Divorce and separation are 'critical life events' that often have substantial financial impacts on those ending their relationships. There is increasing recognition that such disruption often results in tenure change (moving from ownership/purchase to rental) for one or both former partners, with some people remaining in rental thereafter. Even where a former partner remains in the ‘family’ home, or when housing is purchased with a new partner, financial recovery can sometimes be difficult or slow. This in turn impacts on the wealth and security required for retirement, with an increasing number of households renting in retirement or continuing to pay mortgages.
However, little is understood about the housing and related decisions faced after property settlement and how this relates to financial recovery/non-recovery in the medium to longer term. Amongst other things we are interested in the role of gender on the outcomes. The significance of this issue is increasing, not only because the private rental system is encompassing a growing proportion of older persons, but also because of an increased risk of homelessness in old age.
The genders have a very different experience of later life.
People's life experiences are also strongly influenced by such factors as culture, language and location. These and other aspects of human diversity affect the experience and meaning of gender in older age too.
In 2015 COTA Australia will again bring together a group of outstanding individuals to explore what is needed to ensure that the genders have the same opportunities and are equally well prepared for later life.
A new research report from Andrea Sharam sheds light on the experiences of single, older women facing housing and vulnerability to homelessness in their old age. One of the most surprising aspects of this trend is the propensity for these women to be tertiary educated. Focus groups reveal education as a significant means by which these women improved their economic positions, although most had entered female dominated, hence poorer paying industries. However, in most cases their gains came too late in their lives and/or have been undermined by labour market flexibility that has resulted in precarious employment with retrenchments, casualisation, and reductions in hours of work a common experience.
The Equilibrium Challenge aims to provide a communications forum for people interest in flexible work practices and workplace gender equality as well as the technology, tools and tactics that enable people to achieve greater equilibrium in their lives.
For more information please consult the Equilibrium Man Challenge Official Supporter pack (attached).
Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia biennial Conference - Multiculturalism in Action: Building a better future for all Australians .
This will be held in Sydney, NSW, on 5-6 November 2015. This year's conference is organised jointly by the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC NSW).
The conference will draw together leading decision makers, thinkers and practitioners to discuss and debate key issues that relate to Australia's multiculturalism. These will be explored through a series of plenary addresses, panel discussions and presentations. We invite everyone with interest in multicultural affairs to contribute to the debate that will undoubtedly lead to new collaborations and opportunities.
Join National Council for Single Mothers and their Children at the premiere of their documentary ' Stories of Single Mothers.'
10 Mothers candidly speak about the reality of Newstart. They share their struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. They highlight the punishing effects of the allowable earning which slashed their wage. It gives voice to the impacts on their children. Newstart does not help mums & children impacted by family and dometic violence Newstart is not a new start for families.
ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group is launching their survey, Let's Talk: Young Women's Views on Sex Education, on Thursday the 28th of May.
The launch coincides with the International Day of Action on Women's Health. The survey will be launched at the Canberra Museum and Gallery with a panel of four young women discussing sexuality and respectful relationships education. You can find an invitation to the event here.
What does Budget 2015 mean for women? We've had a look at the housing, violence against women, income support, families package and foreign aid budget measures. You can find our snapshots of these Budget areas as they relate to women below.