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It is just over a year since the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade adopted a ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’ strategy. However, international comparisons show there is still plenty of room to increase the gender focus as part of the forthcoming foreign...

September 23, 2014

If you type the headline of this article into Google, you will be bombarded with links, from 'expert sources' telling us that women 'evolve better than men' – apparently women are getting better looking through evolution; while men are staying the same – go figure!...

September 2, 2014

 

 

Never in the past 30 years has the pay gap between men and women in Australia been so great.

 

I am certain that Susan Ryan, former Senator and the inaugural Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women who is responsible for the Sex Discrimination Act...

August 11, 2014

 

 

 

Image of shop window in Sydney’s CBD, 2014. An international retailer targeting rich men.

 

For the past few weeks I have been receiving abusive emails, calls and unflattering notes on Social Media arising from a story in a newspaper about men attending strip clubs wh...

April 16, 2014

I find it extraordinary how a few isolated cases of male violence on the streets take priority over millions of women who experience violence behind closed doors – criminal assault in the home.

 

The facts show that 1 in 3 women in Australia will experience physical viol...

March 11, 2014

If women were classified as a standalone industry such as manufacturing, we would be the largest contributors to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Australia. Yes, we are the biggest spenders and the biggest contributors to the economy.  In fact, women as a standalone ind...

February 10, 2014

There are an estimated 3.6 million children under the age of 12 currently in need of some form of childcare in Australia including before and/or after school care, long day care, family day care, occasional care and informal care. 

Even though I don’t have children myse...

October 3, 2013

From the last Supper, where one woman is alleged to have been included at the table, until today: exclusion and omission. The story remains the same!

One woman in the federal cabinet, less than one in 10 executives are women, one female CEO and one female chair in all s...

July 30, 2013

Mateship, according to several English dictionaries, is “a mode of conduct among Australian men that stresses equality, friendship, and solidarity.”

For those of us who live down under, we are aware that mateship promotes an unwavering bond between blokes. Mates have th...

June 20, 2013

World Bank data says women are a fail-safe investment, so why can't we access capital in Australia?

A few years ago, when working on an international John Lennon music project, I met with a long list of Angel investors, VCs and lenders. I was amazed, gobsmacked really,...

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