eS4W develops its own projects based on key issues and supports other organisations to develop projects that reflect our agreed priorities and strengthen their work.
2014-2015 Issues and Projects:
- Project: Our aim is too improve opportunities for women in non-traditional occupations and emerging industries with a focus on challenging gender occupation stereotypes for girls.To this end we want to build on our recent research on “School-based strategies to encourage girls and young women into non-traditional occupations” and invite women working in these occupations and industries to shun stereotypes and become role models to encourage young women to explore alternative and higher paid careers.We want to engage member organisations and external stakeholders – including individual women – in identifying career exploration projects, role models and women’s networks in non-traditional occupations and industries.This information will be made available to girls, their parents, their teachers and the career guidance/development sector via a website.
- Past Activities:
Can be found here
- Project:‘ Know your value is the advice for women when negotiating an offer for a job or preparing for a performance review. The on-line resource launched by eS4W in 2014 MoneySmart Week aims to address the gender pay gap as well as to increase the financial literacy and economic independence of all women, with a focus on engaging and educating young women and on improving women’s superannuation and retirement savings.Our aim for 2014-2015 is to continue to promote the ‘Career Advancement Checklist’ and to work with Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC) Financial Literacy Team as they work with the Office for Women to produce Women’s Financial Literacy Tools (‘Building women’s financial literacy and economic security project)’, to be published on the MoneySmart site and launched for 2015 International Women’s Day (IWD).To support the work by ASIC and OfW, eS4W will publish, on line, ‘Letters to my younger self: financial decisions I made, that worked well, or didn’t’. Again we will be looking to our member organisations and other women to offer their reflections that will be published (anonymously if required) and promoted widely.Please look out for more information about this project.
- Past Activities in this area:Can be found here
- Project:Our objective is to provide online resources that promote the advantages of gender equity in the SME workplace. Here we are building on the outcomes of the National Pay Equity Forum we co-hosted with OfW in September 2013.To this end we produced and launched in September 2014, an animated video about the advantages of Family Friendly Workplaces. This video is informed by a project of Member Organisation WIRE Women’s Information (and others), ‘Creating family friendly workplaces: better balance, better business’, view at http://www.wire.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Getting-The-Balance-Right-Booklet-small-NGOs.pdf.We will continue to promote this video, with the aim of having links to it from key websites that connect with SME sector.We will continue to work with Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) on their ‘Small Business Project’ and have agreed to host a consultation with the SME sector in 2015 on the resources being developed for it. You will hear more about this soon.
- Past Activities in this area:Can be found here
eS4W is working for improved access to gender data and analysis for the purposes of policy development and monitoring
Collaborations with NWAs
The Impact on Women in Disaster Affected Areas in Australia – We need to Think About Vulnerability Differently
Currently eS4W is working with National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) to develop a shared position paper on the economic impacts on women of natural disasters.
In 2012 both alliances received Special Project Funds from the Office for Women to develop projects that focused on the economic impact on women in disaster-affected areas in Australia.
One condition of the funding was for those alliances to discuss their respective projects, identify opportunities for cooperation and collaboration and information sharing.
Many of you will know that eS4W and NRWC held a roundtable discussion in Canberra in June that involved representatives of relevant policy portfolios as well as state agencies and NGOs. A report of that discussion can be found here.
We are now taking the findings of our projects and that discussion back to a disaster-affected area to confirm that our findings reflect the experiences of women. We hosted an event on Thursday 23rd October in Marbury, SE Queensland (between Toowoomba and Ipswich). A report will be provided in the near future.
Development of an International Agenda
Here the aim is for all NWAs to support women’s organisations to actively participate in international human rights processes and to help them to identify opportunities for using the outcomes of international processes in their domestic advocacy work. This work is being led by Equality Rights Alliance (ERA).
Engagement with women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Women with Disabilities
eS4W will endavour to engage with CALD women. ATSI women and women with disabilities. We are developing relationships with representative organisations with the intention of sharing information and inviting their involvement with our work
eS4W identified 5 key issues to be addressed in 2010/2011 (Click the links below to find out more)
- The Australian Care Economy
- Pay and Gender Workforce Pay Equity
- Education and Training of Girls and Women
- Gender Statistics and Analysis – Data Disaggregation by Sex
- Commission for the Status of Women 57th Session – Feb/Mar 2013, UN, NY
- Housing Project
Completed projects include:
- Scoping the Care Economy
- VET – Equity for women and girls postcard campaign
- Women and Employment
- What Business Wants
- Engaging Women Project
- Collation Project – S4W Consultation & Research 2004-2008
- Gender Perspective of the Global Financial Crisis
- Out of Hours School Care
- Paid Maternity Leave
- Vocational Educa tion and Training (VET) Policy Update
- Young Women Talk