Sex Discrimination Cmr Elizabeth Broderick has warned employers not to be complacent about gender equality following the passage of the PPL Bill, saying the issue is definitely not “finished business” and there are still “major gaps”.
Broderick released a Gender Equality Blueprint 2010 on June 23 as a next step to achieving gender equality reforms. Its five priority areas are: work/life balance; promoting women in leadership; ensuring women’s lifetime economic security; preventing sexual harassment and violence against women; and strengthening national gender equality laws, agencies and monitoring.
“We need the Fed Govt to announce a minimum 40% of each gender on all fed govt boards to be achieved within three years, with progress against this target reported annually,” Broderick said. “We need a major national prevention strategy to drive down the incidence of sexual harassment in our workplaces.”
Broderick urged the govt and political parties to adopt the blueprint. She called on business to develop innovative gender equality strategies and unions to maintain their focus on pay equity.