Dear members and supporters,
Happy International Women’s Day!
It’s been an exciting day here at Tandem. We hosted around 70 members, guests, and staff at our first International Women’s Day (IWD) breakfast in the Event Space in our new Trenerry Crescent home.
It was an honour to host Thirrili CEO Annette Vickery, who joined us to convene a Yarn with Tandem’s own CEO, on the rise of Lived Experience leadership.
Depending on where you look, the theme for International Women’s Day in 2022 is either ‘Break the bias’ or ‘Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.
Both celebrate working to end gender bias and inequality, and the harms that they bring to women, non-binary and gender diverse folk – as well as to men whenever they step outside of stereotypical male roles, e.g. taking on carer roles.
In Australia in 2022:
- Men kill women partners or exes at the rate of one a week
- Women earn on average 20% less than men ($25.8K less on average each year!) and retire with 47% less super – despite living on average 5 years longer
- Women perform more than 70 per cent of primary caregiving
- 28% of trans and non-binary Australians haven’t told a single person in their workplace about their gender identity out of fear of discrimination, while transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly eleven times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population
- First Nations women who are carers are the group most likely to experience discrimination at work
- First Nations women and girls are up to 35 times more likely to experience domestic and family violence than non-Indigenous Australian women
While some women in Australia feel like they don’t experience the effects of gender bias in their everyday life, progress hasn’t been equal.
Please read on through our IWD edition of eNews to find some great resources on financial wellbeing for women, as well as some IWD and International Transgender Day of Visibility events that are coming up over the next few weeks.
A quick note on our Family and Carer-led Centres focus groups
Get in quick! We still have 11 focus groups for families, carers and supporters for the Family and Carer-led Centres coming up with spaces available – but if you would like to register, please move fast as the positions are filling.
You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:
Tandem eNews #164