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What's happening for New Year for Women in 2017
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What's next for New Year for Women?
 
We’ve got a lot coming up for the New Year for Women project in 2017.

Women's Economic Opportunity Exchange
We started the year with a bang – joining forces with Women NSW on January 19 to host the Women's Economic Opportunity Exchange.

The event built on the work of the New Year for Women Summit, bringing business, government, civil society together to workshop future action on improving financial gender equality and workforce participation, early childhood education, housing options for older women and leadership and mentoring.

The feedback and ideas collated at this event will go towards informing future work within Women NSW and we look forward to engaging with them in the future on women’s economic empowerment.
 
Next - We’re taking your ideas to New York!
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is coming up in March and we are attending with representatives from the Young Women’s Advisory Panel.

We've been working hard to make this happen, sourcing sponsorship and using our own money, to make the most of the huge interest there is in the work we have done together. Our aim is to showcase this work to the world AND bring back new thinking on how we continue to make change for women and girls in Australia.

We’ll be co-hosting a series of events while we are there:
  1. We’ve joined forces with the Australian Government though the Office for Women to host a side event focusing on the economic empowerment of Aboriginal women and girls
  2. We’re working with the National Women’s Alliances on a side event focused on making the change we want to see, and
  3. We hosting a second side event focused on YOU and the work we’ve done together, across sectors to put the economic empowerment of women and girls on the agenda in Australia.
 
Draft Agreed Conclusions: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work
While we’re in New York there will be ample opportunity to feed in to the work of CSW and shape – even in small ways – the outcomes achieved. 
 
First up - the principal output of CSW is the agreed conclusions on the priority theme set for each year. They contain a series of concrete recommendations to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level.
 
The draft agreed conclusions for this year’s theme, women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, has been released for comment.
 
NCOSS supports the following key actions:
  • Implement economic and social policies and infrastructure to facilitate women’s economic empowerment. Such as expanding accessible and quality early childhood education, access to maternity or parental leave and flexible working arrangements;
  • Eliminate occupational segregation by addressing structural gender bias and social norms;
  • Women’s collective voice, leadership and decision making;
  • Affirm the private sector’s role in advancing gender equality.
  • Support the capacity, resources and ability of gender equality mechanisms to report, monitor and implement these actions.
NCOSS will be encouraging further emphasis to be placed on addressing the multiple and interconnecting forms of inequality, discrimination and disadvantage faced by many women and how this can be an issue of priority for CSW.
 
Please email NCOSS Policy Officer, Caroline Dimond caroline@ncoss.org.au by midday 20 February 2017, with any comments or questions regarding the draft agreed conclusion.
 
Meet the young women who are joining us

We’re incredibly excited to have three young women joining us from the Young Women’s Advisory Panel at CSW. Not only will this be a great opportunity for them to learn and grow their skills, they will be able to add their voices and perspectives in the many and varied discussions and decisions that are made at CSW.

Here’s a little bit about each of them: 
  • Keira Jenkins (left) is a young Gamilaroi woman from Moree, north western NSW. She is a journalist and photographer with the Koori Mail newspaper based in Lismore on the north coast.
  • Harpreet Dhillon (middle) is a 16-year-old Indian girl who’s the first female in her family to be able to finish school and to have the opportunity to go on to attend university. She is an ambassador for Girl Guides Australia.
  • Lauren Stanley (right) is a Women's Officer for the Women's Collective at Western Sydney University where she is studying a double Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking.
You’ll be hearing more from them during the two weeks CSW is held as they share their experiences, stories and updates from what is happening on the ground. Watch this space!
 
Thank you to our generous sponsors HESTA for making their trip possible.

Submission: Gender Segregation in the Workplace and its impact on women’s economic equality
NCOSS will be putting in a submission into the Senate Inquiry into Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality- and we would love to hear from you!

The closing date for submissions is 3 March, 2017. Read the terms of reference.

NCOSS will be advocating for a number of measures to:

  • Encourage women’s participation in male - dominated occupations and industries,
  • Advance the conditions for women in these occupations and industries, and
  • Promote pay equity.

Please email NCOSS Policy Officer, Caroline Dimond caroline@ncoss.org.au with any comments, suggestions or questions on the above submission.

Looking to the rest of 2017 - Join a working group or panel
We established our plan in 2016 and for the rest of 2017 it’s time to make that plan real.

We have established an Aboriginal Women’s Advisory Panel – The Seven Sisters – which is working across a number of key issues for women in NSW.

We have cemented the role of the Young Women’s Advisory Panel as a space for young women to share their voices on key issues amongst themselves and with our leaders – the office of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner for example.

And we are now in the process of convening our first CALD Women’s Advisory Panel and the working groups, each focusing on the four planks of the New Year for Women campaign – financial literacy, employment, superannuation and housing.

If you haven’t already joined one of these groups and you would like to, get in contact with NCOSS Project Officer, Mary Van Ryk at mary@ncoss.org.au

 
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