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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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Pommy bastard 5:22 pm 19 Dec 08

O we do PeterH and Robbie, we do.

But a campaign encouraging this mutual checking may highten awareness of breast and bollock cancer, destigmatise it, and make a whole lot of people a little more happy….

robbi64 5:11 pm 19 Dec 08

We do have Father of the Year, peterh, but I agree it’s not quite in the same league as an International Women’s Day Award Swag Bag. And yes, the more I think about it, the more I’d like to see us giving gongs to men-in-suits who share the parenting and do a goodly bit of community service as well as making some lofty decisions.

Maybe we should lobby our Chief Minister to establish an International Men’s Day? Now that would be equality. It might even be groundbreaking internationally.

PB … answer the question … do you or do you not already conduct a mutual non-discriminatory cancer check with your beloved? >:)

And can some ad guru run away with the image PB brought up, of this practice as an ad campaign? I love it, but I’m a bit weird that way …

(oh, i see i have become a troublemaker, oh good)

peterh 4:46 pm 19 Dec 08

Pommy bastard said :

If I find anything unusual whilst scratching my balls, the wife is going to be the last person to know. I wouldn’t have got it off her!

How about a campaign of getting husbands to check their wife’s tits while the wife checks out their bollocks.

I can see the merits in that.

And it’s non-discriminatory.

you don’t do that already??

Ponkygirl 4:33 pm 19 Dec 08

I love these discussions about women in the workforce – they always assume that every woman (with or without children) wants to clamber up the ladder as fast and as frenetically as they can; and it’s the evil keepers-of-jobs that are stopping them.

It may be a uniquely Canberra phenomenon but I see huge numbers of women, and some men, weighing the benefits of cute little babies /petunia growing / playgroups against senate estimates and KPIs and saying, if I may misquote Cartman “f*ck you guys, I’m staying home”.

Less money, less promotions, sure. Do we need to worry about it as a society? Nup.

Pommy bastard 4:18 pm 19 Dec 08

robbi64 said :

Guys, all I ask is … when you are casually scratching your balls, if you find anything unusual, ask your missus for the GP’s phone number. Hmmm. Do you guys think that might have legs as an advertising campaign? It is somewhat insulting to those men who are thoughtful about odd lumps in their bits, though. Oh gosh, am I burying myself here? 😉

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If I find anything unusual whilst scratching my balls, the wife is going to be the last person to know. I wouldn’t have got it off her!

How about a campaign of getting husbands to check their wife’s tits while the wife checks out their bollocks.

I can see the merits in that.

And it’s non-discriminatory.

peterh 4:14 pm 19 Dec 08

robbi64 said :

I get what it’s about, peterh. Dunno how we can “raise awareness” better though, probably because I’m not blokey enough!

There is a campaign about prostate cancer, but we can’t overdo the sentimentality as easily as we can with Pink Ribbon campaigns, so it’s not as visible. If we get too gushy and girlie, you blokes will shy off and refuse to even handle your own testicles with an inquiring mind. That is the fear, anyway.

Perhaps we need some hard hitting reality type advertisements about what happens when kids lose their dads? We seem to be far more aware of the horror of losing your mum when you are still a child, but don’t seem to have the same awareness of what it is like to not have a dad anymore.

Guys, all I ask is … when you are casually scratching your balls, if you find anything unusual, ask your missus for the GP’s phone number. Hmmm. Do you guys think that might have legs as an advertising campaign? It is somewhat insulting to those men who are thoughtful about odd lumps in their bits, though. Oh gosh, am I burying myself here? 😉

BTW, getting back to the original topic, I think that while Manda72 and I and loads of other women are still judged according to our “sexual availability”, rather than on our merits as people, we still need prize-givings for high achieving women.

hey robbi, my mother has had breast cancer, and is in remission. I am ultrasounded every 6 months. (mammogram just aint going to work) I have regular tests for testicular and prostate, and the only vice I have is I smoke. Lung check is next.

on topic, I agree, Prize givings are a good idea, but why not spread the net to include men as well?

There are men out there who stay at home, look after their kids, work nights and sometimes weekends, and volunteer with community organisations. Their sons must be proud of them, but they won’t get any recognition or be offered up as a role model to other boys.

The concept of the mother staying at home and the partner going to work is long outdated.
If my wife wanted to do a role reversal, i would jump at the chance to see my littlies develop their physical & social skills. I could work between 9.30am & 3.00pm. She won’t, because her time with our children is precious. (or so she tells me)

robbi64 2:46 pm 19 Dec 08

I get what it’s about, peterh. Dunno how we can “raise awareness” better though, probably because I’m not blokey enough!

There is a campaign about prostate cancer, but we can’t overdo the sentimentality as easily as we can with Pink Ribbon campaigns, so it’s not as visible. If we get too gushy and girlie, you blokes will shy off and refuse to even handle your own testicles with an inquiring mind. That is the fear, anyway.

Perhaps we need some hard hitting reality type advertisements about what happens when kids lose their dads? We seem to be far more aware of the horror of losing your mum when you are still a child, but don’t seem to have the same awareness of what it is like to not have a dad anymore.

Guys, all I ask is … when you are casually scratching your balls, if you find anything unusual, ask your missus for the GP’s phone number. Hmmm. Do you guys think that might have legs as an advertising campaign? It is somewhat insulting to those men who are thoughtful about odd lumps in their bits, though. Oh gosh, am I burying myself here? 😉

BTW, getting back to the original topic, I think that while Manda72 and I and loads of other women are still judged according to our “sexual availability”, rather than on our merits as people, we still need prize-givings for high achieving women.

peterh 2:29 pm 19 Dec 08

sepi said :

I don’t really see how celebrating successful business women takes away from assisting homeless men?

how many ads have you seen for prostate cancer?
did you know that men get breast cancer?
the focus is on the female side of cancer. Prostate or testicular cancer kills far more men than the equivalent cancer effects women.

Jazz did not say that the men’s issues were around homeless men – statistically, what percentage of the homeless are male & female? from work i have done as a volunteer, most of the people i see who are homeless are male. a casual observation would be 80% male, 20% female.

it isn’t just about homeless men. there are a range of men’s issues that don’t get much coverage, Movember is able to show what is out there, but the numbers of participants are down, and women don’t seem to get what it is all about.

sepi 2:08 pm 19 Dec 08

I don’t really see how celebrating successful business women takes away from assisting homeless men?

Jazz 1:51 pm 19 Dec 08

Interestingly if i pick a sample 9 of my closest friends (male or female and their partners, including myself and my wife) and consider their comparitive earnings, in 5 cases the male parnter earns more. In 3 of those 9 cases this is clearly because the female partner is a stay at home mum.

If i use a sample where both partners are working the higher income is a ratio is 4:2 female to male and likely to change to 5:1 in the next 12 months.

Im certainly not suggesting that this is the norm but it does demonstrate how selective use of statistics can sway the figures in either direction.

Regarding the nominations I do think that the comparitive focus on recognising successful women (whilst not an admirable cause) does mean that issues affecting men dont get the same focus.

peterh 11:29 am 19 Dec 08

sepi said :

I wish I could open the pdf…

PB with women only forming 7% of executive roles in Australian businesses, don’t you think there is a role for highlighting successful women to stand as role models for younger girls?

sepi, at least in the ICT industry, they do.

women in ICT have several executives in their membership. http://www.wic.org.au/
they also have the awards, here is the list of recipients: http://www.wic.org.au/wickedwoman/2005wickedwomanawardrecipients.html

check out WIT – http://www.wit.org.au/

and the Australian Industry group CEO is a woman. Heather Ridout.
http://www.aigroup.com.au/mediacentre/directors/

plenty of inspiration for young girls…

Granny 11:27 am 19 Dec 08

Good to see you back too, peterh!

: )

Well, I’m off to the pub now ….

poptop 11:27 am 19 Dec 08

I’m not seeing many nominations forthcoming from you lot – other than more nominations for Granny, of course.

Go on someone, put in a nomination for the Private Sector for their employment of high performing 15 year old black hunchback lesbian dwarves (or dwarfs)

Pommy bastard 11:21 am 19 Dec 08

sepi said :

I wish I could open the pdf…

PB with women only forming 7% of executive roles in Australian businesses, don’t you think there is a role for highlighting successful women to stand as role models for younger girls?

Very much so, I have no disagreement with that.

Pommy bastard 11:18 am 19 Dec 08

Bless you.

peterh 11:17 am 19 Dec 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Ultimately, the private sector cares about one thing: results. They will give the job to a 15 year old black hunchback lesbian dwarf if it gets them the results they want.

only if they apply for the job.

sepi 11:16 am 19 Dec 08

I wish I could open the pdf…

PB with women only forming 7% of executive roles in Australian businesses, don’t you think there is a role for highlighting successful women to stand as role models for younger girls?

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