For this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are celebrating the achievements of women across the HECA member HEIs. With the theme of "embrace equity," it is important to recognise the role of private higher education institutions in advancing gender equality. Equity means ensuring fair and equal opportunities, resources, and outcomes for all individuals, regardless of gender or other characteristics.
Higher education institutions have a critical role to play in promoting equity and breaking down barriers to gender equality both in academia and beyond. Our members take pride in promoting equity and advancing gender equality, celebrating the growing representation of women in leadership positions across a range of roles in higher education. Our member higher education institutions prioritise equity through a range of initiatives, including ensuring gender pay equality, offering diversity and inclusion training, and family-friendly flexible working options such as working from home/hybrid, term time leave, and right-to-switch-off policies. In addition, our institutions prioritise recruitment, selection, and performance appraisal practices that promote gender diversity. By prioritising these initiatives, our institutions are committed to embracing equity and creating a more inclusive and diverse community.
HECA showcases female leaders, role models and influencers on International Women's Day 2023.