Sunday, October 18th, 2020 - Business & Professional Women Australia

As Australia wakes up to a bumper budget to help business, the women in our community have been left behind.

Since the beginning of the COVID 19 crisis, BPW Australia (the Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women) joined the many organisations committed to gender equity with calls on Federal and State Governments to ensure actions include a gender lens on pandemic response and recovery.

What was delivered was the disappointment that the Treasurer identified 'women and young people were disproportionately impacted by this recession' and yet focused entirely on providing incentives to employ young people. Creating the additional risk of women and poverty/ homelessness, which was already acute before the pandemic. We know a growing number of women aged 55 and over are experiencing homelessness.  Also, the worrying point that women over the age of 35 are now 'old' as that is the cut-off for the incentive - just at the point that mothers are likely to re-enter the work force.

“Women clearly need to support each other, as our government is choosing not to- much as in the Great Depression. In the 1930, Women's Aid Committees were the activators of relief for women, in most countries worldwide. Women were not covered by most of the government make-work schemes, which then as now, relied on 'shovel-ready', manual labour and trade type jobs. 90 years later, have we not moved on to a greater understanding of how all occupations add to the health of our economy?” Jacqueline Graham, BPW Australia President said.

“I welcomed the incentives for young people and apprentices, but noted that these mainly assisted industries which employ majority men. While we encourage more women in these industries, it is essential that the nation does not miss the opportunity to support women -led sectors.” Jacqueline said.

What women did get is $240m over 5 years , an insult. Let’s put it in perspective with what the many economists quickly calculated Tuesday night, one third of one percent of the entire budget(0.038%) to 51 percent of the population.


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BPW Australia is a community of women working to end gender inequity. Our members share an interest in the issues that affect working women in Australia and around the world today. BPW’s membership includes employers and employees who work across many sectors including corporate, small business, professions, trades, non-profit and government. BPW Australia is affiliated to BPW International, which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and has expert and experienced representatives accredited to most United Nations agencies.

BPW Australia recommends actions in line with UN Global Compact Sustainable Development Goal 5. To Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls

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