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17-28 April, 2017

Welcome to our news, research & resources round-up, where consultant Hannah E. Lawson shares the latest collection of news relevant to gender, diversity & inclusion in Australia and the World.

Australia urged to put women and girls at centre of foreign policy – Canberra Times

International aid organisations have told the Turnbull government to place women and girls at the centre of Australia’s new foreign policy initiative. Concentrating on educating girls aged 10 to 19 would also give families living in neighbouring countries the greatest chance of moving out of poverty, they say. “Greater gender equality delivers stronger economic growth and security. It is strongly correlated with greater peace and stability,” Care Australia chief executive Sally Moyle said in the organisation’s submission to the white paper process. “It is beyond doubt that supporting gender equality internationally, and particularly in our Indo-Pacific region, is in Australia’s interest.” Read More

Age discrimination in the workplace happening to people as young as 45: study – The Conversation

Almost a third of Australians perceived some form of age-related discrimination while employed or looking for work in the last 12 months – starting as early as 45 years of age, our study finds. A national survey was conducted of 2,100 men and women aged 45 years and over, and 100 telephone interviews. The most common form of perceived discrimination was negative assumptions about older workers’ skills, learning abilities or cognition. Survey participants also reported limited or no opportunities for promotion or training, working in an organisation that undervalued them and difficulty securing work due to age. Findings align with previous research from the Australian Human Rights Commission where 27% of Australians aged 50 years and over had recent experience of age-based discrimination in the workplace. In this survey the most common forms were limited employment, promotion or training opportunities and perceptions that older people have outdated skills or are too slow to learn new things. Read More

The gender income gap in more than 1000 occupations, in one chart – Sydney Morning Herald

Women earn more than men in only one high-paying job in Australia – and by less than half a per cent, according to a Fairfax Media analysis of the latest tax office figures. The median taxable income for female judges in 2014-15 was $372,985, compared with $371,470 for male judges – a gap favouring women by 0.4 per cent. Median taxable income means half of workers earn more than this amount after deductions, and half earn less. The gap favours men in every other top-earning occupation included in the analysis, by between 3.4 per cent for magistrates and 75.6 per cent for pathologists. The analysis defines top-earning jobs as a median taxable income above $180,000 – the threshold for the top tax bracket – and excludes occupations with fewer than 20 female workers, 20 male workers or fewer than 100 workers overall. Read More 

“We need to back ourselves”: Michelle Deshong on the rise of Aboriginal women leaders – Women’s Agenda 

World renowned academic, gender equality advocate, leader, mother, and Kuku Yulanji woman, Michelle Deshong is not someone to shy away from a challenge. A key theme of Deshong’s work is the role of Aboriginal women in public and political life, and unpacking preconceived notions of the capacity and capability of Aboriginal women in leadership. She believes that to see more Aboriginal women in leadership roles, changes need to occur at both the individual and systemic level. “We’ve got to change the language, we’ve got to change behaviours, we’ve got to change structural and systemic policy issues that affect women in a negative way. “From an Indigenous woman’s point of view, one of the things we have to do is back ourselves. We need to silence the voices in our heads that say we’re lesser, or that we can’t hold our own in some spaces. We need to be Aboriginal women in places people don’t expect us to be. We’ve got to break down some of those stereotypes or perceptions of limitation, and show people our capacity, and our brilliance, and our strength.” Read More 

Women Dominate College Majors That Lead to Lower-Paying Work – Harvard Business Review

The pay gap between men and women in the U.S. — the 80-ish cents on the dollar that the average woman earns for every dollar the average man does — has narrowed at such a slow pace that it would be unfair to glaciers to call it glacial. When people talk about the pay gap, what this phrase typically means is that a woman is being paid less than a man for doing the same work. A well-known example is Lilly Ledbetter, who had worked in a tire factory for almost 20 years when a colleague left her an anonymous note revealing she’d been earning thousands of dollars less than men in the same position. But these kinds of pay gaps — same role, same experience, same firm — account for only a portion of the 20% pay gap between men and women, a gap that’s much worse for women of colour. Large chunks of the gap can be accounted for by differences like industry and role. And at the root of these differences, according to a new research report by Glassdoor, could be college majors. Read More

Why are Indigenous people such avid users of social media? – The Guardian 

Indigenous people use social media at a rate higher than non-Indigenous people, and this is the case right across the country. Research on social media, funded by the Australian Research Council, reveals that for most Indigenous people, social media is an everyday activity. Many participants in the study reported they would be “devastated” if social media was no longer available. One participant claimed he’d feel “disoriented” without it, while another described the prospect as a definite “sense of loss.” Sharing of Indigenous culture is a regular activity on social media, including private groups where traditional language is being revitalised. For some, social media provides a way to learn and express their Indigenous identity in a safe space, away from any possible conflict. Read More