Some recent discussions on the role of gender and tasks as they affect the working experiences of women…
Canadian researchers Katherine Lippel and Karen Messing were among presenters at the International Conference “Women’s Work & Health” held March 2015 in Brussels. Organized by the European Trade Union Institute, the conference theme was sharing knowledge and experiences to enhance women’s working conditions and gender equality. The Conference Report has been posted on the website, along with presentations and video interviews.
Katherine Lippel spoke on the importance of considering the effect of organizational factors on workplace health and safety separately for men and women, with reference to a recent study finding women had more compensated mental health problems.
Karen Messing addressed issues involved in better integrating questions concerning women into OHS research and practices.
Balancing care and work are common challenges; injury adds another layer of complexity. A recently published Australian study looks at issues faced by injured women workers with family care responsibilities while in recovery and requiring return to work support. The authors emphasize the need, for effective policy development, to expand the forms of quantitative data collected, and highlight the crucial role played by qualitative data from women’s experiences in bringing to light gaps in information and understanding.
- Maher, JaneMaree et al. 2015. “Mothers caring through injury: how can we understand the dual burden of caregivers’ recovery?” Journal of Family Studies 21: 72-86
Issues of gender, work and health are a focus of research also of the Institute for Work & Health.