Is it controversial to have four men in uniform and one woman speaking on gender justice in Emergency Service Organisations? Why have a focus on Victoria for this session?
Sparking controversy is what makes a conference vital. This session aims to present the views of key Emergency Services Organisations in the words of their leaders. This was achieved as the panel included the CEO of Ambulance Victoria Assoc. Professor Tony Walker ASM, Assistant Police Commissioner Brett Curran, and Deputy Chief Officer Trevor Owen, SE Region CFA. While Emergency Services are so male-dominated in front-line and leadership roles, there is no choice but to have men speaking on a panel such as this. Visually, the story of gender at top levels in Emergency Management says it all. This is the reality of Emergency Services in Victoria - so far!
Victoria was the focus for this session as Victoria's new Gender Equality Act leads the country in its vision. Dr Niki Vincent is the first Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector. Her presence on the panel clarified the requirements of public sector organisations and she offered a deep understanding of gender and patriarchy.
This panel discussion is unique in its focus on gender and current initiatives from key emergency organisations. It was heartening to hear words of deep commitment to gender equity strategies from the three leaders, and from the Victorian Government through Dr Vincent's role.
Comments in the Chat function, and in the Q&A extended the discussion. The recorded session is available for two weeks for registered delegates. Contact Lee-Anne Wilson, the conference organiser for your own link.
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