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Working from home: Risks and Rewards

There have been many claims that Working from Home (WFH) will spearhead a feminist revolution, likening the change in our work environment to the structural changes we saw for working women during and after WW1.

These sorts of claims elicit many questions;

  • Is this a positive change?
  • Does WFH finally give women the flexibility we have been fighting for?
  • How do we navigate WFH when our own home is not safe?
  • What about work, health and safety? What about the costs of running a home office?
  • Will WFH be optional in the future? Should it be? Will more time in the home, increase our care work?
  • What types of workers get to WFH? Do you have to let your employer into your home? Will work hours increase? What on earth are we doing about childcare?

There are no simple answers, and as always it depends; not every person has the opportunity to WFH or experiences WFH equally. Can we re-imagine work, so that is works for us?

To keep this conversation going and maybe answer some of these questions, the Working Women’s Centre SA Inc is proud to host:

Working from Home: Risks and Rewards: An online panel conversation about gender and labour, while working from & in the home.



  • Alison Pennington – Senior Economist for the Centre for Future Work
  • The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC – Minster for Human services in South Australia
  • Professor Suzanne Franzway – Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies University of South Australia
  • Maria Hagias – Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Safety Services SA
  • MC – Abbey Kendall – Director of The Working Women’s Centre SA Inc.

Young Women & COVID19

The impact of COVID19 on young women has been devastating.

  • The pandemic has hit every aspect of our lives:
  • Financially, through job losses or reduced hours
  • Insecurity in current employment & long term career trajectory
  • Safety risks of exposure to COVID and risk of DV & sexual violence
  • An increased risk of homelessness
  • The toll on our Mental Health


When it comes to getting work, young women are in a worse position than any other age and gender demographic. So it’s important to question: are our needs reflected in COVID recovery policies? In this seminar, we will discuss the impacts of COVID19 on young women, what needs to happen to stop us from being left behind, and how to turn our anger into action. Several powerful young women will join us to share their thoughts and experiences.



  • Alison Pennington, Senior Economist at the Centre for Future Work
  • Siew Tang Woon, 485 working visa worker at the Adelaide Casino
  • Claudia Ienco, casual worker and part of Anti-Poverty Network SA
  • Jamila Ahmadi of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre
  • Kate McAuley, primary school teacher


There will be an Q&A session and opportunities to provide your input into the discussion. We acknowledge that this event will stream from Kaurna land and we pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land, past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.


This webinar is part of the Working Women’s Centre youth project that is funded by the Government of South Australia – Department of Human Resources.

Young women & COVID survey giveaway!

By filling out this survey between 16th December 2020 and 31st January 2021, you will go in the draw to win one of our fantastic giveaway prizes! If you would like to go in the draw, please make sure you provide us with your contact details. You will have a chance of winning:

  • one of two $50 groceries vouchers
  • a $100 voucher to buy some lush plants
  • a stack of feminist books, or
  • a set of Working Women’s Centre merchandise (a t-shirt, socks and a tea towel).

    Each winner will win one of these giveaways. By filling out the survey, you automatically go in the draw to win one of these prizes as long as you provide us with your contact details.

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