Report to be launched 9 February 2010. The final consolidated national report on the project initially established to inquire into the impact of the recent recession on Australian women will be launched at Australia’s Parliament House on 9 February 2010.
An important finding was that many women who express a clear wish to enter or return to the workforce find many barriers to doing so.
Prominent among those barriers was access to care services for women caring for children or older relatives, and access to training and re-training.
In consequence, the four national women’s alliances agreed to support NFAW in a round of community consultations, including in regional Australia, to follow up the statistical data, and hear the actual experiences of women.
Variously State Government Offices for Women, State Women’s Advisory Councils, individual women’s organisations, universities and unions provided extremely valuable local support in this process.
The reports on these consultations have now been edited, and can be found below.
The final report will be presented to Parliamentarians, and at a media launch- together with a DVD of the WomenSpeak report on women’s experiences with child care, on 9 February 2010- in time, we hope, to illuminate thinking about the 2010 Budget and the election policy thinking of political parties
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