• Socio-Political

    Is Kowtowing an Acceptable Practice in the Workplace?

    Kowtowing means to act in an overly subservient manner. In East Asian cultures it is the highest sign of reverence. But is kowtowing acceptable in workplaces in the western world, like Australia? Furthermore, what is happening when it occurs in the workplace? I commenced my public service career of 25 years in the 1980s. Back then all job promotions were seniority driven, not through merit. So, I believe I am credentialed to provide commentary on the topic. It was in such an environment that I learned early that everyone kowtowed to those more senior. This meant we had to be careful with our words. Also, our commentary, and views. If…

  • Socio-Political

    Patriarchy and ‘the awakening’

    Patriarchy is a set of belief systems, ideologies, and experiences that together create a worldview. They are tightly held in what I call the normative paradigm of patriarchy. It is a fixed worldview that cannot readily be changed. Those whose minds are regulated by the normative paradigm of patriarchy are responsible for the toxic relationships seen worldwide. That is, in the workplace, home, and community. The paradigm fans the flames for the exploitation of women. The normative paradigm of patriarchy The normative paradigm of patriarchy dates back to a patriarchal belief system in the first century, based on patria potestas.  In this social system power is held by the pater-familias.…

  • Socio-Political

    GENDER MAINSTREAMING

    Have you heard anyone talk about gender mainstreaming? Today, the 8th March is International Women’s Day. It is celebrated every year to applaud women’s achievements. Also, it draws attention to women’s human rights and fundamental freedom to participate in all aspects of social, economic, cultural and politically life. But what is gender mainstreaming? It was established as a major global strategy for the promotion of gender equality in the Beijing Platform for Action from the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) agreed on some important overall principles for gender mainstreaming. While mainstreaming is clearly essential for securing…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Gender equality: secular and sacred

    When I think of gender equality I think of the juxtaposition of the secular and the sacred. There is now a conversation across political parties, in the media and community in Australia about gender equality. This has come about due to the low representation of women in the Federal Liberal Party. In the country of a “fair go” are women with the same capability and qualifications as men getting a “fair go” in the workplace? Looking at the evidence there is still a way to go before gender equality is realised. To begin with there is a gender pay gap. Australian women must work and extra 56 days a year…