Fast Five Issue no. 16

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 Issue no. 16 of Fast Five is here… and it’s a big one. If you keep on scrolling, you’ll find a collection of hand-picked articles covering topics such as how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted women, why we should lower our expectations and focus on surviving during this time and more.





1. The Biased Virus: How COVID-19 has shone a light on gender inequality

By Interchange | 7 minute read



Throughout the development of the pandemic, one thing has become very clear – the need for gender equality. Although COVID-19 shows no discrimination towards who or how it infects a person, it has, in fact, had more of a negative impact on the lives of women. Have a read of this article to find out how.

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2. Why the closure of childcare centres will be especially tough on working mothers

By Danielle Wood | 4 minute read



As most of us are aware, stage 4 restrictions have come into effect in metropolitan Melbourne, causing childcare centres to close. It goes without saying that families are doing it tough, but there’s one demographic struggling more than others – working mothers. With childcare centres critical to women’s workforce participation, these closures have impacts that go far deeper than meets the eye.

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3. The Seemingly Lightless Tunnel: Aiming to survive, not thrive

By Interchange | 6 minute read



When the pandemic first became apparent, we were under the impression that it was going to be a sprint. Well, as it turns out, it’s a marathon – a gruelling one at that. Despite our initial good intentions, this is not the time for us to thrive within isolation – our aim is to survive.

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4. The economic case for gender targets

By Kate Howitt | 5 minute read



We all know that gender equality is an important social issue, but bridging the gap between men and women also comes with many benefits for businesses and the economy more broadly.

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5. How to sustain your organization’s culture when everyone is remote

By Jennifer Howard-Grenville | 9 minute read



Since the pandemic struck, office life as we know it has shifted dramatically. We had a mass exodus of white-collar workers from our colossal office buildings, swapping the cubicle mazes and water cooler conversations to makeshift office desks and surprise canine meeting guests. Although we have proven that remote work can be efficient, one thing we are lacking is the connection to our organisational culture. How can we keep the culture alive whilst we are all so spread out?

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