The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has launched the inaugural results of standardised gender reporting, covering the period 1 April 2013- 31 March 2014. You can have a look at the data with WGEA's data explorer. The results are contained in the Australia's Gender Equality Scorecardreport.
Some of the key findings from the research:
Women comprise only 26.1% of key management personnel (KMP) positions, and 17.3% of chief executive officers/Australian head of business positions.
One-third (33.5%) of employers have no KMPs who are women, and 31.3% of organisations have no other executives/general managers who are women.
Less than one in 10 organisations have set a target to lift the number of women around the boardroom table despite only 23.7% of directorships being held by women, and just 12% of chairs being women.
Only 13.6% of employers have a strategy for flexible working and only 13.2% of employers have a strategy to support employees with family or caring responsibilities.
Less than one in five employers have a policy about supporting employees experiencing domestic violence.
ANROWS is currently recruiting a Research Manager (temporary maternity leave cover for up to 12 months) to lead the ongoing development and implementation of the ANROWS research and knowledge translation and exchange functions.
Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 3 December, 2014. The information package contains details on key responsibilities, selection criteria, salary and conditions, as well as a contact for further information.
Nominations for the Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communicaties and Organisations (SWECO) Award are open until the 29th of November. If you know a woman who deserves to be recognised for her contribution to sustaining women's empowerment in the community or in an organisation, be sure to nominate her for a SWECO.
More information on the nominations process and categories is available here.
Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations. The UPR provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement. A number of stakehodlers are working to co-ordinate a Joint NGO Report on behalf of a large coalition of NGOs representing the breadth of civil society in Australia. Experience has shown that we get better outcomes when we coordinate report-writing and advocacy with UN mechanisms.
As part of this, a number of consultations are taking place across Australia.
The Office for Women is now calling for applications from individuals and representatives of non-government organisations who are interested in being considered for inclusion as an NGO delegate on the official Australian Government delegation to the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER.
The Australian Human Rights Commission's Rights & Responsibilities survey ends Friday, October 31!
This survey forms part of the Australian Human Rights Commission's national consultation regarding how effectively we protect people’s human rights and freedoms in Australia. The consultation will focus on building understanding and improved protection of our fundamental human rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
An innovative new resource from the Australian Women's Health Network (AWHN) is receiving high praise. Monica Dux, Age Columnist, author and women's issues commentator has said: "Doing Better: Gender-Transformative Public Health Messages is an important and opportune resource. The Australian Women's Health Network has provided a clear and concise guide on how to best integrate gender into public health messages, as well as offering a persuasive argument as to why getting such public health messages right is so crucial, not just in order to be more inclusive, but also so that we might achieve better health outcomes for all."
A new report, Poverty in Australia 2014, from the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) has found that poverty is increasing, with 13.9% of Australians living under the poverty line. Women continue to be over-represented in key poverty indicators. The report also found that the cost of housing is driving high rates of poverty in Sydney and Perth.
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre has also released Falling Through the Cracks. This report has found that singles living in rented accomodation are at the greatest risk of severe financial hardship, with the risk greatly increasing with age.This is particularly concerning given the growing numbers of older, single women who are retiring without home ownership and with limited superannuation. You can read more about ERA's work in this area here.