International Women's Day

09-Mar-2018

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It is also a time to reflect on how far we still need to go to achieve gender equality. International Women’s Day has been marked for well over a century, with the first march taking place in Europe.

In 2018, gender equity will be an important focus for ASMOF and the Alliance. 

A range of gender equity issues continue to affect our membership despite increased attention and advocacy on this important issue in recent years.

For example, DITs still continue to be asked if they are planning on having a family during job interviews, and many continue to have difficulty accessing maternity leave when on fixed term contracts. Our senior doctors are not immune to these challenges. Many Staff Specialists and CMOs face serious difficulties in accessing flexible work arrangements when they return to work after maternity leave. Seeking flexible work arrangements can be unnecessarily stressful.  These are the types of issues our members call us about on a daily basis.

On a wider level than our membership, gender inequity remains a serious societal problem. In NSW 80 domestic violence assaults occur every single day. The Union movement continues to fight for paid domestic violence leave to be provided in the Fair Work Act.

Another key issue affecting women in Australia more generally is retirement. Did you know that women retire with 47% less superannuation than men? This is because women spend more time out of the workforce due to maternity leave, child care responsibilities and because of the gender pay gap between men and women.  As a result, single women in particular are at greater risk of falling into poverty when they are in their retirement.

This Saturday hundreds of people will take part in the International Women’s Day march to call for change. If you would like more details on this event please follow the following Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/150373799093120/

To read more go to: https://wgea.gov.au/wgea-newsroom/iwd-2018-key-facts-about-women-and-work