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Katy seeks the best of the best of the best

By poptop - 18 December 2008 117

Please send queries on the status of International Men’s Day and associated awards to the MLA of your choice

    The Minster for Women, Katy Gallagher recently opened nominations for 2009 ACT International Women’s Day Awards. The ACT International Women’s Day Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of women in the ACT community.

    The Awards will be presented by the ACT Minister for Women, as part of 2009 International Women’s Day celebrations in March 2009.

    Nominations are encouraged for women in the following Award categories:

    ¨ Women’s Award open to all women in the ACT. This award acknowledges and celebrates the contribution and achievements of an individual woman.

    — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Awards open to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual or team.

    — Community Award recognises a team or organisation that has made a substantial contribution to improving the quality of life for women in the ACT.

    Information and nomination forms are available from the ACT Office for Women, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services at www.women.act.gov.au or by phoning Michelle 6205 0515.

    Nomination close on Monday 12 January 2009.

<Let the gender wars recommence . . .

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Katy seeks the best of the best of the best
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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:27 am
18 Dec 08
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Yep, good to see men getting recognised for the work they do. As long as we continue to have gender specific focus like this, there will never be real equality.

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justbands 11:27 am
18 Dec 08
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> Please send queries on the status of International Men’s Day and associated awards to the MLA of your choice

I’ll write to the ACT Minister for Men! 😉

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peterh 11:34 am
18 Dec 08
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justbands 11:34 am
18 Dec 08
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> who is?

Exactly!

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sepi 11:35 am
18 Dec 08
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The road to equality is not a straight line. You have to start somewhere. With the current lack of women in high places to act as role models for future generations, it is still worth focusing on successful women, to show young girls what they too could achieve in the future.

It spins me out that any focus on women offends men so much. To me it would highlight how annoying gender based inequality is, and give men some sympathy for women’s cause.

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PsydFX 11:41 am
18 Dec 08
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sepi said :

The road to equality is not a straight line. You have to start somewhere. With the current lack of women in high places to act as role models for future generations, it is still worth focusing on successful women, to show young girls what they too could achieve in the future.

It spins me out that any focus on women offends men so much. To me it would highlight how annoying gender based inequality is, and give men some sympathy for women’s cause.

If there were a Minister for Men, but not a Minister for Women, would you have objections?

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sepi 11:44 am
18 Dec 08
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I would lobby an MLA not spack on a website.

What would you like your minister for men to do?

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justbands 11:45 am
18 Dec 08
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> With the current lack of women in high places to act as role models for future generations

I don’t agree with that, it doesn’t fit with my experience. I’ve worked for more female bosses than male (in what is apparently a male dominated industry!). I reckon Julia Gillard for one would argue that she’s in a pretty high place….as would our current head of state.

Who’s showing young boys what they could achieve in the future? You know…boys who are now consistently falling behind girls in school, boys who are suiciding in record numbers, boys who are turning to crime, boys who have grown up without fathers, etc.

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dexi 11:47 am
18 Dec 08
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“What would you like your minister for men to do?”

Shut up and do as his told.

He could also mow JB lawn.

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sepi 11:58 am
18 Dec 08
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Your experience of working for female bosses does not correlate with the reality that something like only 20% of management is women. I realise this is different in some APS departments, but it is not the case Australia wide, particularly in business and industry.

Julia Gillard is a fantastic example, however a pretty new one – and I don’t think one highly successful women is enough for us to shrug our shoulders and say equality is here.

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PsydFX 11:58 am
18 Dec 08
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sepi said :

I would lobby an MLA not spack on a website.

What would you like your minister for men to do?

You’re always “spacking” on this website with your pro-feminist views, why shouldn’t someone start banging on about an inequality against men?

I am not saying that we want or need a Minister for Men, what I do think – to promote equality, that we should have a Minister for People, that way we aren’t segregating the sexes.

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Jim Jones 12:00 pm
18 Dec 08
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“I don’t agree with that, it doesn’t fit with my experience.”

Anecdotes are not evidence.

There’s a lot of information still out there that shows that women get paid less than men, have a significantly harder time reaching positions of power and responsibility, and are systemically excluded from a number of different employment areas.

Julia Gillard might be in a position of power in this country, but how many female Australian Prime Ministers can you name? Being able to point to a woman in a powerful position who sticks out precisly she is a rarity doesn’t really help your case.

Presumably the people on this site who don’t think that ‘gender specific’ portfolios are necessary also feel that there shouldn’t be specific portfolios dealing with aboriginal or multicultural issues either.

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Jim Jones 12:01 pm
18 Dec 08
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“why shouldn’t someone start banging on about an inequality against men”

What inequality against men?

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Duke 12:04 pm
18 Dec 08
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justbands – you missed a few: men are more likely to be homeless, victims of crime, in cases of divorce often lose custody of their kids in favour of the mother, suffer higher rates of depression and disease, incur higher rates of incarceration.

Now if they same gusto can be applied to solving men’s social issues as is being used to highlight the achievement of women in the workplace, we’d be off to a good start.

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dexi 12:06 pm
18 Dec 08
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That’s right Jim, and when are you going to mow the lawn.

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