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Men and women – how do we compare across social issues?

How do to the genders compare across social issues in Australia?

ABSThe Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) released on August 31 the Economic Security, Education, Health, Work and Family Balance, Safety and Justice, and Democracy, Governance and Citizenship.

It has been developed to provide a central access point to explore differences in these domains for women and men in Australia, and also to provide a broad basis for social analysis and research in the field of gender.

In this edition of the report, the ABS has provided new data on some of the following areas:

  • Employment conditionsHow do the genders compare across social issues?
  • Long-term health conditions
  • Living with a disability
  • Psychological stress
  • Mental Health
  • Victimisation rates
  • Superannuation

“Many of the social and economic circumstances of men and women in the last 10 years have seen only minimal change, however, the report shows gradual changes in a few areas,” said Lisa Conolly, Director of Family and Community Statistics at the ABS.

For example, 44% of employed women worked part time in 2015-16, compared with 15% of employed men. These relatively high rates of women working part time have remained much the same over the last decade, but there has been a gradual increase in part-time work for men, up from 12% a decade ago. Many more women work part time when they have young children: three in five (62%) with a child under five worked part time, while around 9 per cent of fathers of young children did so.

For a breakdown of the report, visit the ABS website.