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Supporting gender equality in Victorian government entities

Diversity Partners has been selected to the Panel of Providers to support Victorian government entities to help conduct gender impact assessments as part of the new Gender Equality Act 2020.

We’re currently supporting a range of organisations to conduct gender equality audits, and develop gender equality action plans and gender impact assessments.

Conducting a gender impact assessment is ground-breaking work for organisations to assess every policy and process that impacts customers with a gender-lens.

We’ve assembled a diverse team of specialists to help us apply an intersectional lens to each engagement and feature an interview with one of our new team members below.

Dr Vijaya Joshi has joined the Diversity Partners team
Dr Vijaya Joshi has joined the Diversity Partners team

Dr Vijaya Joshi has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of program management, research and evaluation. She’s worked with diverse groups including family violence practitioners, Aboriginal community-based researchers, local and state governments and NGOs. She undertook the first gender-based violence prevalence study in Timor-Leste and has continued to build on her expertise in this area.

More recently, Dr Joshi produced the evaluation plan for the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018 -2028. She has also undertaken evaluations for the Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency’s Family Violence Therapeutic programs, and developed a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance. Dr Joshi currently works part time at Our Watch implementing gender equality and violence prevention initiatives in workplaces.

Tell us about your work with Diversity Partners

I’m currently working with Grazia Pecoraro on a diversity, equity and inclusion audit for an international humanitarian organisation, where we’re conducting diversity discovery conversations with employees in countries such as East Timor and Cambodia.

I’m also assisting on the gender equality impact assessments for Victorian government entities.

What draws you to D&I work?

Fairness, equity, and representation; I strongly believe ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. At a personal level, I grew up in an Australia where public and private jobs of privilege and power were held by white men, and then later, sometimes by white women. This did not reflect the expertise across broader Australia or even in those organisations. This has changed significantly over the last 20 years, but there is still work to do. I feel privileged to be able to contribute to that change process.

Can you share a career highlight so far?

I don’t have just one! I love working with people to learn and shape how equity looks and feels; there is no ‘one size fits all’. Some highlights include working with language to shape gender equity principles in CALD communities, and working with Aboriginal communities to shape health access and equity.

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