Australian Defence Force having difficulty recruiting and retaining women


According to new research cited in The Guardian, the Australian Defence Force is experiencing low recruitment and retention of women, despite the fact it removed restrictions on women in combat roles in back in September 2011. Currently, women account for only 14 percent of the ADF, a number that has remained stable throughout the last 10 years, according to Dr. Megan MacKenzie of the University of Sydney. Although the ADF more than doubled its spending on recruitment in 2011, with drawing women a key objective, MacKenzie said, “Just opening the door doesn’t solve some of these broader gender issues.” It’s not simply an issue of recruiting, as women leave the ADF at higher rates than men due to lack of flexible work options, lack of support and mentoring, as well as the high rate of harassment.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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