Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March provides an opportunity to reflect on the gains in overcoming discrimination against women at work and in the community and to highlight the challenges still ahead in gaining full equity and inclusion. While IWD is a global event, its focus on equity is significant for all facets of life and work for women, men and families.
This year the IEU chose to highlight workplace equity issues on IWD, noting in particular the inequities of recognition and remuneration facing teachers in the early childhood sector and support staff in schools. We especially acknowledge early childhood teacher Amy Martin and support staff member (and IEU Support Staff Vice President) Carolyn Collins for their contribution to IEU IWD events.
An unfortunate part of the context of this year’s IWD is concern about recent events in/around the Federal Parliament and reports by young women of sexual harassment and assault by male students in some Sydney schools.