Australia-China Forum on Trade and Labour Market: Gender Balance
14-15 February 2019
University of South Australia, Adelaide
While influences of international trade and foreign investment on the labour market have been well documented, divergent opinions towards migration and trade wars initiated by the United States in the name of bringing jobs back to America are a timely reminder that a more nuanced examination on this matter is needed. In particular, the recent rise of populism suggests that many are worse off as a result of globalisation.
Along with globalisation, there is ongoing concern about gender equality in the labour market. Even though women have exceeded men in education attainment in China and Australia since the early 2000s, the gender pay gap persists and women are still under-represented at the senior level in various organisations. The conversation on gender equality will not be complete without considering the implication of trade and FDI. Research on the impact of a globalised market on women’s rights and gender balance is far from concluded.
With financial support from the Australia China Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the implications of trade and FDI on labour markets in Australia and China—two close trade partners in the Asia-Pacific area. With the aim of opening a dialogue on how different groups are affected in the labour market, the forum will allow stakeholders to exchange ideas and demonstrate how to ride the waves of globalisation to promote labour force diversity and participation, while being cautious of the negative impact of international trade and cross-border investment on local workforce.