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Australia: Century of advances in gender equity but it's still a big issue in workplace

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Thu Mar 03 2011

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(From The Sydney Morning Herald) -- A hundred years after mass protests in Europe marked the first International Women's Day, Australian women might be tempted to hit the streets again after the release of a survey painting a bleak picture of gender equity in the workplace.

Organisers of this year's event are focusing on significant achievements in women's rights over the past century, but a majority of respondents to a Australian Human Resources Institute survey said their organisation had no initiatives to ensure equality for women in the attraction, recruitment and promotion of staff.

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More than a third of the 920 participants, drawn from some of the nation's biggest companies, also reported having experienced or seen gender bias in the workplace. A similar proportion said there were also gender differences when it came to pay.

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