I am Generation Equality - Realizing women’s rights
Recognised as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.
The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been painfully slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality.
Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture.
The culture in Australian business and politics is a silent barrier to women striving to achieve the next level of success in their career.
Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Furthermore, there is a significant threat of rollback of hard-won feminist gains.
The work of ‘caring’ for children, sick family and ageing parents generally falls to women. It’s a role that must be recognised and paid for by the community. Carers save communities a huge amount of money.
The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilise global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.
I am a proud and grateful member of BPW Melbourne, In the 1920s Australian women were quick to recognize the value and potential of the BPW movement which had been established in the United States in 1919 by our Founder Dr Lena Madesin Phillips. The first club was established in Melbourne in 1925. We have a little history!
This week, our speaker Roslyn Russell, Professor of Research at RMIT spoke to us about the latest piece of research her team has done on the financial well-being for women.
The good: 60% of first home buyers are women 75% of retail transactions are made by women 31% of women earn more than their partners
The bad:gender pay gap is 13.9%20% of women are in an unpaid caring role for ill or disabled family member 18% of women are ill due to fair or poor health 60% of women worry about not having enough super, 29% of them have no superwomen aged 50-59 are the most negatively affected by divorce 82% of sole parents are women
The Ugly:financial abuse is a significant and real threat to financial independence 16% of women have no control of family income 23% of women have a secret bank account
This research was eye opening to me. From my own research I am currently conducting women are frustrated by unconscious and subtle bias in organisations, cultures that undermine women, female leadership styles not valued, short term profit focus, men giving lip service to promoting women in the workplace, being judged on how she looks, speaks etc.
We have members who regularly represent BPW International at United Nations meetings, and many Australian members have attended the Commission on the Status of Women held annually in February at the United Nations in New York. Interested to join? check it out for yourself here.
We have a right to equality. It’s not a big ask. It’s time to challenge the embedded cultures in this country. We ALL have a role to play. I believe in Generation Equality. I want a better workplace for my daughter. I want that for your girls too. I have a dream that our politicians and people in those in leadership roles will remember they have daughters, nieces and grand daughters. What kind of culture do they want their girls to exist in? I wonder…..
I’m curious about your view on Generation Equality.