Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Opinion piece by Commissioner Kate Jenkins as published in the Australian Financial Review, 30 July 2014

Did you know that female hurricanes are three times more deadly on average than male hurricanes? You would have expected the opposite, wouldn’t you? That’s the problem. The names of hurricanes alternate between masculine and feminine names. A recent study in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences analysed hurricanes excluding Katrina and Audrey. The study found that the gender of a storm’s name affects people’s perceptions of risk and the actions they would take in response. Gender stereotyping assumes hurricane Arthur will be more ferocious than hurricane Dolly. This influences decision-making in preparation for a storm, people being more likely to secure their homes and evacuate for Arthur than Dolly.