International Women’s Day 2010

Monday the 8th of March is International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, without regards for divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political.” (Source: UNIFEM)

The Institute for Social Science Research recently released “What women want: 2009-10 survey report” which examined the experiences of women in the workforce:

“Drawing on reponses from 9504 women, this report looks at the experiences of women in the workplace, including hours worked, flexible arrangements and superannuation. “The results of this survey, carried out for the Community and Public Sector Union, provide evidence that many women caring for children are also caring for others such as parents, adult children and partners. Despite these caring responsibilities, nearly a quarter (23.5%) of women reported that taking time away from work for personal matters was frowned upon. The majority (83.6 %) of full time women reported working additional hours and one in ten said they received no additional compensation for this. Compared with the 2008 survey results, the survey shows that more women are being contacted more frequently out of hours.”Source: Australia Policy Online

The full report is available from the CPSU website.

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