Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

SUMMARY Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. Weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. … [Read More] Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

Revealed: the hidden problem of economic abuse in Australia – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Jozica Kutin, Mike Reid and Roslyn Russell Only recently have government and family violence services had access to data specifically on economic abuse. We analysed ABS data that identifies, for the first time, the extent of economic abuse in Australia. We established that disability, health status and financial stress were significantly associated with … [Read More] Revealed: the hidden problem of economic abuse in Australia – The Conversation

Two in Three People Seeking Homelessness Help are Women – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper The state’s peak body for homelessness, the Council to Homeless Persons, analysed Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Data ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March. CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons Jenny Smith said while the common stereotype of homelessness was “the older male rough … [Read More] Two in Three People Seeking Homelessness Help are Women – Pro Bono Australia

What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Extract If we were to measure the value of unpaid childcare to Australia’s economy in dollar terms, it would be the nation’s biggest – estimated at $345 billion. A new report from PwC, to be released on Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day, asks: Why is it that a mother caring for her children … [Read More] What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Women & Homelessness in Australia – Council to Homeless Persons

Extract This International Women’s Day we’re using hard data to shatter community perceptions about homelessness. Contrary to the stereotype of the older male rough sleeper, the person mostly likely to seek help from a homeless service is a woman aged 25-34 years. Last financial year, 62% of Victorians needing homeless help were female. That’s nearly 2-in-3 … [Read More] Women & Homelessness in Australia – Council to Homeless Persons

International Women’s Day 2017

The World, 8th March 2017 IWD 2017 campaign theme: #BeBoldForChange For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. Every person – women, men and non-binary people – can play a part in … [Read More] International Women’s Day 2017

The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT This paper assesses the contribution that child support makes to Australian lone mothers’ income packages and the proportion lifted out of poverty as a result. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) dataset, we compare the results to a study conducted in the UK. Child support payments were more likely to … [Read More] The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments – The Conversation

Extract from an article by James Arvanitakis, Lauren Stanley and Trina Jorre de St Jorre Our investigation into the financial literacy of young women finds they are confident in implementing budgeting and savings strategies, but lack the knowledge and confidence required to implement long-term financial strategies. This is surprising given that financial literacy usually refers to not only … [Read More] Young women can budget in the short term but struggle with long-term investments – The Conversation

Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Jane Bullen and Natasha Cortis While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners have … [Read More] Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it – The Conversation

A focus on financial resilience out of reach for Muslim women – Women’s Agenda

Extract from an article by Maha Abdo We must include and support Muslim women when talking about financial resilience, says Maha Abdo, the CEO of the Muslim Women’s Association who shares her story below. This interview is published with the help of Good Shepherd Microfinance, in the lead up to the Resilient Women Summit in Sydney, supported by … [Read More] A focus on financial resilience out of reach for Muslim women – Women’s Agenda

We’ve abandoned gender equality and child welfare in the name of cost-cutting – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Cassandra Goldie There are ways to save money that don’t involve leaving the poorest families worse off. Is protecting the vulnerable no longer a priority for governments? Low-income parents will feel the financial squeeze at every stage of childhood if the government pushes through cuts to family payments and paid … [Read More] We’ve abandoned gender equality and child welfare in the name of cost-cutting – The Guardian

Everyday Sexism: Girls’ and young women’s views on gender inequality in Australia – Plan International Australia and Our Watch

The everyday sexism: Girls’ and young women’s views on gender inequality in Australia report, outlines young women’s views on discrimination and sexism at home, at school, and in their private and public lives. A survey of 600 Australian girls aged 16-19 years was commissioned by Our Watch and Plan International Australia and the report released … [Read More] Everyday Sexism: Girls’ and young women’s views on gender inequality in Australia – Plan International Australia and Our Watch

Australia could learn a lot if it actually listened to Indigenous women on domestic violence – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Celeste Liddle For two days last year, a crowd of mainly Aboriginal women from many communities across Central Australia gathered in Alice Springs to discuss the impacts of family and domestic violence on our communities. We also talked about the many initiatives being undertaken to counter this devastating epidemic, of … [Read More] Australia could learn a lot if it actually listened to Indigenous women on domestic violence – Sydney Morning Herald

Why do occupations dominated by women pay less? How ‘female-typical’ work tasks and working-time arrangements affect the gender wage gap among higher education graduates – Work, Employment and Society

ABSTRACT Even though women today constitute the majority of higher education graduates, they still earn considerably less than their male counterparts. Previous research demonstrates that occupational sex segregation is important for understanding the gender wage gap, since occupations dominated by women pay less; yet less is known about why this is the case. This article … [Read More] Why do occupations dominated by women pay less? How ‘female-typical’ work tasks and working-time arrangements affect the gender wage gap among higher education graduates – Work, Employment and Society

Apartment rent in Sydney and Melbourne beyond reach of many women – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist Analysis shows those paying rent alone on the average weekly wage for women would be priced out of all but one inner Melbourne suburb and even outer Sydney Melbourne is becoming increasingly unaffordable for single women, with one bedroom apartments in 75% of suburbs beyond the reach of the … [Read More] Apartment rent in Sydney and Melbourne beyond reach of many women – The Guardian

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