Today, the Australian Human Rights Commission says goodbye to our esteemed colleague, Elizabeth Broderick, as she steps down as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Elizabeth has devoted the past 8 years to gender equality. She has worked tirelessly with women and men to create lasting change and accelerate reform in areas including women in leadership, equal pay, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment, domestic violence and cultural reform in the Australian Defence Force.
From remote communities to company boardrooms, from the Pentagon, NATO and the UN to the valleys of Afghanistan, Elizabeth has been inspired by women and men who share the common goal of lasting change.
Elizabeth often quoted a woman who said in the United Nations; “She did what she could, when she could, that’s how she changed the world.”
Liz, your colleagues and friends here at the Commission have been changed by you. Australia is forever changed by you. Your courage to disrupt the status quo, your ability to unite those who are deeply divided, the hands you held as women shared their triumphs and tragedies.
We will miss you; your professionalism, your passion, your friendship, your humour, your integrity and your warmth.
All the best for the bright future that awaits you.