Mentoring with momentum

AFGW – Mentoring with momentum - mentors and mentorees networkingThis activity supports IFUW Policy Resolution 2010, No. 1

An extremely successful evening was held on 22nd February 2012, by the Brisbane Branch of Graduate Women Qld co-sponsored by Griffith University and The Brisbane Institute. Griffith provided the venue and assisted with the catering, and The Brisbane Institute was able to identify and invite potential mentors.

The response was overwhelming, and we were very sorry to have to turn people away once we’d reached our ideal number of 10 mentors – 5 men and 5 women. We also had a full complement of thirty mentorees.

The evening had been targeted at women from the Business and Commerce areas, although a few others had heard about it through the grapevine and registered anyway. Mentors were all highly successful people in their field, offering expertise ranging from change-management through to marketing and public relations. We are very grateful to these extremely busy people for giving so generously of their time.

Prior to the event, mentorees were provided with a bio of each mentor. On the evening, mentors met mentorees in small groups for 10 minutes per group. Every group was able to meet with 5 mentors. Following this, opportunity was provided for networking over drinks and canapés.

Every effort was made to match mentorees with their preferred mentor. Over the next few months, it is anticipated that mentors will meet with their mentorees on three or four occasions, and organisers will check in with all parties to ensure everything is going smoothly. Read more http://www.ifuw.org/posts/nfa-news/afgw-mentoring-with-momentum/

Parental Leave Best Practice Guide

 Action in support of IFUW Policy Resolution 2010, No. 1
On 1 January 2011, Australia introduced its first comprehensive Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Scheme.  The Scheme will pay up to 18 weeks of  PPL payments to eligible primary carers of children born or adopted after 1 January, subject to certain employment and income level criteria.   It is structured in a way intended to enable carers, especially women, to maintain a connection with their workplace and careers.  The Australian Federation of Women Graduates (AFGW) was one of the organizations heavily involved during the last years in advocating for its passage, preparing submissions and appearing at public hearings. Read more http://www.ifuw.org/?s=+australia&submit.x=9&submit.y=2

New Guide to Using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms

The Australian Human Rights Commission has just published a most useful document about using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) to try to combat abuse of women’s rights. The guide,  Mechanisms for Advancing Women’s Human Rights, provides lawyers, advocates and women experiencing violations of their rights with an introduction and a practical guide on how to use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other alternative protective mechanisms at the international level as a means of seeking redress for alleged violations. This guide is an important educative tool for progressing gender equality and is relevant to all countries. The Guide will also be helpful for increasing understanding within the community of the international complaint mechanisms that are available and the ways they can be used by women to advance their human rights. Read More http://www.ifuw.org/posts/advocacy-news/australia-new-guide-to-using-the-optional-protocol-to-cedaw-and-other-international-complaint-mechanisms/#more-‘

Girls are Still Falling Behind in Numeracy

Action in support of IFUW Policy Resolution 2010, No. 2 Research by a Monash University team led by AFGW member Dr Helen Forgasz, shows that girls in Australia are still performing at much lower levels in maths, and the gap is widening as students progress through school.  The project included a survey of community attitudes about studying maths at school. It shows that younger people are more likely than older people to believe that boys are better at maths than girls. Dr Forgasz says that the problem of low female achievement and participation rates in math, science and computer technology has been overlooked by goverment policy makers and that a government-funded media campaign would help reverse the trend. Read more http://www.ifuw.org/posts/nfa-news/australia-numeracy/

Refugees reunited with their host families

 

Refugee Students hosted by Sunshine Coast members

The Graduate Women of Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch (GWQ SC) is leading a Refugee Education Project in Sunshine Coast enabling young refugee students to participate in a two-week English language course and stay with Australian host families. In April 2011, the GWQ SC organized a picnic in collaboration with Buddies Refugee Support Group where refugee students returned with their families to meet with their former hosts. Read more http://www.ifuw.org/posts/nfa-news/refugees-reunited-with-their-host-families/#more-‘