EQUITY AND DISCRIMINATION MAIN ISSUE FACING THE NATION
-Mission Australia’s 2013 Youth Survey finds.
Releasing the Survey Mission CEO Toby Hall said:
‘There is clearly a strong sentiment amongst young women that there are major impediments to equality for people from different genders, cultural groups and backgrounds. All young Australians deserve to feel equal and respected in their community, but these results indicate we still have a long way to go. This stands as an important reminder that the major legal reforms around discrimination over several decades have not eliminated the need for further initiatives to promote equity within the workplace and the community.
The increased concern amongst respondents regarding politics and societal values and equity and discrimination also reflects, at least in part, the public discussion prevailing at the time of the survey; including debate surrounding the role of gender in politics, asylum seekers and also discussion about marriage equality. As always, our young people are highly attuned to the political and social discourse of the day.
Thankfully, there is still much optimism among young Australians, with the majority of those surveyed expressing a positive outlook about the future in general. If we take this opportunity to listen to their voices and act on their concerns, there remains great hope for the future of our country and the next generation of Australians who will lead it.”
The 2013 Youth Survey found that 1 in 4 young people fear there simply won’t be sufficient employment and training opportunities in their local community when they finish school.
When it comes to pursuing a career in their preferred industry, only half think it will be possible in the area they live.
The survey also found that while most young people intended to complete their formal education, males were almost three times more likely than females to say they didn’t intend to complete year twelve.
” Clearly, young people are concerned about gender equity issues, and we should be doing more to engage them with women’s organisations working in this field. NFAW identified youth unemployment as a major policy issue in its Election 2013 Compare and Contrast series ( http://www.nfaw.org/category/news-feed/)”, Social Policy Chair Marie Coleman said.