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UC offers Pathways to Politics program for future female political leaders

Emma Larouche

15 December 2022: A program to prepare and support women who want to pursue a career in politics will be delivered at the University of Canberra from 2023.

It is a non-partisan initiative that aims to lift gender equality and diversity in Australian politics.

“The University of Canberra has repeatedly been recognised as the world leading university in reducing inequalities. So for UC, it is a natural fit to partner with a program with demonstrated success in advancing the progression of female political participation in the ACT and Australian parliaments,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon.

The curriculum is made up of 10 modules, delivered both face-to-face and online, ensuring participants are engaged in a practical experience across a wide range of topics, including political vision, campaign planning, media training, speechwriting, and leadership skills.

Ms Amy Kilpatrick, Director, of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation in the University’s Faculty of Business Government and Law, has been instrumental in securing the program at the University.

“We’re excited that the University of Canberra will be bringing this program to the ACT, which will contribute towards empowering and equiping women with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in public office, and in driving positive change in the political landscape,” Ms Kilpatrick said.

The program was initiated by the Trewalla Foundation, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, and University of Melbourne in 2016.

It is expanding its reach through partnerships with universities across Australia, including the University of Canberra and University of Adelaide in 2023.

The Pathway to Politics Program for Women is open to female-identifying and non-binary residents of the ACT and New South Wales and will run from mid-July to mid-September 2023.

Those interested in applying for the program can fill out an Expression of Interest form, to be notified when applications open in early 2023.

Find out more about the application process here.