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Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Genuinely celebrating women - with Tal Karp, YMCA Australia Director

Cover photo: Tal Karp at the VicHealth behavioural insights forum in February 2019. 
Photo by Joseph Feil of Blue True Studios. (Right): Tal on the field with the Matildas. 

YMCA Australia Director Tal Karp, an Olympian, former Matilda, lawyer, co-founder and Director of Sixfold Consulting Group and Ambassador for the Victorian Government’s Change our Game Campaign had some great insights to share with us when we interviewed her.

"What I’d like to see is a future where women playing sport are not just a point to be proven. We are not unusual.  We are just being ourselves. And no one raises an eyebrow when we are tough, or courageous, or assertive on and off the sporting field. Because as a community we genuinely celebrate women for being bold and strong. Just like our brothers. And actually, just like our mums." - Tal Karp.

Change our Game

As an Ambassador for the Change our Game initiative, Tal is directly involved in efforts to change the narrative for women in sport, by creating pathways for women in sport, boosting female participation and shifting stereotypes.

“I’m proud to be an ambassador of the Change our Game campaign. Sport is such a platform for change. It’s uniquely placed. It has such a hold on us and captures our attention like few other areas. When we push to change the state of play for women and girls on the sporting field, we don’t just create change for women in sport – we create change for girls in our playgrounds, for women at work, and for mums and for parents at home. We change the narrative about women can do and what we are expected to do. We change the way the world sees us and the way we see ourselves,” Tal said.

“It’s not enough to say, ‘look how far we’ve come’. We have a long way to go”, she said.

Gender Equality and Behavioural insights

Tal is also involved in driving gender equality through her work with her business, Sixfold Consulting Group.

“When it comes to gender equality, despite the research, the conferences and the best of intentions, an inertia remains… A vast gap between intention and action” Tal said.

“How do we bridge this gap? How do we more easily move from intention to action? And how do we use behavioural insights to do so?” This was the subject of Sixfold’s recent work, in partnership with VicHealth, on the VicHealth Leading Thinkers Deliberative Forum.

The forum, held on 12 and 13 February, brought together leading academics, business and government leaders, behavioural insights experts, policy makers, human resources practitioners and diversity and inclusion specialists from across Australia. The aim of the forum was to gather the collective intelligence of participants in developing a shared approach to the key question: ‘Behavioural Insights and Gender Equality: How can we make it easier to move from intention to action’.

By working together differently and sharing their experience and knowledge of ‘what works’, participants developed a set of key insights for the continuing effort towards achieving gender equality.

The VicHealth behavioural insights gender equality report, a joint collaboration between Professor Iris Bohnet and Dr Jeni Klugman is available hereand the Participant Report from the recent forum will also be available on VicHealth website soon.