Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Women: The Economic Saviors of Japan?

Emily S Chen – The Diplomat – Tuesday, 12 August 2014 (originally published 10 Aug) Gender balancing in business is no longer the exclusive agenda of women’s right activists in Japan; it now has the full attention of the Japanese government. To counter the country’s aging workforce and flaccid economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

International Women face Maternity Protection Discrimination

International Women face Maternity Protection  Discrimination

Lisa Schlein for VA – WNN Science & Health Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: A new report by the International Labor Organization finds the large majority of women workers, at least 830 million, does not have adequate maternity protection and continue to face discrimination in the labor market. Despite progress in maternity protection, ILO officials say […]

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

Japan rethinks cultural bias against working mothers

TV Asahi/CNN – WBRC – Monday, 27 May 2013 (originally published 22 May) TOKYO (TV Asahi/CNN) – The government is now reaching out to an underutilized demographic – highly skilled mothers. In Japan, with its aging population and shrinking birthrate, increased female participation in the workforce, or womeonmics as it’s been dubbed, matters. In April […]

Engineers back job share for [Australia] women

Engineers back job share for [Australia] women

Kim Macdonald – West Australian – 22 January 2013 (originally published 17 Jan) The newly-elected president of the WA division of Engineers Australia has called for FIFO-style job sharing on St Georges Terrace to help retain females in the profession. Helen Pedersen said FIFO mine engineers enjoyed the “ultimate job share arrangement” because they performed […]