At what age are children aware of gender differences?

The Age, APRIL 6 2017 – 1:48PM

The Victorian government has announced it plans to teach its Respectful Relationship program to preschoolers as a way to target and prevent sexist behaviour among children aged three and four years old.

The justification for extending this program into preschool settings, according to the document released by the state government, is that “as young children learn about gender, they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes that may contribute to disrespect and gender inequality”.

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Mission Australia’s Annual Youth Survey results, 2016

Mission Australia, December 2016

Each year Mission Australia encourages young Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through their annual Youth Survey, the largest of its kind. In 2016 they had close to 22,000 respondents.

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Youth Survey has become a critical piece of research and is used to inform the agendas of governments, policy makers and community organisations. The results can also be reported for specific locations or schools where there are enough respondents.

The Youth Survey 2016 showed that for the record number of 21,846 15 to 19 year olds who took part, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination were the top two issues facing Australia today, with mental health entering the top three for the first time in its 15 year history.

  • In the survey, young people continued to nominate coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern
  • 1 in 4 young people experienced unfair treatment or discrimination in the past year } due to gender, race/cultural background , or age.
  • 1 in 2 young people witnessed someone being unfairly treated or discriminated against due to race/cultural background, sexuality, and physical health or ability.
  • Of the four in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who reported experiencing discrimination, MORE THAN HALF reported discrimination on the basis of race or cultural background.

There is a chapter in the report looking specifically at South Australian results in detail.

  • Download summary infographic (PDF) here
  • Read whole report (PDF) here 

Gender inequality is a problem, say 69% of young Australian women

The Guardian, Tuesday 11 October 2016

Like a recent report from the UK, a new report has found young Australian women also believe sexism to be preventing them from fulfilling their potential.

Plan International Australia and Our Watch surveyed 600 girls and young women aged between 15 and 19 on their inexperiences of inequality between December 2015 and February 2016.

Girls’ & Young Womens’ Attitudes Survey

Girlguiding, 2016

The Girlguiding charity has been asking girls what they think every year since 2009 through our Girls’ Attitudes Survey. They collect the views of over 1,600 girls and young women aged 7 to 21 across the UK. 

This year girls and young women reported that they feel held back by gender stereotypes, sexism, and anxiety about how they look. They think they may not achieve their aspirations because they don’t feel safe, they’re facing double standards on what behaviour is acceptable because they’re girls and they don’t feel the same roles are open to them compared to boys.

Themes of the report:

Girls and young women spoke about the challenges they’re facing and what they want to change in relation to:

Download full report here

Why is sexual assault still often missing from the focus on violence against women?

Croakey,  March 23, 2016

Let’s talk about sex(ual assault)….

No? Not interested? Not palatable? With the release of the report and recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, it’s timely to reflect on the many forms of violence that women experience and to ponder why we still don’t feel comfortable talking about sexual assault.

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Scripture classes: Calls for crackdown on public schools re “dangerous” messages about sex

Sydney Morning Herald, May 6, 2015 – 9:19AM

Scripture books promoting “dangerous” messages about sex and male power are being used in NSW public schools, leading to calls for a crack down on special religious education.

Parent-run lobby group Fairness in Religions in Schools (FIRIS) has raised concerns.

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