economic Security4Women Update October 2013
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In this edition:
EO's Update | CSW58 Submission and Information | eS4W Core Issues | Upcoming Events |
EO's November Activities | Submissions your organisation may be interested in | What is making News
Update from eS4W's Executive Officer, Sally Jope for October 2013

Pay Equity Forum Funding
  • In accordance with eS4W's additional funding agreement for Pay Equity Forum held on 5th September, we have completed an initial report to Office for Women on the Pay Equity Forum and have engaged Philippa Hall to edit and re-work sections to produce a formal report to government. Philippa is a pay equity specialist and facilitated the Melbourne Forum for eS4W.
eS4W Collation Report 2010-2013
  • eS4W had contracted Robin Miles to produce a collation report on eS4W's research projects, recommendations, activities and outcomes produced during the previous funding period (2010-2013).  This report has been finalised and will be provided at the Face to Face Meeting in Melbourne on the 20th November with a summary.
Living Longer on Less: Women speak on superannuation and retirement
  • eS4W's EO represented eS4W at launch of Living Longer on Less: Women speak on superannuation and retirement. Report published by Women’s Health in the North and Women’s Health Goulburn North East, two Melbourne based organisations.
  • Sally discussed how the voices of the women in the report and their life stories can inform the Australian Government and contribute to immediate action to reduce the gender gap in retirement savings thus reducing the risk of financial hardship in their retirement years.
  • The opportunity to speak at the launch provided the occasion to raise the profile of the NWAs and eS4W, to engage with external stakeholders and work with them to share limited resources.
  • This report describes women’s experiences of the economic insecurity we are committed to improving and will be valuable to inform government. WHIN interested in joining eS4W.
NWA Collaborative Project - International Agreements and Domestic Advocacy:

This collaborative project was approved by the Alliance members who attended the NWA Forum in June.

The purpose of the project is:
  • to strengthen the understanding of women’s organisations in Australia about the international human rights system, in particular CSW and the CEDAW Convention, and how the outcomes of the international system can be used to articulate, advocate for and assess the human rights of women in Australia.
  • To support domestic advocacy and policy advice to the Australian Government by strengthening the understanding of women’s organizations in Australia about the international human rights system, in particular CSW and CEDAW.
Sally and Sharen have been working with the NWAs to produce a plan that has be presented to Senator Cash for review and approval.  Once finalised the plan will be shared with our members.
In addition to the project, Sally and Sharen have had a teleconference with OfW to ensure NWA engagement of non-government organisations in lead up to CSW 58 is meaningful and complements government mechanism

CSW 58 Review theme: access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
This theme covers two key areas of work of the alliance: education and training especially in science and technology and the promotion of women into decent work, particularly in non-traditional occupations and industries.  We have done some significant pieces of work in this area and can contribute the findings to the Commission.
Click here for the NGO submission template from OfW and click here for all the agreed conclusions from CSW 55:  access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
I suggest we focus on the conclusions under the theme: Supporting the transition from education to full employment and decent work
The time frame is short but we can make succinct points and attach existing documents.
Please contact Sally for your contributions at 
Information – click here for a joint statement prepared by on CSW58 prepared by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. If you have any questions or comments regarding the statement please direct them to Ms Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership - Email:
eS4W Core Issues
Gender Statistics Update

At the last GSAG meeting in May, an update was provided on the ABS review of the sex standard following release of the Attorney General's new Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender (effective 1 July 2013).

The ABS response to the Attorney General's guidelines has now been released to the ABS website 

This response can be accessed from the 'Methods and Classifications' section of the ABS website.

Women and Financial Capability

ME Bank launched its Building Financial Confidence Program in moneysmart week.  Click here to read more
Women and workforce participation

Organisations need to work harder to address their work practices and remove ‘unconscious bias’ against women employees, according to Westpac’s Chief Executive of Australian Financial Services, Brian Hartzer. -  read more heer

The inaugural global Gender Economics Conference 2014 will bring together international speakers, leading academics as well as practitioners in the fields of Diversity, Economics, Sociology, Business Investment, Innovation and Leadership. There is an increasing awareness that economists and sociologists should work together in order to advance current thinking and recognise the changing global climate and the increased advancement of women which negates traditional views of gender stereotyping in statistical analysis and policy formation.

2013 Foenander Lecture presented by Sue Richardson, Labour Economics Academic - click here to view the video presentation, listen/download the audio and view the presentation slides

WIRE Women’s Information is conducting research into women’s experience of financial abuse in intimate relationships.  The women’s focus group will be held in November at WIRE 372 Spencer Street, West Melbourne – click her for more information
eS4W Face to Face Meeting – 20th November – Melbourne
  • At this meeting we will conduct our Annual General Meeting and hold a Special General Meeting to amend the Constitution.  Notice and subsequent related documents were emailed to all members on Tuesday 22nd October.  If you have not received them please contact Share at
  • After the SGM & AGM eS4W will conduct a workshop face to face to discuss:Overview of the Abbott Government: the Assistant Minister to PM for women and other relevant policies and ministry (including opposition and independents); How we continue to work together; Senator Cash’s Key Priorities for eS4W focus and a workshop to discuss how we will focus on these priorities.  Further details and documents will be sent out mid-November.
eS4W's Executive Officer's Activities for the month of November
Saturday 2nd November     
The Progressive Australia conference in Sydney:  
The next step for the Labour Party is a conversation about the fresh ideas and hopes they have for the country and the party. This is starting at the Progressive Australia conference and we can all join in. Questions are being sought for panel discussions. Contribute to those discussions by asking a question of a panel here. eS4W will pose questions about Women and Leadership; Equality, opportunity and growth; Modern Agenda for Work and Society. Please contact Sally for your contributions.

Monday 4th November 
VIEW National Council Meeting in Sydney
Friday 8th November      
Teleconference with Senator Cash, Chair of eS4W and Finance and Project Officer re work plan.  Initial contact was made by eS4W's Chair, Sandra Cook with a meeting with Senator Cash and Sally hs made initial contact with the Advisor to the Minister Assisting the PM for Women.

Saturday 16th November
Attending the BPW, Australia National Conference on Central Coast, NSW
Wednesday 20th November
Attendance at the Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting of eS4W and the Face to Face workshop to be held immediately after.

Pregnancy and return to work review accepting submissions

Submissions will be accepted until 16 December and can be made by the AHRC website. The online questionnaire for employers will be launched shortly and will stay open until January 2014. 
What is making news….

NATSEM report shows women the breadwinners in 25 per cent of homes

Equal Pay Claim Launched For Early Childhood Teachers
economic Security4Women (eS4W) is one of the National Women’s Alliances. It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.

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