Virginia Haussegger is Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA). She is also 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.
Virginia is a passionate women’s advocate and an award-winning television journalist and communication specialist, whose extensive media career spans 30 years. Virginia has reported from around the globe for leading current affair programs on Channel 7, the 9 Network, and ABC TV.
For 15 years Virginia anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra, and is widely published across print media. She is a former columnist with the Canberra Times and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age. Her book, ‘Wonder Woman: the myth of ‘having it all’ was launched in a live broadcast at the National Press Club by former Prime Minister Julia
In 2014 Virginia was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, and to the media. Virginia is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. She has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia; the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, and the Australia Forum Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Board of the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation; Our Watch, Media Advisory Committee; and the 50/50 Foundation Advisory Council.