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Men’s family responsibilities and work

#1110 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 9 August 2015.

On Thursday, federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick argued in The Sydney Morning Herald that “too many men pretend they don’t have family responsibilities while at work.”

She said this created a distorted model of a worker “available 24/7 without any visible caring responsibilities.” On the other hand:

When men step up and work differently … it says you can be a serious player at work and an engaged dad. That role modelling – that sharing of yourself, your personal experience, your personal challenges [in the workplace] – is so important.

Broderick says gender equality could be improved through “better sharing of paid and unpaid work between men and women, which is why flexible work is so important.”

In my view, Australian men are doing a whole lot better than twenty or thirty years ago. But what makes for a better society, and family, and workplace? And what must I do differently to bring positive change?

I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.

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