Paying the Price: Women, Work and Care is COTA NSW's first Parliamentary Forum for 2014.
The forum will explore the financial challenges that women face as they age.
Over their lifetimes, women often spend considerable periods out of the workforce as unpaid carers. As a result, women approaching retirement often have less superannuation accrued and lower levels of savings than their male peers.
This, coupled with changing patterns of home-ownership, means that increasing numbers of women – including those who are currently middle-income earners – risk homelessness once they retire.
Paying the Price seeks to prompt debate about the measures that should be adopted to ensure Australian women enjoy a more secure older age.
NSW Minister for Ageing the Hon. John Ajaka will open the event, followd by keynote addresses by:
Ben Spies-Butcher - Senior Lecturer in Economy and Society, Macquarie University
Felicity Reynolds - CEO, Mercy Foundation
Helen Conway - Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Jane Counsel - Head of Diversity & Flexibility, Westpac
Alison Aggarwal - Principal Advisor, Sex Discrimination Team, Australian Human Rights Commission
Rafal Chomik - Senior Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, UNSW
Following the keynote addresses,the speakers will participate in panel discussion titled Paying it forward, facilitated by journalist Adele Horin.
COTA NSW holds several forums at NSW State Parliament House each year. Click here to view footage of our recent forum Let’s talk about dying, which included lively debate on controversial issues such as ‘assisted dying.’
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COTA NSW is the peak body advocating on behalf of older people in NSW. We address issues that matter to older people and work to bring their concerns to the attention of politicians, policy-makers, and the media, as well as the wider community.