ANSTO aspires to be an effective leader in gender equity globally and has introduced a Gender Equity Committee (part of the ANSTO Diversity and Inclusion program), endorsed by the Board and executive management, to ensure the creation of equal employment opportunities for all staff. ANSTO’s Board is comprised of five female and four male members.
ANSTO is proud to be a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. The 2015 SAGE Pilot includes 32 universities and research organisations from across Australia who are taking action to create gender-inclusive workplaces in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. Learn more at http://www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/
White Ribbon Day, celebrated on 25 November each year, is Australia’s only national male-led violence prevention campaign. In line with our stance against domestic violence and violence against women, ANSTO (which has a Domestic Violence policy) commemorate White Ribbon Day through sales of white ribbons across the Lucas Heights campus. Funds raised from ribbon sales assists White Ribbon Australia to extend its advocacy and prevention programs and initiatives within schools, workplaces and the general community. Learn more at https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/. Furthermore, the organisation has supported non-profit community groups that work in areas surrounding ANSTO campuses in NSW and Victoria, that provide support services to women and families experiencing domestive violence.
Adi Paterson, ANSTO’s CEO, was named as a Male Champion of Change for STEM by the National Innovation & Science Agenda (NISA) in 2016. The heart of The Male Champions of Change strategy involves men of power and influence forming a high profile coalition to achieve change on gender equality issues in organisations and communities. The Male Champions of Change coalition now encompasses eight groups, amounting to around 130 leaders across Australia. Learn more about the Male Champions of Change Journey at http://malechampionsofchange.com/ and in the video below.