Gender directive has ‘limited impact’ on advisers’ business

Insurer says while it is positive news that the gender directive had little impact, there are still too many people without protection cover.   The gender directive had limited impact on advisers’ protection business with fewer than a third of adviser respondents stating the regulation made their customers review their protection needs, research from Zurich revealed. The gender directive came into force on 21 December 2011 and meant insurers cannot charge different rates for men and women. There has since been concern that gender neutral pricing will increase the cost of annuities for…Read more

Why are so many people still hungry?

On the occasion of World Food Day, we analyse what has been achieved and what challenges still face food security. Inside Story Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 12:47 According to a report from the United Nations, there has been a decrease in the amount of starving people around the world, which was good news on World Food Day on Wednesday. Statistics reflect that there are now fewer mouths left unfed in the world, but the number of starving people is still staggering - more than 800 million in the developing world alone. This is very good news, and especially a reason to do more ….…Read more

All-women travel takes off in India

Women-only travel clubs are growing across the country to cater to those empowered by education and employment. Sudha G Tilak Last Modified: 19 Oct 2013 12:13 If there’s an upside to the slowing of the global economy, these Indian women have not heard of it. Groups of Indian women are travelling together to destinations far and wide, from the Taj Mahal in Agra to the Antarctica. Patriarchy tradition has dictated that the Indian woman always remain under the protection and care of a male – a father figure or husband. These women opt…Read more

Infographic: Gender violence in Pakistan

The regions of Rawalpindi and Lahore had the highest number of reported cases of attacks on women. Alia Chughtai, Asad Hashim Last Modified: 12 Oct 2013 12:20 Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/10/infographic-gender-violence-pakistan-2013101192154740144.html  Read more

Executives add voices to call to redress gender disparity

A group of Australia's most senior business executives have added their voices to the call to redress the gender disparity in the Australian board and management ranks – some calling on the Federal government, which has only one female cabinet member, to lead by example. Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev said: "All of us that have senior teams with under 50 per cent women will (be asked) why is there not more. The government is in the same category." Woolworths chief, Grant O'Brien said: "I think the reaction from the people to…Read more