Women lawyers outnumber men; Indigenous numbers lagging

A new report published by the Law Society of NSW has shed new light on the emerging trends in and makeup of the Australian legal profession.

Despite female lawyers increasing in number and proportion since 2011, data from the Australian Financial Review’s 2019 Law Partnership Survey shows women continue to be underrepresented in leadership levels of the profession. Just 27 per cent of partners in large and medium-sized firms are women, according to that survey.

Source: Women lawyers outnumber men; Indigenous numbers lagging – Law Society Journal

Voluntary super: a good way to increase women’s dependence on men

Making super contributions voluntary for people earning less than $50,000 a year, as proposed by Senator Andrew Bragg, would be a backward step for women.

And most women have much less super than most men.

In 2017, the median super balance for women aged 60-64 was $36,000. For men it was $110,000.

This is partly because women are much more likely than men to take time out of work or to work part-time to care for children and other family members, and partly because of the persistent gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap means women contribute less to superannuation and, as a result, are much more likely than men to experience poverty and hardship in retirement and will have to rely on the pension anyway, regardless of super.

Source: Voluntary super: a good way to increase women’s dependence on men

Circle K stores ditch ‘Secretary Day’ condom offer

The ad showed three offers, two of them were for a bottle of wine and a chocolate bar. But the third added a pack of condoms to the “combo” worth 199 Mexican pesos ($10; £8).

The text above it reads: “Happy day to all the secretaries. Celebrate with them the proper way with this executive combo.”

The word used for secretary in the ad is “secretaria”, which is female in Spanish and therefore would only be taken to apply to women. Further down, the word “executive combo” is followed by the suggestive phrase in English in brackets: “If you know what I mean”.

In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority has banned sexist ads.

Source: Circle K stores ditch ‘Secretary Day’ condom offer – BBC News

U.K. doctor fired after refusing to refer to theoretical ‘six-foot-tall bearded man’ as ‘madam,’ sues government

Dr. David Mackereth, 56, claims he was sacked as a disability benefits assessor by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) over his religious beliefs.

The doctor is now suing the government at an employment tribunal for discrimination on the grounds of his religious belief. The hearing in Birmingham was told how Mackereth believes transgenderism is a “delusional belief” and an ideology “which I disbelieve and detest.”

He told the hearing: “The very fact a doctor can be pulled off the shop floor for an urgent interrogation about his beliefs on gender fluidity is both absurd and very sinister, even more so if it results in a dismissal.

Source: U.K. doctor fired after refusing to refer to theoretical ‘six-foot-tall bearded man’ as ‘madam,’ sues government | Vancouver Sun

From diplomacy to security, Australian women missing from world stage

Women are not just underrepresented in parliament, company boards and senior management – they are also missing from Australia’s international relations presence, an absence described as “detrimental to the national interest [which] hinders the achievement of our foreign policy objectives”.

Parliament’s intelligence committee, which is responsible for reviewing national security legislation, has never been helmed by a woman, and for almost half of its 21 years of existence, has sat with no women at all.

Australia’s intelligence community was particularly weighted in favour of men, with women representing just 9% of senior executives in the Office of National Assessments in 2016, and just 24% across the defence intelligence agencies.

Source: From diplomacy to security, Australian women missing from world stage | Australia news | The Guardian

Indonesia’s top court jails woman sexually harassed by her boss

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Supreme Court has jailed a woman who tried to report her employer for alleged sexual harassment, in a ruling that rights groups said on Friday risked turning victims of sexual abuse into criminals.

The Supreme Court on Thursday found Baiq Nuril Maknun, who was a teacher on the island of Lombok, guilty of violating strict anti-pornography laws. It overturned her acquittal by a lower court and jailed her for six months.

She was also ordered to pay a 500 million rupiah (US$35,383) fine. The Supreme Court’s decision cannot be appealed.

Maknun had complained of getting lewd phone calls from the principal of a high school where she worked from 2012, court documents showed.

She recorded some of the phone calls without the knowledge of the headmaster and gave a recording to a third person, and distributed it on an electronic device, which resulted in the principal losing his job, the documents showed.

Source: Indonesia’s top court jails woman sexually harassed by her boss

Why are menstruating women in India removing their wombs?

[T]wo recent reports show that India’s very problematic relationship with menstruation continues.. . .

The first comes from the western state of Maharashtra where it has been revealed by Indian media that thousands of young women have undergone surgical procedures to remove their wombs in the past three years. In a substantial number of cases they have done this so they can get work as sugarcane harvesters. . . .

The second piece of news, from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is equally dire. Women working in the multi-billion dollar garment industry there allege that they have been given unlabelled drugs at work – instead of a day off – when they have complained of period pain.

Source: Why are menstruating women in India removing their wombs? – BBC News

Only two female world leaders on stage at Osaka G20 event aimed at empowering women

It was supposed to be an event showcasing Group of 20 leaders’ commitment to better empowering women in employment, economy and education. But only two of the world leaders on stage were women.

Titled the Special Event on Women’s Empowerment, the only female world leaders in attendance were outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Source: Only two female world leaders on stage at Osaka G20 event aimed at empowering women | The Japan Times

Man sues brewery over ‘women’s only’ IPA, claims he ‘felt forced to identify as female’

A man sued a brewery, claiming that he was ‘forced’ to identify as a woman to buy a beer.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the brewery and pub chain BrewDog introduced the so-called Pink IPA. It was the same exact beer as the company’s popular Punk IPA, but it was sold to women for 20 percent less. The campaign was an attempt to highlight the gender pay gap.

Bower spoke with Wales Online, saying, “After a bit of a back-and-forth with me protesting this, I felt forced to identify as female and was then able to get the drink for ($5), I complained to the company about this and they said it wasn’t discrimination because the price difference was part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the gender pay gap.”

Despite getting the drink for the discounted price, Bower wasn’t satisfied. “I complained again to BrewDog stating that I was intending to take them to court over this but would rather resolve the problem outside court,” he said. “They ignored this.”

Bower took BrewDog, which is based in Scotland, to small claims court for “direct discrimination and breach of the Equality Act 2010,” Wales Online reports.

According to court documents, Judge Philips agreed that Bower was discriminated against because of his gender and awarded him over $1,200.

Source: Man sues brewery over ‘women’s only’ IPA, claims he ‘felt forced to identify as female’ | Fox News