Below is some of the latest gender equality research from around the world.
This week’s list is a lot longer than usual due to the Easter break. I hope you enjoy it.
As always, if you have any newly released research, statistics, or reports on gender equality that you think should be added, please send them through to me.
- Claire Newton
- Communications Advisor
- National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ)
- Level 4, Central House, 26 Brandon Street, PO Box 25 498, Wellington 6146
- Tel: +64 4 473 7623
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- website: www.ncwnz.org.nz
This report puts the spotlight on perpetrators of family violence and calls for earlier and more proactive intervention. It promotes the potential of the justice system to be an active and involved entity that can interrupt violence and make those who use it more visible.
On the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation assesses the gains for women and girls and the gaps in progress over the past two decades. The report includes three chapters: unlocking potential, ensuring security and creating opportunity.
As we continue to see sexism in the media, it’s helpful to ask a simple question: Who makes our media? The VIDA Count has explored this and found that while publications are slowly chipping away at the gender gap, a disparity persists. Of the 15 publications examined, only two had more bylines by women than men: the New York Times Book Review and literary quarterly Tin House.
The common stereotype of women being more emotional and therefore less rational has once again been disproved. A meta-analysis of psychology research concluded that when it comes to moral decisions, women are no less cognitive than men in weighing up dilemmas that involve harm, but that women do have stronger gut feelings in the process.
Contraception’s cost, accessibility, and morality is often a hotly debated issue – but for millennials, it is hardly a controversial topic. A survey exploring the attitudes of 2,300+ Americans aged 18 – 35 found that millennials disagree on a number of sexual health issues, including sex education, abortion and sexual behaviours. But most agreed on one thing: that contraception is critical for the financial security of women.
Having a woman at the top of a company might signal that there is no room for any others. New research has found that a woman’s chances of landing one of a company’s five highest-paid executive jobs drop 51% if there’s already a woman on the team. The explanation is not entirely clear, but the authors speculate that it could be a result of unconscious biases and quotas.
Intimate partner violence is not only a human rights issue, but also a public health issue. This review finds that women in abusive relationships are less likely to use contraception. When they do use it, they choose more discreet methods — IUDs, injections, or even sterilization — that they don’t have to disclose, and that their partners are unable to refuse, deny to them or sabotage.
United States: State of the American manager: Analytics and advice for leaders
Female managers are better at engaging their employees than male managers, found a study from market research firm Gallup. It revealed that employees who work for a female boss are, on average, 6% more engaged than those who work for a male manager. Female employees who work for a female manager are the most engaged of any group of workers.