LIKE it is some sort of media flashpoint, gender inequality has once more bubbled to the top of the political potpourri as if something more needs to be found before it becomes a fact of life.
This episode in the series has erupted because of actions taking place in the hall of power and not simply because it is an everyday event for women all over the country.
The throat clearing and spit, the loaded inuendo, the lack of finesse, the overlooking in business and community that still typifies overt male behaviour is no longer acceptable, not just by being politically incorrect but acceptance that women are not something that can be set aside.
Shepparton, by virtue of the number of women of influence we have among us, in business, education, society and in power, is perhaps a sign that the old ways are on the wane yet all around us within the community, there are women who still experience subtle and not so subtle put-downs and sexism. Some businesses and organisations are doing a great job already but there is still work to be done.
The Victorian government has recently introduced the Gender Equality Act 2020, the first of its kind in Australia, requiring public sector organisations to show real progress on gender equality in the workplace and our community.
The State Government is driving gender equality with a $435 million investment in progressing gender equality and ending family violence, including more than $13 million to implement the Gender Equality Act.
While this impacts on public service, it needs to extend right across society to ensure women are treated with the equality they desire and we should provide.