Episode 016 with Judith Van Unen: Access to Justice, Equality & Rights
Judith Van Unen is one of those people I've been blessed to meet that continues to teach me something new with every conversation. Her wealth of knowledge is expansive as today's interview will illustrate.
With a background in business that commenced when she was just 16 years old, Judith has owned a number of businesses across a broad range of industries. We explore this experience and discuss what lead her to start the co-directed not-for-profit organisation, Justice Equality Rights Access International.
We also dig in deep to the issues surrounding gender quality, women's rights and what is happening on the international stage to continue the conversation.
You will be educated and inspired by:
- How Judith has kept herself grounded and positive through life’s challenges
- What Judith learned as a youth about working as a volunteer in the disability sector
- How Judith commenced her entrepreneurial journey
- How experiencing cancer and raising her children enabled her to maintain focus on what was truly important
- What it entails to be a business performance strategist
- Judith explains what Justice Equality Rights Access International is and what lead her to begin a not-for-profit organisation
- Why it was essential that Judith and the JERA team firmly believe that working with men & boys is key to gender equality
- Why Judith previously didn’t believe that there was a gender equality issue in Australia, how her knowledge grew and her opinion changed
- Why youth have an assumption that they won’t face pay inequality and why it’s essential we keep our children engaged in the conversation
- Why women continue to need women’s rights activism and what some of the lesser known differences between men and women are that aren't spoken about
- How to engage everyone in the Care Economy and why it’s essential that men have the same access and a voice in the parenting and childcare experience
- How Judith and the JERA team mitigate the cultural constraints of other countries and why it’s not their right to overlay their Western ideals on their needs.
- Judith provides fantastic advice for those who wish to start their own not-for-profit
- What Judith’s why for her work is and what’s educating and inspiring Judith’s inner mentor at the moment.
Links to Judith and things we discuss:
- Judith Van Unen on LinkedIn, Twitter
- Justice Equality Rights Access International (JERA) website, Facebook, Twitter
- Small Business Mentoring Service - Judith's profile
- UN Women - Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995
- G20 25x25 Committment
- UN Women, Peace and Security Council
- JERA Joining the Dots Project
- The Australian Care Economy: A Gender Perspective - Article
“Gender equality is both men & women, it’s as simple as that. It’s about fairness for everyone regardless of the specific gender or how they recognise their gender.”
Judith Van Unen
Episode Gratitude: Junel Estafia for sound engineering, compilation of the music and final editing of this episode. Your continued support and willingness to learn with me is inspiring, thank you!