"As political leaders, experts and advocates meet for the national women’s
safety summit, women in Australia are over it.
They are sick of the ongoing unacceptable levels of workplace discrimination,
sexual harassment, and domestic violence. They are sick of calling for better
public safety and an end to the gender pay gap. They are sick of “knocking on
the door” of opportunities (do men have to knock?).
They are also completely exhausted — and their mental and emotional health is
suffering. This is especially so for those in lockdown shouldering the bulk of
the extra domestic labour, care work and home schooling.
As the national summit talks about how to make workplaces, communities and
homes safer for women, we also need to look at the bigger picture.
Australian women start with many advantages, but these don’t continue along
their life trajectory. Our society does not set women up to be equal. And this
is a problem if we want them to be valued, successful and safe."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics