsoft Australia (Closing the STEMder Gap presented by Rita Arrigo - Microsoft Chief Digital Advisor) and Virgin Australia (Air Time: Upping Diversity in the Aviation Industrypresented by Libby Armstrong - Virgin Australia Public Affairs Manager).

"The world will never realise 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realise their full potential. When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all." - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon