• 11 Nov 2011 3:59 PM | Anonymous

    Today will be go down in the annals of equal pay history; the Labor government commitment to fund pay rises for thousands of women finally gives recognition of the invaluable work provided by workers in the social and community sector (SACS).

    BPW Australia president Marilyn Forsythe applauded the government’s action to support pay rises averaging 20% to workers who have historically been unpaid and undervalued. “We have been lobbying for equal pay for more than 30 years and this is one big step in  clawing back our gender pay gap,” Ms Forsythe said.

    As a proud partner of the Equal Pay Alliance we have lent our support to the unions and workers involved in this case and hope that the Federal government commitment will be echoed by all States and territories across Australia.

    Of the 150,000 SACS workers there are 120,000 women – they look after the homeless, the disabled, refugees, domestic violence victims, children at risk and other vulnerable people in our society.  “They have our admiration – but they need a fair wage” said Ms Forsythe.

    With our gender pay gap steady at 18% we hope that this, along with other initiatives such as the current review of the Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Act, combine to deliver real equal pay for working women.

    For more information contact Marilyn Forsythe on 0412259656

    Media Contact: Sandra Cook, National Director of Policy, 0409608344

  • 10 Nov 2011 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the Government will provide over $2 billion to deliver an historic pay rise to 150,000 of Australia’s lowest paid workers in the social and community services sector – the vast majority of them women.  This is an important step on the road to closing the long-standing pay gap between men and women and delivering fairness to the workplace. Workers in this sector have been underpaid for too long because their work was viewed as women’s work. They work in incredibly challenging jobs, including: Working with people with disabilities; Counselling families in crisis; Running homeless shelters, and working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

  • 31 Aug 2011 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    A 17.2% gender wage gap is hardly cause for celebration but Equal Pay Day is not going unnoticed. BPW clubs across Australia are holding events through September. Whether it is a gala dinner in South Australia, breakfast in Queensland, dinners with Michaelia Cash, the Shadow Parliamentary secretary for Status of Women in Western Australia, cohosting a seminar with Office of Women’s Policy in the Northern Territory, “Unhappy Hour” in NSW or listening to company CEOs in Victoria such as Dr Robyn Gregory or Jen Dalitz  -  we have the nation covered!

    We’ve also grown the Equal Pay Alliance and worked with economicSecurity4Women on two surveys on gender pay equity – go to www.equalpayday.com.au for more.

    Our Alliance partners and supporters have collaborated to ensure there is a united front across all aspects of this issue. The ACTU will  highlight the gender implications of the Social and Community Service workers pay equity case at its morning tea, while the Diversity Council of Australia is collaborating with EOWA in their public talk “Show me the Money”.

    Events (thus far)

    BPW Melbourne North West 19th Sept Dr. Robyn Gregory, CEO Women’s Health West
    BPW Geelong 9th September EPD  lunch Jen Dalitz SheEO Sphinx
    BPW Darwin 1st September with Office Women’s Policy Darwin  EPD Seminar
    BPW Caboolture 2nd September EPD breakfast 18% discount
    BPW Adelaide 3rd September Red Purse Gala Dinner
    BPW Mid City and Melbourne North West Victoria, 22nd September “Fitted for Work”
    BPW Joondalup 9th August with Senator Michaelia Cash, Shadow Parliamentary    Secretary for Status of Women
    BPW Coffs Harbour 1st September, “Unhappy Hour” Coast Hotel
    BPW Maitland 17th August and 7th September
    BPW South West Victoria 6th September
    Business Women’s Network Coffs Harbour 1st September breakfast
    Diversity Council Australia , Sydney 1st September  - Show me the Money,
    ACTU and VTHC Melbourne 1st September with Jeff Lawrence
    Women’s Health West 1st September Footscray “Flash Mob”

  • 01 Aug 2011 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Influence policy development and shape the future for Australian women

    BPW Australia’s annual National Policy Summit  Leading with Advocacy & Action took place in Adelaide on 3 September.

    This year’s Summit focused on women’s economic empowerment and the annual Red Purse Gala Dinner marking Equal Pay Day.  Full details at www.bpwaustralia.wildapricot.org/summit/

  • 31 Jul 2011 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Marking a gender wage gap of over 17% nationally, Equal Pay Day was 1 September 2011 in Australia.  Which means women have to work an extra 63 days from the end of the financial year to match what men earn in 365 days.  Hear more in this podcast from 3CR at www.womenontheline.org.au

  • 23 Jun 2011 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    At the XVII BPW International Congress in Helsinki:

    Freda Miriklis, from BPW Melbourne, was elected for the Term 2011 – 2014 as the 22nd International President of BPW. She is joined by Geva Murano, from BPW Melbourne as  BPW International Finance Director. Susan Jones from BPW Sydney has been elected as the Asia Pacific Regional Co-Ordinator.

  • 02 Jun 2011 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    Join BPW Australia by June 30 and you’ll get 13 months of membership benefits (or close to) for the cost of 12.

    Just email us bpwaust@bpw.com.au to get a form and mention this offer.

  • 25 May 2011 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Last Saturday the inaugural BPW Crystal Ball as held at the Burswood Convention Centre in Western Australia. And we are very proud to announce it a responding success!

    The proceedings of our first Crystal Ball will help us give 100 women who have suffered domestic violence the opportunity to obtain Certificates in Women and Leadership at Challenger Institute. This project is a huge achievement, made possible though the collaborative community engagement of BPW Western Australia, the Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service and Challenger Institute.

    With the triumph of the BPW Crystal Ball in 2011, we are already looking at holding it again in 2012 (and beyond!) so that we can continue this valuable education fund to help more women in years to come.

    A massive thank you to everyone who supported the ball in so many ways- sponsorship, generous raffle items and of course you attendance.

  • 21 Mar 2011 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    BPW Joondalup – International Woman’s Day Breakfast
    Press clipping March 2011

  • 18 Mar 2011 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    In reference to March 17th’s Advertiser, the Letters to the Editor page, in which two daughters of BPW members, Stefania Chiro’s, Mom is member of BPW Adelaide and many other things and Lori Brittle, member on her own right BPW Adelaide East, got letters published in reference to Rex Jory article on IWD.
    Letters to Editor

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