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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