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Historically, there are many differences in the lives of men and women. For example, it is generally acknowledged that women are more likely than men to have interrupted career patterns, often due to caring responsibilities. They are more likely to spend less time in the paid workforce and are often concentrated in lower paying sectors and in casual and part-time employment. These circumstances impact on women’s ongoing financial security as well as retirement savings.
The use of gender analysis helps planners in being aware of historic and current differences in order to produce more effective gender inclusive policies and programs for both women and men.
The Tasmanian Government has a commitment to gender equity and inclusiveness, as espoused by many of the Tasmania Together goals and benchmarks.
There are also legislative and international agreements which provide good reason for considering gender analysis.