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The Invisible Woman project shows how women over 50 are marginalised – and what we can do about it


The Invisible Women Panel 2022

Women aged over 50 are more likely than other people to find themselves ignored, overlooked and undervalued – but a new research and awareness project is looking to change this.

The Invisible Woman project has been awarded a $5,000 funding grant from DHS’ Office for Women to extend its work into South Australia, in collaboration with the City of Adelaide and the University of Adelaide.

As part of the project, Office for Women Director Dr Sanjugta Vas Dev joined other leading South Australian women for a panel discussion on the ways that women over 50 are excluded from fully participating in society and what invisibility looks like for women in South Australia.

Barriers to participation in the labour force mean that women over 50 tend to work less, get paid less and have less superannuation.

This puts them at greater risk of poverty, domestic violence and serious mental and physical health issues.

Through an insightful interview series filmed on site in South Australia, the Invisible Woman project is elevating the voices of women over 50 and highlighting how gender and age-based discrimination is a real and devastating phenomenon.

The Invisible Woman’s ‘Stay Visible’ media campaign will be shared across an array of digital platforms including video, podcast and social media.

Watch the panel discussion featuring:

  • Dr Sanjugta Vas Dev, Office for Women
  • Professor Emirata Chris Beasley
  • Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor
  • Jane Mussared, COTA SA
  • Dr Pam Papadelos, University of Adelaide

Learn more about the Invisible Woman project at

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