Australian honours system needs reform Female nominees and recipients for Order of Australia honours this Australia Day are the highest they've been in five years, as oakley sunglasses for cheap the council for the awards battles to increase the rate of women being recognised.
Women have consistently been under represented in the awards since the inception of the honours in 1975, with an average nomination rate at less than 30 per cent. However this year, the recipient rate for women in the awards on January 26is up by almost five per cent on the average from the past five years, and nominations have also increased. A spokesman for the Australian Honours and Awards Branch atthe Office of the Governor General saidthey were "acutely aware" of the problem. But, he said the issue waswith the Australian public, not the awards themselves. The spokesmansaid the gender balance in Order of Australia awards wasproportionate to the gender balance of the nominations received and considered. According to shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh it's because women often work behind the scenes. "The honours system can overlook traditionally feminised work, such as volunteering at a local community organisation every day for 30 years, in favour of traditionally male work, such as leading large organisations," Dr Leigh said. "It's a job for each of us to think about people who might have been overlooked, and to consider whether we might bring those quiet achievers to the attention of the honours secretariat." Dr Leigh said the honours system reflectedwho we were as a nation. "If we ignore the vital community work of women, then we're not telling a complete story about the local champions who are strengthening our social fabric." "The task for all of us in the future is to make sure we nominate as many talented women as men." TheAustralian oakley outlet store near me Honours and Awards Branch spokesman said they would "very much like to see more nominations for, and from, women" to combat their under representation. He said the honours and awards system operates to acknowledge the contributions and service of all Australians, but "this is in the hands of Australians who decide to nominate". ANU associate professor of philosophy Fiona Jenkins said while incremental change was a step in the right direction, it was also a slow way to get to where the country should be. She said the nomination rate also aligned with what counted as an achievement. "Women's work is often undervalued simply because it's women's work," Ms Jenkins oakley sunglasses outlet said. She said drastic change was needed, but that would mean taking a proactive approach to the decision making process. "The question oakley ballistic is if you're not getting 50/50, why aren't you and that's quite a strong incentive for people to look at things more closely and make it happen," MsJenkins said.
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