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Australia assisting Bangladeshi women with dress making, hand embroidery training

“Australia has recently extended support to Access toward Livelihood and Welfare Organisation (ALWO) for its existing project on dress-making and hand-embroidery training to destitute women.”

ADF must to more for women: Fitzgibbon

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is curbing talent by sending a subliminal message to women that they cannot rise to the top ranks, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says…Mr Fitzgibbon said only 13 per cent of full-time ADF personnel were women and their numbers had been stagnant for a decade.

“I say we’re restricting our talent pool here by sending out a subliminal message to women that while they can become the CEO of a major bank, they can never become a CEO of the ADF,” said on ABC television.”

Sydney Morning Herald

Bar urged to shoulder cost of more women

“ATTORNEY-GENERAL Rob Hulls yesterday issued another challenge to Victoria’s barristers, saying they should contribute more money to help women join the bar.

He also accused the legal profession of holding outdated views that were hampering the promotion of female lawyers.”

The Age

Maternity scheme could cripple retailers

“An¬†industry-funded maternity leave scheme would cripple small and medium retailers, the Productivity Commission heard yesterday.

The Australian Retailers Association said its members should not have to pay parental leave or be burdened by administrative costs of any compulsory scheme.”

Melbourne Herald Sun

Minimal maternity leave no incentive

“The introduction of a minimalist form of paid maternity leave is unlikely to boost the numbers of women returning to work after having children, the top family research body has found.”

Sydney Morning Herald

Colleague accuses Australia PM of sexism

ulia Irwin, a lawmaker in Rudd’s Labor Party for a decade, pointed out that former party leader Mark Latham had not been required to seek counseling when he broke a Sydney taxi driver’s arm during a beer-fueled argument over a fare.

“We seem to allow some of our male politicians to be aggressive and pushy, but women are expected to be meek and mild,”

Improving girls’ access to education focus of UN Asia-Pacific meeting

United Nations officials, government leaders and education experts are gathering in Kathmandu, Nepal, today for the start of a two-day conference examining how to improve gender equality in schools across the Asia-Pacific region.

UN News Centre


Gender wage gap under review

THE Federal Government is considering creating a new body to tackle the long-standing gender pay gap which results in women earning less than men doing comparable jobs

Sydney Morning Herald

Norway’s big stick for getting women on boards

“In December 2003 the Norwegian Parliament amended the Public Limited Companies Act to give public limited companies five years to either ensure that women held 40 per cent of the seats of each listed company listed or risk closure. The requirement came into effect on January 1 this year, and the Government is considering extending the law to cover family-owned companies as well.”

ABC News

Obviously not an Australian story but one that I thought was really interesting. Nice to see a government that isn’t bowing the pressure from big business.

Faulty contraception main reason for abortions

“TWO-THIRDS of all pregnant women seeking abortions in one Australian state are doing so because their contraception methods failed.”

News.com.au

Surprise, surprise women aren’t using abortions as a means of contraception.¬†