Women at the heart of the news

Written by Iris Guo

Before we continue, we were saddened and shocked by the events that unfolded at Bondi Junction over the weekend. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the five extraordinary women and the security officer who lost their lives. We are in awe of NSW Police Inspector, Amy Scott, whose tremendous bravery undoubtedly saved so many.  

Lehrmann loses defamation case 

The Federal Court has found, on the balance of probabilities, Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in 2019. The civil judgement (where the burden of proof is less and does not lead to criminal punishment) stemmed from a defamation trial launched against Network Ten and journalist, Lisa Wilkinson. Justice Michael Lee stated Mr Lehrmann’s case had officially failed and would determine the question of damages and costs at a later stage.  

Women in leadership positions under the spotlight 

We welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s appointment of Samantha Mostyn AO as the nation’s next governor-general. She will be Australia’s second woman to hold the position when she assumes the role on 1 July 2024.   

However, the latest 2024 Board Diversity Index from Watermark Search International and the Governance Institute of Australia has shown representation of women on ASX 300 boards has risen to 36 per cent (up from 35 per cent in 2023), and 13 of the ASX Top 300 boards have no female directors. While the number of board positions held by women has increased by 89 per cent since 2015, other aspects of diversity, such as cultural background, representation of LGBTQ+ and people with disability, have stalled.  

“Australia’s Hottest Women” 

Phenxx has launched a campaign to introduce its new cool bedding products for people experiencing symptoms of menopause in Marble Bar, Western Australia. Also known as ‘the hottest town in Australia’, the location was chosen to reflect the stories of women and their struggles with hot flushes and night sweats.  

The campaign will also feature at this year’s Sydney Film Festival with the goal of breaking the taboo and opening up conversations about menopause. Founder and chief executive, Kait Tregenza, hopes that it will give women more courage to use their voices and share their own stories.  

Phenxx is an IMPACT client.  

MONA loses bid to exclude men from exhibit 

Tasmanian art gallery, MONA, will no longer be able to exclude people who do not identify as women from their ‘Ladies Lounge’ exhibit. The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ruled it discriminatory, and MONA will have 28 days to stop refusing entry.  

We share MONA’s disappointment by the decision. The exhibit was a response to the historical disadvantage experienced by women entering spaces reserved for men and was, therefore, designed as a retreat.  

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